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    Quote Originally Posted by psychobiologist View Post
    very nice apogees duettas

    which amp're you using to drive these power-sucking speakers?
    The amp on the side which looks like Perreaux Prisma series......then again I am just guessing....keke....

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    Quote Originally Posted by photobum View Post
    Your system looks very decent and practical.

    I have heard the Quad 11L in the past and love it. The 11Lís ability to render a wide and deep soundstage is amazing. Similar to my Celestion SL600 the vocals are stunning and uncolored. Closing my eyes and it is as if they are right there singing in front of me. Chamber and Jazz music sound very good on the 11L too. As to tonal balance, the 11L possess a very smooth mid-range, but can be a tiny bit dry on the extreme top end, depending upon on the setup. I would characterize them as being more neutral than warm. At the same time, they are not analytical, sterile, or cold. They are also amazingly transparent.
    thanks for e compliment.

    as far as my set-up goes, it somehow sounds like my Sennheiser (headphone) HD570! nice sweet vocals, good for jazz. with the subwoofer chiming in, adding just a hint (but nothing more) of bass for movies. pity cant do pop music with oomph...

    not without flaws, but the performance i am happy with. i wonder if my neighbours agree. wa-hahaa....

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    Quote Originally Posted by petetherock View Post
    Nice list...
    But IMHO, your system should sound good with ALL the music you like to listen to.
    Too many people only play music on their systems which are 'audiophile' and avoid pop, or other regular music.

    I play Emil Chau, Enigma, Mozart and many other music
    Cheers
    I do listen to regular CDs/LPs like those from Teresa Teng, Michael Jackson, Elton John, Sting, Dire Straits, Lionel Richie, Richard Marx, ABBA and even Jay Chou . They all sound good on my system.
    Last edited by photobum; 24th October 2008 at 07:51 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by psychobiologist View Post
    yumyum.. spica tc50 and celestion sl600.. you've some good bookshelves there..
    i used to have a pair of spica tc50s.. the imaging's really good if you place them correctly, and have enough space for them to shine..
    The first time I auditioned the TC-50 was at Audio Suite in Marina Square during the early 1990s. I must admit that my initial impression of the Spica wasn't great. Bright, lean, bass roll-off and forward mid-range. But the more I listen, the more I love it..... like a slow poison.

    The chance came in 2001 when an audiophile 'kaki' of mine wanted to trade-in his TC-50 for my MIT Shotgun Terminator speaker cables. It was a good deal for me as I didn't really like Shotgun anyway. That was how I obtained the Spica.
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    Quote Originally Posted by reachme2003 View Post
    Mary Black?
    Mary Black's No Frontiers; a classic audiophile reference CD to many. However, I am sorry to say I am sick and tired of listening to Mary Black. Now, I use Diana Krall's The Look of Love.
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    Quote Originally Posted by photobum View Post
    Mary Black's No Frontiers; a classic audiophile reference CD to many. However, I am sorry to say I am sick and tired of listening to Mary Black. Now, I use Diana Krall's The Look of Love.
    I specially like "Only a Woman's Heart" in this album.

    Some of my favourites:-
    Jennifer Warnes - The Hunter
    Gabrielle Roth - Totem
    Chris Spheeris - Culture
    Dadawa - Sister Drum
    Hugo Gold CD - Limited Edition of Chinese Orchestral Music

    What are your favourites?
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    Quote Originally Posted by teerex View Post
    I specially like "Only a Woman's Heart" in this album.

    Some of my favourites:-
    Jennifer Warnes - The Hunter
    Gabrielle Roth - Totem
    Chris Spheeris - Culture
    Dadawa - Sister Drum
    Hugo Gold CD - Limited Edition of Chinese Orchestral Music.
    'The Hunter' is another great album from Jennifer Warnes. I like the first track 'Rock you gently'. Very cheerful song to listen to.

    However, I feel that Dadawa's 'Sister Drum' sounded a bit of a rip-off from Enya, Kitaro and Gregorian Chant. According to a Tibetan friend of mine, the music is not as Tibetan as it could be. In fact, he said that it is more Chinese than Tibetan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by photobum View Post
    'The Hunter' is another great album from Jennifer Warnes. I like the first track 'Rock you gently'. Very cheerful song to listen to.
    My fav in this album, track 8 'Way Down Deep'. I like the deep low bass.

    Quote Originally Posted by photobum View Post
    'However, I feel that Dadawa's 'Sister Drum' sounded a bit of a rip-off from Enya, Kitaro and Gregorian chant.
    Fully agree, that's why I did not get her 2nd album '7 Days'.
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    Quote Originally Posted by teerex View Post
    My fav in this album, track 8 'Way Down Deep'. I like the deep low bass.
    If you want to test for the deepest, deep bass your speakers can crank out, try listening to Michael Jackson's 'Dangerous', track 14 'Dangerous'. The music will push any subwoofer to its limits.
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    Quote Originally Posted by photobum View Post
    If you want to test for the deepest, deep bass your speakers can crank out, try listening to Michael Jackson's 'Dangerous', track 14 'Dangerous'. The music will push any subwoofer to its limits.
    Thanks, will check that out, have not listened to MJ for a long long time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by teerex View Post
    Thanks, will check that out, have not listened to MJ for a long long time.
    I feel that any of Michael Jackson's song before 1995 is listenable (buy his HIStory album and compilation CD). After '95, all of his music went downhill.
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    Thanks for recommendation, will head down to CD stores.

    Anyone listens to Gabrielle Roth? Her albums are always out of stock.
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    Some of my test disk :

    Cai qin -jin yu for mid
    Nils Lofgren "Keith Don't Go" for speed transition
    Bamboo album for bass for bass
    jazz in the pawnshop for sound stage

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    Quote Originally Posted by strobby View Post
    Some of my test disk :

    Cai qin -jin yu for mid
    Cai Qin's 'Ji Yu' has several versions. Mainly: Hong Kong pressing, Taiwan pressing, Mainland China pressing and Japan pressing XRCD. Of course, each varies in price.

    In my opinion, the best and most expensive (S$45-S$48) is the Japan XRCD version. Second is Taiwan version, then Hong Kong version. The worst is Mainland China version. I don't know what the Mainlanders did to all the songs. Their tonality totally changed and the pace is faster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by photobum View Post
    If you want to test for the deepest, deep bass your speakers can crank out, try listening to Michael Jackson's 'Dangerous', track 14 'Dangerous'. The music will push any subwoofer to its limits.
    how about erich kunzel's 1812?
    chezburgr i can haz?

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    how about erich kunzel's 1812?
    That's another one. In pop music, nothing comes close to Michael Jackson's 'Dangerous' in my opinion. Five minutes of consistent low frequencies to rumble any woofer or subwoofer.

    Other CD recordings featuring ultra-low bass tracks:

    • Hindemith 'Organ Works' [Argo 417 159-2]. Track 5 at 4:45 features a 19Hz note that is 6dB louder than the highest level anywhere else on the disc.
    • Bass Outlaws 'Illegal Bass' [Newtown NTN2210]. Track 12 features ultra-loud bass in the low to sub 20Hz range.
    • Mendelssohn 'Organ Works' [Argo 414 420-2]. Extremely loud 19Hz tones on track 8 - proceed with caution!
    • Saint-Saens 'Organ Symphony' [Philips 412 619-2]. Nine minutes into track 2 features deep bass down to 16Hz.
    • Thom Rotella Band. One minute into track 12 features a bass guitar solo that illustrates superb bass transients.
    • Star Tracks II [Telarc CD80146]. Track 2 features extremely deep bass about one minute into the track.
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    Quote Originally Posted by psychobiologist View Post
    how about erich kunzel's 1812?
    I have both versions, and I love to use it to test the limits of the sound system In fact some of the Eric Kunzel/Cincinnati Pops cd especially those movie soundtracks are good too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by photobum View Post
    [*]Star Tracks II [Telarc CD80146]. Track 2 features extremely deep bass about one minute into the track.[/LIST]
    Is this the opening sequence from Also Sprach Zarathustra?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kelccm View Post
    Is this the opening sequence from Also Sprach Zarathustra?
    Nope, it is from Robert Zemeckis' 'Back to the Future', composed by Alan Silvestri.
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    Telarc CD-80342. Reich Kunzel, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra has lots of movie themes.

    Track 3 - 46sec of deep bass thumping of T Rex walking (Jurassic Park)

    Some of the themes I like on this CD:-
    - Jurassic Park - Main Theme
    - The Abyss - End Titles
    - Clash of the Titans - Main Titles
    - Total Recall - Main Titles

    Has anyone used Sheffield/XLO Test & Burn-in CD? It's supposed to be used for burning in cables, components and speakers.
    Seems to be it's just some low/high frequencies recordings from a tone generator. Supposed to let it run for hours to do the burning in.
    Is this any good or does it have any effect on the system at all
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