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    great albums to listen to for learning monitors?

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    self explanitory the best mixed music to judge studio monitors. I'd like a good selection cause after my room treatment's done I want to re listen to my monitors and see if I need to get a second refrence pair like the the Yamaha HS50M's
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    Quote Originally Posted by doulos24 View Post
    self explanitory the best mixed music to judge studio monitors. I'd like a good selection cause after my room treatment's done I want to re listen to my monitors and see if I need to get a second refrence pair like the the Yamaha HS50M's
    not sure of a whole album but i read somewhere or a compilation of songs that were good the ony one i can rememeber is
    Elton John
    goodbye yellow brick road
    is a well balanced and mastered song for testing studio monitors

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    Miles Davis - Kind of Blue
    Pink Floyd - DSOTM
    Metallica - (The "Black" album)
    Danielle De Niese - Handel Arias
    Jacco Muller - Silueta (especially the pre-Cantaur CD pressing)
    Steely Dan - Aja

    That covers clean, dirty and in between. The only thing you need beyond those are BAD sounding albums. Just as important is that bad recordings actually sound bad. Too many "studio monitors" (for lack of a better term) don't cut it there.

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    My friend got this boxset of new DVD-Audio remixes of Gabriel-era Genesis, like the first 4-5 albums. He sent me a few mp3's....some of the best, if not the best, sounding recordings I have ever heard. No tape hiss, really nice high end, very dynamic, hardly any buss compression at all, if any.

    Dark Side of the Moon is also a traditional great. Black Album is phenomenal, one of the last dynamic heavy rock/metal albums to come out via mainstream

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    Quote Originally Posted by doulos24 View Post
    self explanitory the best mixed music to judge studio monitors.
    I don't buy into the theory at all. What point is there listening to something if you have no reference to work from?

    The best albums (though I think individual tracks are more appropriate) are those you're intimately familiar with and have heard on everything from a transistor radio to a THX surround system and know what it should sound like, so you can tell what's missing or what's there that wasn't before, whether the overall balance sounds both right and good (two different things) at the same time.

    If you just haven't listened to albums that way before, or if you never had a good reference to hear them on before, then any listening tests you perform have very little meaning.

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    I agree with Glen here, take the time to relearn your CD collection...hear how things sound now? that's your new refference and that's how you learn your moniotors.

    As time goes on you'll learn new monitors quicker and can jump to massive's method of having a few choice cuts over several genres of music. Some good choices in the list there too, Aja is one I reach for first followed by kula shaker's pigs, peasants & astronauts and ofcourse superdiscount by ettien de cercy .... what hifi's test CD for 5 years running in the late 1990's
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    I agree with Glen here, take the time to relearn your CD collection...hear how things sound now? that's your new refference and that's how you learn your moniotors.
    thats garbage what you just said I can learn any speakers doing that

    what would be the point in having a flat set of monitors then?

    there should be a compromise. find songs that are mixed by the best and hearing them on a refrence set a good home stereo or in the car etc. Then compare that to the same song or songs on the new monitors. If it's mixed like trash and cheap monitor make them sound pretty that's not what I'm after!

    I can learn a pair of behringer truths but why would I want to?
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    Quote Originally Posted by doulos24 View Post
    thats garbage what you just said I can learn any speakers doing that
    Isn't that what he's trying to do? Learn his monitors?

    Quote Originally Posted by doulos24 View Post
    I can learn a pair of behringer truths but why would I want to?
    Uhm if you owned a pair of behringer truth's your might.

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