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RE: Best Songs to Test Speakers

Michael Jackson's Essensial compilation - MJ's music is has some of the best quality sound production that I've ever heard and there are a lot of different types of sounds in his music.

 

Mozart's Amadaus movie soundtrack - To test how speakers will sound with various types of classical styles and this album was produced to a very high standard.

 

Red Hot Chili Peppers - To test how speakers will sound with badly compressed music. Their Californicaton album is the worst victim of the 'loudness war' that I've ever heard.

 

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Low frequency test CD - Each track plays a continuous bass sound at a different frequency so that I can tell how deep a speakers bass goes.

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STodd wrote:

drichardb wrote:

lol just replied to the unanswered thread!  Here's my post to keep it all in one place...

Me too..!

 

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..?!

 

Job done beauty, eh

Stodd, big Pumpkins fan myself, but interested you use Zero as a test track. Is it just me, or does MCTIF, as an album, sound generally like it was recorded inside a box of packing foam? I love the tracks, but always feel like Siamese Dream is more rewarding sonically on a hifi.

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Twill wrote:
Stodd, big Pumpkins fan myself, but interested you use Zero as a test track. Is it just me, or does MCTIF, as an album, sound generally like it was recorded inside a box of packing foam? I love the tracks, but always feel like Siamese Dream is more rewarding sonically on a hifi.

Twill, apologies, I should have spotted this reply sooner :oops:

I know where you're coming from - and just listening to it again, I definitely would agree.
HOWEVER, what's good about 'Zero' is that it has

- heavy bass with guitar over the top - so if a system can't seperate these instruments successfully, it will be obvious
- stops and starts ("...emptiness is loneliness, loneliness is cleanliness...") - there are heavy drums/bass, then silence/vocals, then more drums/bass, then silence/vocals, so you can hear the drum notes roll off for example

And yes, Siamese Dream is much more sonically rewarding. :rockout:

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siamese dream was recently remastered and, from memory, is better sounding than the original.  listening to it now, not bad at all. Dance 4

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Rule 1: use what you know well

Besides that, there's one song I like to play to divide a system in two categories: pass or fail, and it's White Zombie's More Human Than Human.

That song will be simply awful on a bad system.

I never leave without at least one of these:

Alain Caron - Sep7entrion

Daniel Bélanger - Rêver mieux

Harmonium - L'Heptade

 

 

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Flaming Lips - 'Are you a hypnotist' - lots of deep DEEP bass with hi hats and snares along with bleeping synth and trippy vocals = perfect tester.

Anything off Abbey Road....

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Hi all,

I AM SHOCKED!!!! 

That no one recommended these:

Sting - Englishman in New York

Sting - Desert Rose

Queen - Another one bites the dust

 

Especially Englishman in NY was recorded with an Orchestra! Massive detail, and it literally covers the entire Bandwidth. Jazz, Rock, Pop !

 

you are more then welcome to try yourselves, and tell me your oppinion.

greetings from the warm South Africa :cheers:

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ROFL Thaiman, thank you for introducing me to some excellent music ROFL

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If your hi-fi can make this sound beautiful without a struggle and separate everything in its dense production with a fine comb, it is a really good hi-fi.

E. S. Posthumus Unearthed - Nara

 

E.S. Posthumus Unearthed

 

 

 

 

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Vladimir wrote:

If your hi-fi can make this sound beautiful without a struggle and separate everything in its dense production with a fine comb, it is a really good hi-fi.

E. S. Posthumus Unearthed - Nara

 

E.S. Posthumus Unearthed

 

 

 

I really like this Cd :cheers:   If I can find a copy at a decent price I will buy it and let you know if my system can cope Smile

I suspect my system will have no problem with this recording at all because it thrives on dense , complicated and dynamic music and can unravel anything you throw at it .

Try this track for size , I played it for my son's girlfriend to demo my system and at one point she literally screamed and jumped out of the listening chair Smile

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXRdINUwdqw

 

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I have found that the new Roth OLI RA loudspeakers sound absolutely splendid with any type or genre of music recorded on any medium.

So whatever type of music you like/love.....it'll always sound better on the OLI RAs.

Now if that doesn't get a Happy New Year bit of moderation........I'll be very surprised !!

Happy New Year everyone.

 

:cheers:

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Is this the last topic about the best songs/musics to test speakers? I thought that was younger topic about this!?!? 

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A 20Hz to 20kHz sine wave sweep is a useful tool for testing speakers. It allows you to easily hear the frequency responce and any amplitude peaks or troughs throughout the frequency range. It's also useful for highlighting any phase distortion present around the crossover frequencies too.

 

IME the speakers that sound the smoothest with a 20Hz to 20kHz sine wave sweep are usually also the ones that sound the most natural with music.

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HenBel wrote:

Hi all,

I AM SHOCKED!!!! 

That no one recommended these:

Sting - Englishman in New York

Sting - Desert Rose

Queen - Another one bites the dust

 

Especially Englishman in NY was recorded with an Orchestra! Massive detail, and it literally covers the entire Bandwidth. Jazz, Rock, Pop !

 

you are more then welcome to try yourselves, and tell me your oppinion.

greetings from the warm South Africa :cheers:

 

If i dared to play Sting on my hifi it would switch itself off in disgust

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Marantz MCR-510, Marantz CD63 ki MKII, Boston Acoustics A25.

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