The CDs you're mentioning are probably great but I doubt that they have the clinical aspect that I'd hope to find in a CD I'd trust for a setup.
If I had to walk in and do it real quick here's what I'd bring:
Steely Dan - "2 Against Nature"
Make everything "Look" like it's on the same vertical plane.
If I had more time:
"Rio" by Sergio Mendez
Round and warm.
The mixing on this one is intentional and shows the artistry of the engineer.
It "looks" Gray.
There are certain mix moves in this CD that are "telling" about balance.
You'd have to get familiar with it and hear it on a tuned system to use it to tune yours.
Tears For Fears: "Sowing the Seeds of Love"
Very well engineered. An other "Gray" production.
A bit flatter and less "edgy" than 90125 with a slightly larger vertical plane.
Oleta Adams: "Circle of One"
Rich warm color.
Similar to Sergio's "Rio" but not as rounded at the extreemes.
Stronge fundamentals woody mids ... especially in some vocal tones, that are very "telling".
"Ahhhh" .... the air in the back of the throat combined with strong mids.
There's a lot of sonic information on this one.
Of course ... it's all my subjective take on it.
post edited by Steve_Karl - 2007/02/26 16:07:57