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What are Your Favorite Test Tracks and Why?
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The short list,
DSD 2.8 &
DSD 2.8 both for everything, depth, detail, stage
FLAC 24/96 for vocals
Killing Me Softly
FLAC 24/192 1973 remastered for vocals... she is right there...
Here is the odd one, but so familiar to me for comparing "fluidity":
(yes, the song track
from the album) FLAC 24/192 1972 remastered
In case you forgot:
Roberta Flack! :D
That's a magnificent track! It's among my favorite for imaging. The drum kit in that track is so precisely placed. The hat at far right the snare just to the left of it and the kick drum just to the left of that is so easy to pick out. The bass guitar at far left is clean and consistent and there's a subtle acoustic guitar just to the right of that. There's some other percussive instruments like a couple triangles and a tambourine at center left. The keyboard and backup vocal is dead center. And then to top it all off, as you said, Roberta herself almost like she's standing only a couple feet in front of me singing straight to me personally!
If I close my eyes and just listen I can almost see the whole performance if the system is up to it.
I think we can see the physical studio stage here, as it was recorded... as you said...
When I first listened (new rig),, it seemed somehow faked,, yes, cans off - back on,
it was so real...