What would you say are some of the top songs to test speakers with, that have a good range in them?
Songs you know, whats the point of testing something you dont know regardless of it's dynamic range, bandwidth, bass response and so on, i could reccommend a thousand songs but if you dont know the song or what it sounds like on your gear you still wont know. Many years ago hi fi shops would play the familier hi fi test records of dire straits, fleetwood mac, rikki lee jones etc, etc and nearly all would sound good so you could start there but most dealers, if they are good ones encourage you to bring your own recordings.
don't worry about range, just test speakers with music that You usually listen to.
Yep, take music you know well and have been listening to for years. You should hear detail, bass, texture etc you've never noticed before.
Having said that, when dem'oing recently I also used the following:
Massive Attack, Unfinished Sympathy - has 'hidden' low-end 'thunder' during intro, some speaker/amps reveal, some don't...
Cee Lo Green, Bright Lights, Bright City - good test of organisation/rythm, can sound a 'flubbery'/boomy mess.
David Bowie, Always Crashing In The Same Car - good test of mid-range detail and texture.
Frank Sinatra, Moon River - there're a few bars of guitar during the finale, if it's clearly audible, you've great detail.
Melody Gardot, Our Love Is Easy - if all of the above qualities are revealed and her voice has no sibilance, you've reached audio/musical nirvana.
And probably spent over £30k on perfectly matched speakers/amp/source :grin:
shpongle - new way to say hooray
Infected Mushroom - Vicious Delicious
The compilation CD that Dali do is pretty amazing. The soundtrack CD for Tron, by Daft Punk is pretty amazing too. Plenty of complex kick ass bass, and orchestral subtlety as well.
He's a Pirate... Nuff said :boohoo: :cheers:
lol just replied to the unanswered thread! Here's my post to keep it all in one place...
My personal favourites for testing include...
Rush - Subdivisions (Signals, 1982) Nice warm tones from the synths combined with crisp notes on the drums
Golden Girls - Kinetic (Ministry Presents The General S'election, 2002) More warm tones but with added punch in the bass
Pink Floyd - Comfortably Numb (I shouldnt have to name the album for this!) Its awesome simple as.
Meshuggah - Pravus (Obzen, 2008 ) Chaotic!
Lamb of God - Laid to Rest & One Gun (Ashes of the Wake, 2004) Balls out Metal, love the sinking bass tones and big kicks at the end of One Gun.
Chicane - Far From The Maddening Crowds (1997) This is still in my top 10 fav albums of all time and is my number one test disc.
I tend to blitz through a lot of my favourite material as its the stuff I'm most used to hearing but these tracks are the ones that I usually go back to for repeats.
Ulla Meinecke - "Wenn nicht fuer immer, denn wenigstens fuer ewig"
German, a very old LP, but superbly recorded and great songs.
The most important thing is to take a small group of songs, maybe only 5-6 that you can play over and over again on a demo, and get the closest to an A->B demo.
J River MC19 -> Hegel H160 -> QED XT40 -> D18
Toni Braxton - 'Toni Libra' track 7- 'Sposed to be', Bass, female vocals(sibalence, tone..etc), seperation, depth of stage.
track 10 - 'Shadowless' - emotion, neunces/transients, edges, image.
D'angelo - 'Brown sugar' track 7 - 'Crusin' = musical magic.
The eponymous Tracy Chapman album, especially track 4 - Behind the Wall. If you can't hear the space around her and the natural reverb of the studio then the speakers are really flawed.
The whole album is a brilliant test disc, simply recorded and very good range.
Apple lossless - Netgear Nighthawk - ATV3 - AVI ADM 40.
AVI ADM 9T used in my wife's system
drichardb wrote:lol just replied to the unanswered thread! Here's my post to keep it all in one place...
Just been through a test session myself last Friday:
AC/DC - Its a long way to the top (if you want to rock n' roll) - good for treble, the pipes can sound 'wrong' and its very noticeable
Muse - Feeling good - good for keyboards and 'big entrances'
Pearl Jam - Immortality - acoustic lows to drum highs, great mixture
The Answer - Under the Sky - big guitars, drums and vocals
Led Zeppelin - Going to California - no comment required!
The Faces - Ooh La La - fantastic acoustic guitar and vocals
Smashing Pumpkins - Zero
Black Crowes - Remedy
Can you tell I like rock..?!
6th.replicant wrote:Yep, take music you know well and have been listening to for years. You should hear detail, bass, texture etc you've never noticed before.
Some of my test tracks...
Bass tests (all electronic, I'm not much into organ music )
Biosphere – Oi-1
Echaskech – Redeploy
Aphex Twin – Ageispolis
The Orb – Prime Evil
Vocal / acoustic test
R.E.M. – Everybody Hurts
Damien Rice – The Blower's Daughter
Beck – We Live Again
Beth Orton – Stolen Car
The Aliens – Bobby's Song
Sigur Ros – Flugufrelsarinn
My Dying Bride – The Wh*re, the Cook and the Mother
Metallica – For Whom The Bell Tolls
Slayer – Skeletons Of Society
Not all are great recordings, but then not all recordings are great
Any ideas where I could get a copy of the Dali CDs ?