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#2562 - 04/11/02 03:11 AM Just for the fun of it

Registered: 03/19/02
Posts: 21
Loc: California
I thought it might be fun and a nice change of pace if Axiom owners could tell us what recordings they think sound best on their Axiom speakers. I'm always on the lookout for excellent recordings of all types of music.
Also, I'm having a few audiophile friends over this weekend and would like them to hear my M3s at their very best, so, any recommendations of great recordings would be most welcome.
It would be nice if Amie, Ian and Alan could chime-in and tell us what kind of music they listen to and their favorite recordings. Thank you.

#2563 - 04/11/02 08:55 AM Re: Just for the fun of it
ravi_singh Offline

Registered: 03/14/02
Posts: 1351
Loc: Montreal

this is a great idea. Talon Audio has this on their website:

IT would be great if they let us know of some terrific recordings.
Here's my personal very short list:

1) Patricia Barber - Cafe Blue & Modern Cool
2) Nine Inch Nails - The Fragile, The Downward Spiral, & STILL
3) Miles Davis - Kind of Blue
4) anything by Diana Krall. Her new DVD, live in Paris, is VERY well recorded on the 5.1, but not the 2 channel. It is DTS and Digital Dolby.
5) For hip hop lovers: The latest Aaliyah, and Jurassic 5 - Quality Control

#2564 - 04/11/02 08:57 AM Re: Just for the fun of it
ravi_singh Offline

Registered: 03/14/02
Posts: 1351
Loc: Montreal
Here's some more

Tabla Beat Science - Tala Matrix (Indian Percussions)
for techno lovers, anything by Autechre

#2565 - 04/11/02 03:37 PM Re: Just for the fun of it
SurinderDhoti Offline

Registered: 08/06/01
Posts: 20
KD Lang: "Ingenue" Great production, great melodies, terrific range. No weak point on the album
Mark Knopfler: the remastered soundtrack to "Local Hero". Fabulous acoustic guitar. Clear and sharp attack
Holly Cole: "It Happened One Night". Will put a fabulous live performance in the middle of your listening room. With apologies to Diana Krall - this is the one female jazz album to listen to if you have to pick only one.
Joni Mitchell: "Blue". Try to find a good copy on vinyl. Classic seminal album and you can impress your "audiophile friends" with your observation that the CD sounds nowhere near as good.

Edited by SurinderDhoti (04/11/02 03:48 PM)

#2566 - 04/11/02 05:30 PM Re: Just for the fun of it
Amie Offline


Registered: 02/06/02
Posts: 1625
Fun topic! I love reading about other people's test pieces! I'll bet Alan will have some great picks here!

Well, I hear a lot of Axiom speakers and without a doubt, the toughest test I put them through is "As Far as Florence" from the English Patient Soundtrack. I had that song playing on the M80s two weeks ago and Ian, hearing it for the first time, was as mesmerized as I was! The song runs through the gamut -- stunning voice, majestic brass, very, very low bass notes from a Bass Violin - and the 80s really snapped through all of it. I think I even convinced Ian to add it to the listening room!

And of course, the new Celine Dion CD -- wow! Well recorded, and her voice soars on the M80s for that one.
Amie Colquhoun
Axiom Audio

#2567 - 04/12/02 12:45 PM Re: Just for the fun of it
KevinS Offline

Registered: 11/13/01
Posts: 30
Loc: Ontario
The Blue Man Group - Audio, really has a wide array of sounds but mostly alot of bass.

They are the guys with the blue heads in the intel commercials
and they make their own instruments out pvc tubing, etc.

The music is like instrumental tribal rock, superb CD (& DVD-A)

#2568 - 04/12/02 02:40 PM Re: Just for the fun of it

Getz/Gilberto [ORIGINAL RECORDING REMASTERED] by Stan Getz/João Gilberto
(Amazing Vocals)

Time Out
by Dave Brubeck
(Take Five one of the best recording ever)

Friday Night in San Francisco
John McLaughlin, Al DiMeola, Paco De Lucia
(One of the best album if you like Strings...)

#2569 - 04/12/02 05:33 PM Re: Just for the fun of it
CAV104 Offline

Registered: 04/03/02
Posts: 118
Loc: Lake Worth, FL
Try HIROSHIMA / Urban World Music. It is unique blend of brass, keyboards, oriental strings and percussion as well as other traditional instruments. Dynamite CD.

Fleetwood Mac / Tango In The Night
Or rock the house with WANG Chung's Everybody Have Fun Tonight

Jim / CAV104

#2570 - 04/13/02 04:45 PM Re: Just for the fun of it
BBIBH Offline

Registered: 01/10/02
Posts: 1260
Loc: Canada
This is not specifically aimed at my Axioms, as I have several sets of speakers in several vastly different quality systems, but these are musically choices I like to audition any piece of audio equipment with:

Steely Dan - Hey Nineteen (actually most tracks on the Gaucho Masterphile LP)
Simply Red - Sad Old Red (Picture Book LP)
Barbra Streisand - The Broadway Album (almost the entire CD is exceptional on good equipment)
Duke Ellington Orchestra - Digital Duke (a GRP Allstar cast of modern Jazz legends - CD or LP)
John Hiatt - Memphis in The Meantime (Bring the Family CD - extremely complicated bass/drums)
Tears for Fears - Famous Last Words ( Sowing the Seeds CD - my ultimate track to determine quality)

I also like to challenge them on different styles of music - Heavy Metal, Rock, Jazz, Classical. The tunes should have quick action, with lesser points intermixed.

These prove a dificult task for some speakers, while others shine.


#2571 - 04/15/02 01:04 AM Re: Just for the fun of it
2x6spds Offline

Registered: 03/16/02
Posts: 3121
Loc: CA, USA
I got a bunch of CDs from Mapleshade Audio. They are beautifully recorded.

Chris Colangelo 2 Trios + 1
Richard Elliot - Crush
Noel Jewkes

Clifford Jordan - The mild side of Clifford Jordan
Stan Getz/Antonio Carlos Jobim (this was the CD which made me realize that the Axioms were incredible - the horns were real, there was a woman singing in my living room)
Alessandro Safina (incredible tenor)
Eric Clapton - Unplugged - Pilgrim
George Winston - Angels
Suzanne Vega - Red and Gray
Lisa Loeb


These make the M3s sing!!!

Antique Sound Labs MG S1 15 DT
Ah! Njoe Tjoeb
Velodyne CT80 (8" sub)
Axiom M3Tis
Maple Audio Ambience Interconnects
Mapleshade Golden Helix Speaker wire on its way.
Enjoy the Music. Trust your ears. Laugh at Folks Who Claim to Know it All.

#2572 - 04/16/02 05:51 AM Re: Just for the fun of it
Randyman Offline

Registered: 03/29/02
Posts: 184
Loc: Honolulu, Hawaii
Strange as this may sound - cause it's not the season, but the Christmas CDs by Mannheim Steamroller. They all sound just fantistic!

#2573 - 04/16/02 06:51 AM Re: Just for the fun of it
lando622 Offline
old hand

Registered: 02/16/02
Posts: 82
Loc: Florida, USA
That is a great thought... looks like it could be Christmas in the summer for us!

#2574 - 04/16/02 09:29 AM Re: Just for the fun of it

A few unique recordings that haven't been mentioned come immediately to mind that are both artistically powerful beautifully recorded.

Pirates Ricky Lee Jones - beautiful production, vocal and instrumental articulation

Ole Manos de Plata - Flamenco guitar, amazingly natural and atmospheric recording

Rhapsody in Blue Michael Tilson Thomas - original score small band, incredible sound stage and energy, best clarinet glissando (beginning of Rhapsody) ever recorded!

Huron Street Don Ross - solo guitar and with percussion effects so realistic the first time I played it I thought the kids had knocked over something in my living room

Vavaldi Four Seasons Boston Symphony - Telarc recording - the old war horse still has legs, Silverstein's bow work has a crisp rosiney (is this a word?) texture you can feel

So many more...................

#2575 - 06/01/02 08:18 AM Re: Just for the fun of it
Rob_B Offline

Registered: 04/28/02
Posts: 3
Loc: Tennessee
How about
Roger Waters - Amused to Death.
It is recorded in something called QSound and some of the stereo effects sound phenomenal with my new m22's

#2576 - 06/01/02 12:08 PM Re: Just for the fun of it
chesseroo Offline

Registered: 05/13/02
Posts: 5171
Loc: western canada
Ashley Macissac- Sleepy Maggie (slowly increasing volume with stereo switching L and R at the start moving into full mids with mild bass)

Chris Connell- Seasons (from Singles soundtrack; great clarity and guitar)

Enya- Lazy Days (very full mids, nice vocal)

Eric Clapton Unplugged- Signe (any song will do from this cd, beautiful acoustics, guitar, vocals, background noises)

Future Sound of London- Calcium (my fiance's pick, typical dance bass, alternating sounds)

Great Big Sea- General Taylor (PURE vocals including some male high strong mid notes and a favorite canadian band of mine)

Holly Cole Trio- I can see clearly now (beautiful vocal, deep cello bass throughout)

Kings College Choir- O come all ye faithful (Xmas song but has tight high vocals as well as the punishing bass that only a pipe organ can deliver!)

Our Lady Peace- Superman's Dead (loud rock and another Canadian band)

Sarah Mclaughlin- Ice Cream (soft smooth vocals with high tinny cymbols, nice clarity)

Smashing Pumpkins- Drown (from Singles soundtrack, this song has a sharp screaming guitar about the 5 or 6 minute mark that you MUST turn down the volume for lest you be calling customer service for a new tweeter!!)

Sting- Fragile (soft sounds, i like the song)

Suo Gan- Ambrosian Junior Choir (Empire of the Sun soundtrack, beautiful solo vocal, pure and clear)

The Rankin Family- Rise again (one note near the end hits a really high female pitch but should be perfectly smooth)

The Sundays- Summertime (the twangs at the beginning really test the treble levels, i am not sure why it was recorded that way but on any speaker so far i've found that noise piercing)

Watchman- Holiday (their latest release from this Winnipeg band which has some really rigorous mids and lows that truly test the distortion of your drivers)

Whales- Contemplation (being a biologist i pick these things up along the way, nothing better to test subsonic noise up to squealing pitches like whale notes!!)
"Those who preach the myths of audio are ignorant of truth."

#2577 - 06/01/02 10:31 PM Re: Just for the fun of it
SurinderDhoti Offline

Registered: 08/06/01
Posts: 20
A quick addendum to my previous choices. I have been listening to a great deal of David Gray lately. His last album "White Ladder" which is only now going into full release in North America is as fine a work as one could hope for. Terrific melodies, sparse arrangements, lyrics that are poetic and meaningful without ever being cloying. If this sounds like a shameless plug, it is. He deserves to be heard. Enjoy.

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