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Albums I Use To Test Music Equipment

I'm a bit of an audiophile. All of my music gets ripped at 320k mp3, except for my absolute favorite albums of all time which get ripped using flac. Even then, I usually listen to albums straight from the cd, or on vinyl if I have it. I only upgrade my stereo system in bits and pieces, being a poor college student, but I'm working on it and love to test out each upgrade by listening to these albums.
1Pink Floyd
Dark Side of the Moon

This is a no brainer. It's the standard stereo tester, for many reasons. I never cease to be amazed that this was recorded in 1972
OK Computer

This is great for testing clarity. The album is so layered and has so much going on at once, with poor equipment it can all get muddled together. But using a nice stereo system, everything becomes more clear.
3 Beethoven
9th Symphony

I particularly like to compare David Zinman's and Bernard Haitnik's recordings. Nothing beats classical music for contrasts between whisper soft to thunderous... pianississimo to fortississimo. Beethoven's 9th is so damn good also!

This album is produced very, very well. It has huge variety from track to track, allowing good contrast comparisons. The drums on this album are mind blowing.
5 Supersuckers
Must've Been High

This is more of a personal pick. I just love this album, and it was recorded extremely well, using all analog equipment.
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