Hi folks! I'm a new guy on the block (quite ancient), and this is my first thread. My system is:- Thorens TD520 "Professional" deck with a Shure VST 5 cartridge, Arcam P37 SACD/CD player, Quad 99 pre amp, Quad 909 amp, ProAc Responce 2.5 speakers, Artisan "Ultimate Silver Dream" interconnects and Nordost "Solar Wind" speaker cable. The results please me, and when I wish to show the system off to a newcomer, I resort to the following CDs:-
EVEREST Enrique Jorda and the London Symphony Orchestra in Falla "The Three-Cornered Hat"
MERCURY (SACD) Paul Paray and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in Suppe and Auber Overtures
MERCURY Antal Dorati and the London Symphony Orchestra in Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsodies
DECCA Antal Dorati and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Respighi/Rossini ""Rossiniana"
RCA (SACD) Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops Orchestra in Offenbach's "Gaite Parisienne"
The list could be longer, but these are my current tops as great demonstration CDs. The Everest Falla is not first for nothing - it is the finest digital transfer of an analogue recording in my collection, and what a recording it is!
I would be interested to learn what CDs others use as demos. My turntable does not get a lot of use these days, but that's another matter.