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Published on October 24th, 2014 | by Alan Cross

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Are These the Best Albums for Testing Audio Systems?

When I was a kid, I used to go around to all the stereo shops in Winnipeg pretending to shop for high-end speakers. I’d bring some of my favourite albums and then make the salesperson cue them up and then crank the sound. It was really cheap entertainment.

A site called Noise Addicts has just published a list of what they believe to be the best music albums to test audio systems. Here’s a sample:

The Beatles, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Some call this the best album of all times. And maybe it is, maybe it’s not, but one thing is for sure: it’s amazing! What makes it fantastic are the details. The musical space that will open up before you while listening to this album is indescribable. It would be best to listen to it on vinyl – it was created with this medium in mind, and we should respect that.

The full article can be found here. Meanwhile, here’s my personal list of vinyl that should be used on any speakers before deciding on a purchase.




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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.


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2 Responses to Are These the Best Albums for Testing Audio Systems?

  1. Dan says:

    Roger Waters – Amused To Death

    Not only is this a great album, but it sounds great too. Whether home audio or car audio, this is my go to for listening to new components.

  2. OldSouthKyle says:

    I like to use Brothers in Arms by Dire Straits. I also think Grace by Jeff Buckley is a good one for testing vocal range. Not to mention it’s a fantastic album!

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