REFERENCE CUTS ON RUBY
As I mentioned in my first two messages, I have, over the years, assembled a wonderful collection of REFERENCE CUTS
These are not just cuts that SOUND GOOD
, but Old and New cuts that demonstrate or TEST
a systems performance capabilities.
Luckily between Years of Audio Shows, Hundreds of Clients and Customers, and too many Manufacturers and Equipment Designers to count, I have heard and or been exposed to a lot of GOOD, definitive CUTS.
I have several that I will mention below that I know intimately and completely relative to what they sound like on MANY systems, rooms and speakers. I have to say it is always nice to find gear that can not only negotiate some of these tracks, but let me hear DEEPER into the bytes.Cut #1 DUENDE by Black Light Syndrome
The primary use of this track is BASS Harmonics. At about 23 sec into the cut, there is a short BASS run that is a distorted fuzz tone. Many Systems distort this track even more so it sounds like a Wooly mess.
Well not RUBY, she made this short run sound as clear as I have heard, and this is contrasted with a flamenco like acoustic guitar. Ruby passsed this test with flying colors and even got the Cymbal Crash at 1:20 clear and clean. Do be aware this cut DOES NOT have a balanced sound stage, and often has instruments on Stage Left or Stage Right predominantly.
Ruby did this so well, I had to listen to the WHOLE cut, with the interplay of Bongos, Bass Guitar, Flamenco Guitar, and Drums.You can find this cut HERESTOP THIS WORLD - Diana Krall
Ruby LOVES Diana Krall and all my raving about individual images and Soundstage is realized in this cut. The depth with which you can hear INTO this cut is remarkable. John Clayton's bass is FULL SIZED and just so lifelike.
The sound is so clear that at around 2:45 you can easily hear the drummer, who has been playing a "sizzler" Cymbal on the right soundstage SWITCH to a different Cymbal (maybe a splash or ride) and continue playing on the left soundstage. As well, the brush strokes on the snare are textured well beyond what I have heard before.
And as always, Krall is miked so well you can even hear her taking breaths between lyrics.Stop this World - HEREMY HEART WILL GO ON - Celine Dione
My VMPS heritage often takes me to this cut because Brian won BEST OF SHOW at CES with it.
There ARE some difficult areas in this cut particularly with Celine's voice. On Some systems it just doesn't sound clear and pure. Ruby gets Celine and does her justice with an incredible IMAGE and warm, glowing voice with no edge or bite, even when she soars.
And again, there is actually some pretty deep bass in this cut and this little 5" woofer shows her power. I am sure the BIG speakers like EDDIE and ALEX would allow even more, but you DON't feel Bass Needy in any way.
There is SO MUCH going on in this Cut and you hear every bloody inch. It is a full orchestra, but with a full DRUM Kit, which is remarkable to listen to (great drummer) And I spoke of emotion being imparted through music, THIS is a System and Music Combination, that pumps some Serotonin to those pleasure centers.My Heart Will Go On - HERERADIO ACTIVITY LIVE - Kraftwerk
One of EVOKE's and Ruby's Super Strengths is the reproduction of LIVE Events. I used to HATE live recordings because, well to be honest, they sounded like CRAP. Miking sucked, crowd applause sounded more like rain on a tin roof over miked, etc.
Well Ruby is a CHAMP with Live Shows and you get to hear everything so clear it is like (as it should be) you're in the audience.
Radioactivity live is among the BEST live cuts you will find. It demonstrates Encompassing Cavernous Spatial Sensations. It is like your room walls just melted away and you are in a Dark Sonic Space that has a Bass Reasonance that just sounds and feels immense. Deep bass and impactful u can feel it.
While the perception is very busy, it is a 100% clear soundstage monstrous and immediate sonics. You will be shaking your head that these 5" woofs are creating this. Very deep, and VERY 3-d. No mush just crisp Attack and Decay. I would submit that this is due to
Superb Phasing. Even the distorted computer voices are clear and understandable. Might now be your kind of music, but it is worth a listen just for the PsychoAcoustics.
Do your self a favor and turn of the lights, turn up the volume, plant yourself in the sweet seat an let GO. . . . RadioActivity HEREUNDER THE BOARDWALK - The Mighty Echos
OK, now for something COMPLETELY DIFFERENT. This is a Doo Wop Group of FANTASTIC Vocal Harmonies.
Initially you will notice the UNBELIEVABLY Clear Triangle. I mean on Ruby this thing is so CLEAR and distinct in its place on the soundstage you are taken aback.
Then As you listen, you can hear ALL FOUR voices on the Stage. It is really a quality recording, and Ruby plays it better than ANY speaker todate in the IMAGING category.UNDER THE BOARDWALK HERE
OK, that is Round One. . . .More to come, and I will eventually save these REF CUTS in a sticky.