I love high-end audio. For cheap entertainment back in university, I use to torture the sales people at audio stores by asking to demo expensive speakers using records I brought in myself. Not a single one of these people ever made a sale, but I sure got to hear this music the way it was meant to be heard.
If things go my way, I hope to finish the basement later this year and turn part of it into a dedicated two-channel listening area: a good amp, CD player, a turntable and the best speakers I can possibly buy without my wife divorcing me. The thought of auditioning new gear makes me giddy.
But what music should I use? Here’s my latest list for vinyl–all 180-gram reissues, of course.
- Kind of Blue/Miles Davis (1959)
- Time Out/Dave Brubeck Quartet (1959)
- Crime of the Century/Supertramp (1974)
- Aja/Steely Dan (1977)
- Marquee Moon/Television (1977)
- The Wall/Pink Floyd (1979)
- Love Over Gold/Dire Straits (1982)
- Avalon/Roxy Music (1982)
- So/Peter Gabriel (1986)
- Random Access Memories/Daft Punk (2013)
Now what about the best digital recordings? I haven’t made my list yet, although I did find these ten recommendations from CNET. What would you add?