Keep your favorite show piece as #1.
Eagles- Hotel CaliforniaNOTE: I moved the above post over from the SACD thread, since it did not belong there, but is certainly at home here in this thread!
There's a Captain Fantastic DVD-A...?!?!? @:Can't do just one since visiting guests will come with different musical tastes, but....
1. I'll tend to pop in ELP - Still You Turn Me On (2000 DVD-A) to BLOW people away with sheer loudness but with crystal quality. I have Definitive Technology towers with 500 watts of bass so the house literally shakes on that one...
2. Gentle Giant - The Power & The Glory(just replaced all others on this list...) Screw 'em if they don't like the music. The production, clarity & mix are the closest thing to Heaven I've encountered.
3. EJ - Capt. Fantastic DVD-A. Awe inspiring.
4. ELP - The Only Way(from Tarkus) Steven Wilson DVD-A. If you think you have a powerful system, try this one as loud as it goes.
5. YES - America (Fragile 2000 DVD-A) I love this mix plus the extra keyboard tracks. This is a guitarist's dream song.
Sorry for quoting an old post, but this is the only time I've seen someone mention my favorite "go-to" demo disc. I have the DVD-A - not sure how it compares to the SACD. The track "Lazy" just blows everyone away. Starts subtle and flies around the room. The crisp highs and deep bass take over afterwards. This one needs to be cranked up. I play this for everyone, no matter their musical taste.Next I play Lazy from the SACD of Machine Head (which is sourced from the quad master).
Yup..anything Steely Dan is "stupid GREAT"..Yeah - A lot of good ones. Steely Dan Gaucho is stupid good.
I'm glad you mention that about the Foreigner disc. That's my next purchase on DVD-A. I've heard nothing but good things about its 5.1 remastering. Are the rest of the tracks equally good..? ("Feels like the first time", etc) -SamMy neighbors came over one day to hear my system. I hit them with the likes of:
Fleetwood Mac - Never Going Back Again (stunning mix, great source material)
Eagles - Hotel California
Lynyrd Synyrd - The Ballad of Curtis Leow
Linkin Park - Reanimation various tracks
Depeche Mode - Personal Jesus (the back half of this track just thumps and the mix is very aggressive)
Foreigner - Headknocker (this track just sounds great in surround, I don't even want to hear it in stereo anymore...)
And I know this is supposed to be DVD-A's, but if I'm trying to impress someone with surround music, I have to also play for them:
Steven Wilson's "The Raven That Refused to Sing" from the BD (which is just astonishing...I mean, it's not even fair...)
Elton John's "Bennie and the Jets" from the BD
Peter Gabriel's "Darkness" from the Up SACD
The Police "Walking on the Moon" from the SACD of hits
Dire Straits' "Money For Nothing" sounds amazing as well (from SACD)
I think it is a good DVD-A but I wondered if you didn't find the bass a bit heavy, most specifically on Hotel California? All your other comments I agree with!I don't have very many but Hotel California on DVD-A is hard to beat. Great use of ALL channels. Creative mix as well. I.e: "Life in the Fastlane's" use of the electric guitars in the back channels is a good example, or the title track opening with the acoustic guitar in the center channel... My 2cents. -Sam