What are your audiophile recordings for system evaluation and setup?

Great choices. BTO out for #1 is a long time favourite of mine. Blue Collar is awesome too. Love Nils Lofgren Acoustic Live - Ted hit out of the park there.

Here are a few

Tom Petty Live Anthology Ladies and Gentleman & Nightwatchman
Dave Grusin Homage to Duke (incredible studio recording)
Jackson Browne Solo Acoustic Take it Easy
Paint it Blue Songs of the Rolling Stones Wild Horses & Honky Tonk Woman
Grace Jones Slave to the Rhythm Hot blooded mix
Lynrd Skynrd Endagered Species Sweat Home Alabama
John Martyn Glory Box
Bob Dylan Oh Mercy The Man in the long Black Coat
James Brown People Get Upnand drive your funky soul
Black Eyed Peas They Dont want music
Julie Driscoll Brian auger the trinity Season of the Witch
Muddy Waters Folk Singer Good Morning Little School Girl


I also use Dire Straits “Communique” and Hugh Masekela’s “Hope”

Chicken Run Movie Soundtrack.

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In general for system evaluation and setup I use recordings I made of two bands I was a drummer within recorded in my then garage apartment space. I knew the room, the equipment, the players, and I have listened to these on every system I’ve had since 1985 or so. They tell me a LOT.

The other constant is I use not necessarily “audiophile” recordings but recordings I’ve heard for years on many systems such as John Coltrane “Crescent,” Charles Mingus “East Coasting,” Miles Davis “Miles Smiles,” or Jimi Hendrix “Band of Gypsys.” These tell me a lot as well.

There is one recent recording I think is very well recorded and mastered on both LP and cd that I know put into the evaluation rotation: Jose James “Yesterday I Had the Blues,” a Billie Holiday tribute album on Blue Note.


When you set up your system or need to check its performance, what recordings do you use?

I use my Qobuz list… You can try that @akubacki

I created a Tidal list of Paul’s Picks as did someone else. I’m not sure which is which. Here is the one I have saved in Tidal.

This Playlist is the one someone else configured. Mine is in Roon and uses 30 tracks from my library. This one is someone else’s.

Since I don’t have a PS Audio streaming device (sorry…) I am not able to see what’s in that playlist you posted. Can you post it in plain text…?

Here are some links:

Here’s a playlist of my test songs covering a wide range of styles. I’m using Roon / Tidal (and a NAS) / Bridge II / DirectStream DAC.

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The Holy Trinity.

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Just mentioned these One Mic recordings at another thread. These completely phase coherent recordings are highly recommended. I think they are superb for speaker placement. They received a very well written 5 star review ;
" Review about One Mic Recording by Joe Whip at Audiophile Style.

…These guys and this recording just rocks. Pace, rhythm, tone and soundstage are just off the charts.
The precise placement of all four of the musicians perfectly matches the photos of the sessions.
The balance of all four instruments is darn near perfect. As you can no doubt tell, I am a huge fan of this recording.
It is one of the best in terms of recording quality I have ever heard. Of course, and as always,
your view of the actual music content may vary quite considerably from mine.
Nonetheless, I think we would all agree that this recording sounds sensational…"



@audiophile, the samples on the Sound Liaison site sound great, but how do you send these to the DS DAC?


yeah, very intrigued by these. Feenbrothers’ Dave Brubeck album is excellent. I’ll sample others.

But curious what systems/DACs can play the DXD files. I’ll do some more investigating but what are you playing these through? Using Roon? Or as @tony22 asks, a DS DAC? (I’m using a mac mini with Roon, so far lower down the food chain.)

I could skip the DXD file and just do the 352 kHz FLAC, which I’m sure would sound bananas awesome on my system anyway.

I put the DXD files (which have WAV extensions :thinking:) on a USB stick last night. I’m going to see what happens when I plug it into the DMP front USB port.

wellllll roon can handle wav files so maybe it ain’t no big deal for my humble world

The DS’s USB input handles DXD just fine as do the I2S inputs (e.g. from the DMP)

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