Buying Audio Gear? Here’s the Album You Should Used to Test It Out

Whenever I was in the market for speakers, I had my reference disc: Steely Dan’s 1977 album, Aja. This thing was performed so well, engineered so precisely, produced so carefully and mastered so perfectly that I can’t think of another record that can highlight the strengths and expose the flaws of any audio gear. Open Culture points to us to some of the finer points of how the album was made.

Alan Cross

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.

5 thoughts on “Buying Audio Gear? Here’s the Album You Should Used to Test It Out

  • April 30, 2016 at 9:12 pm
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    There was a good article floating around last year or so about how I.G.Y (from The Nightfly) is the go-to track for sound engineers to test a system.

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  • May 1, 2016 at 12:48 am
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    Back in the day, “Crime Of The Century” by Supertramp was another good one to use.

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  • May 1, 2016 at 8:56 am
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    Bohemian Rhapsody will give any speakers a good workout.

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  • May 1, 2016 at 9:02 pm
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    my favourite audiophile swears by an album by Dead Can Dance

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  • May 1, 2016 at 10:05 pm
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    I’ve always used Tears For Fears – Seeds Of Love LP although there are a ton of really good LPs for testing depending on your musical tastes.

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