• The Computer Audiophile 100 Playlist

    There's nothing like finding a new gem to listen to through your HiFi, headphones, or even car audio system. Well, here are 100 gems! The Computer Audiophile 100 is a playlist of music that I use for evaluating components at home and at audio shows. I selected TIDAL HIFI for this playlist because the service is lossless and the TIDAL HIFI library contains 99% of the music I wanted to put on the list. Subscribers of TIDAL HIFI can listen to the playlist in its entirety, add it to their favorites, and even download the tracks to a mobile device for offline listening. Those of you who aren't subscribers can sample each track and at least view the playlist to find out which tracks made the CA 100. This isn't an advertisement for TIDAL HIFI. The service made it so easy for me to compile and disseminate my playlist, that there was no way I was going to create a spreadsheet with manually entered links etc… This playlist is all about the music. I hope you enjoy and think about creating your own list to share with the members of the Computer Audiophile Community :~)

    Link to The Computer Audiophile 100



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    1. Regnad's Avatar
      Regnad -
      Thanks for this, how can I get to it using the Aries app?
    1. The Computer Audiophile's Avatar
      The Computer Audiophile -
      Quote Originally Posted by Regnad View Post
      Thanks for this, how can I get to it using the Aries app?
      Just mark it as a favorite and it will appear in Lightning DS under Favorites > Playlists
    1. JR_Audio's Avatar
      JR_Audio -
      Hi Chris. Great. That's easy, thanks. Will have a listen to it within the next days or so. Juergen
    1. Jud's Avatar
      Jud -
      Nice to see John Martyn and John Hiatt on there. Not everyone knows about them, but more people should.
    1. zyberguran's Avatar
      zyberguran -
      Can I import the list to Wimp (Nordic version of Tidal)?
    1. The Computer Audiophile's Avatar
      The Computer Audiophile -
      Quote Originally Posted by zyberguran View Post
      Can I import the list to Wimp (Nordic version of Tidal)?
      Not sure.
    1. zyberguran's Avatar
      zyberguran -
      I will ask the people at Wimp...
    1. woodford's Avatar
      woodford -
      listening to it now, and really enjoying it. how did you decide on the sequencing?

      thanks for posting this.
    1. The Computer Audiophile's Avatar
      The Computer Audiophile -
      Quote Originally Posted by woodford View Post
      listening to it now, and really enjoying it. how did you decide on the sequencing?

      thanks for posting this.
      Totally random.
    1. eligeorgia's Avatar
      eligeorgia -
      Chris, Just wanted to thank you for this one. Good stuff. Being a non-classical guy, this kind of list is right up my alley and something I've been looking for since I've had my Aries up and running. Listening to Sonny Rollins as I type.

      I would love for Tidal to eventually allow user playlists and the ability to "follow friends" the way Spotify does. It would be fun to create and share with folks around here.

      And I should acknowledge your discipline making this list....cause I am CERTAIN that you so badly wanted to put a Pearl Jam song in there! (Yes, I saw the Temple of the Dog!)

      Great job and thanks again!
    1. bobflood's Avatar
      bobflood -
      Thanks Chris
    1. woodford's Avatar
      woodford -
      Quote Originally Posted by zyberguran View Post
      I will ask the people at Wimp...
      where are you based? WiMP will convert to Tidal at some point for all WiMP users.
    1. agentsmith's Avatar
      agentsmith -
      US/UK only, naturally
    1. jiminlogansquare's Avatar
      jiminlogansquare -
      Thanks for this. It really helps to be able to hear what you listened to when reviewing equipment; the music is also fun listening regardless. And now, the Big Ask: Can you put together some notes for what it is in each (or some) of these tracks that you listen to/listen for when using them as part of an equipment evaluation? And could you have that on my desk by 9:00 Monday? JK, but it would be fun and educational to use this as a way to open up some discussion on "how to listen" to various types of music and recording styles.
    1. robbbby's Avatar
      robbbby -
      Thumbs up for the Erykah Badu pick, love that song.
    1. strat95's Avatar
      strat95 -
      "The Computer Audiophile 100 is a playlist of music that I use for evaluating components at home and at audio shows."

      Californication?! You're off your rocker Chris. The album Californication ranks sonically as one of the worst popular recordings due to it's extremely hot mastering and overuse of compression.
    1. zyberguran's Avatar
      zyberguran -
      Sweden. And waiting for a response from the Wimp support guys.
    1. ajay556's Avatar
      ajay556 -
      How do i listen to the playlist on the iPhone?
      thanks great out of the box thinking
    1. esldude's Avatar
      esldude -
      I agree only a few like Death Magnetic are a sonic disaster worse than Californication. On the other hand, I like it all the same. I wish it sounded better, but I like it.

      Also good to see someone listing John Hiatt which as mainstream recordings go has pretty good sonics.

      Still trying to decide if it makes up for JayZ and KanyeWest. Right now it doesn't, but only because of the taste of vomit in the back of my throat.
    1. eternaloptimist's Avatar
      eternaloptimist -
      Although this may sound heretical.... any chance of a conversion to a Spotify playlist? ��
      I gave up on Tidal due to dropouts +++ here in Australia. Will look again when hopefully the word on the street is that this is fixed....