Favorite Female Artists

Discussion in 'AK Polls' started by opt80, Nov 9, 2003.

  1. kvining

    kvining Member

    Planet Houston
    Whenever I need to compare or judge the quality of high end equipment I put on Sade.

    After that I chose:
    Stevie Nicks
    Janette Napolitano
    Ella Fitzgerald

    Last weekend I was testing the combination of a QC-800A Pioneer Quad pre-amp feeding a Rotel Mark II 5 channel amp pushing HPM-100s in the back and Klipsch Synergy F-30 towers in the front, and this one brought tears to my eyes it played so beautifully on that set up:

    I had to use a Yamaha Q2031B Equalizer (https://usa.yamaha.com/products/proaudio/processors/q2031b/index.html)
    on the Klipsch fronts to get her vocals exactly right, there is just plain too much Klipsch horn in those speakers and Klipsch screwed up on that model by not including an L-pad for the highs, but if you equalize them with an EQ that offers a lot of high end filtering you can tone down the irritating brightness to mellow, and then they sound fantastic. The QC-800A's "matrix" mode pushed the complexities of the backing band's work to the HPM-100s in a way that was just indescribably fantastic and had no need for an EQ, input was 2 channel analog jacks off a CD playing on a Tascom unit. If you see one of these vintage Pioneer pre-amps, grab it, same with the EQ, which is not really sold as home audio equipment, your best source for "used" is the Guitar Center used equipment rack or the local Austin pawn shop off 6th Street frequented by down on their luck musicians (where I found mine).

    You can find F-30s at bargain prices all over the place, they were not a popular series because they are simply over-bright and got killed in the reviews, but if you run them with an EQ their shortcomings are remedied and they just turn out to be a terrific bargain, especially if you have a large living room. You can crank the sheet out of them and they just soak up watts like sunshine with utter clarity to their limits, but I suggest a really high quality EQ with level controls and filters to really make them shine. Without the EQ, if you push them hard the highs become downright painful. But EQ'd, it sounded like Sade was standing there, belting it out over her lost lover, making you feel the pain....


    Last edited: Dec 27, 2017
  2. unfairlane

    unfairlane AK Subscriber Subscriber

    Judging equipment? Anne Murray has a wery clean voice, used her a lot. Caren Carpenter, Ricky Lee Jones and not to forget Puccini`s "O mio babbino caro" like here:

  3. 2011etec

    2011etec Super Member

    HMM tough,i don't generally like female artists but I will listen to Holley Cole or Diana Krall.
  4. bobsvinyl

    bobsvinyl Painfully Aware Subscriber

    Milford, NH
    Grace Slick (and dozens of others-I love female vocals in any genre). I saw Jefferson Airplane at the Fillmore East in 1968. Grace Slick's voice was like a tidal wave washing over you.
  5. Delta17

    Delta17 New Member

    In Town
    I will say that Monique Ortiz is right up there for me. For years fronting The Bourbon Princess. Later to play in A.K.A.C.O.D. with Dana Colley and Larry Dirsch and currently in Austin performing in Alien Knife Fight. Great bass player, as low as 2 string Low rock bass. (Like Mark Sandman used to play) I find her to be innovative, creative, hyper talented and a strong. Check her out. It may not be your bag, but the talent and skill is undeniable. Really really.

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