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RE: Best Songs to Test Speakers

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I just listened to one of my favourites - Nadia (Nitin Sawhney - Beyond Skin) Smile

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Rick @ Musicraft

Nice.....and will certainly test how low your speakers can go.

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Chris Jones - Long after you're gone. One of the best pieces (In terms of audio quality) of music ever recorded.

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Pretty much anything from the Telarc range will be a good test. There are actually warnings on the CD!

To be more specific, try 'Time Warp' or 'Star Tracks' or 'Start Tracks 2'

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For dynamics and soundstage:Tchaikovsky, Ouverture 1812
Microdynamics: Bon Jovi, This left feels right (Living on a prayer)
Sibilance: Amy Macdonald, A curious thing (Spark, No roots,...)
Bass depth: James Blake, limit to your love - Katie Melua, Crawling up a hill
Overall brightness: Emily Sandé, Our version of events
And a collection of Dream Theater, Megadeth,... to see how the speakers sound when the music becomes complex and crowded.

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kevinJ wrote:
For dynamics and soundstage:Tchaikovsky, Ouverture 1812

 

Yep, Telarc cover that one, using real canons!

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I'm having a demo tomorrow and will be listening to the following;

 

Elgar Cello concerto first movement

Nirvana Lithium

Mark Germino Rex Bob Lowenstein

Billy Bragg NPWA

Pet Shop Boys Rent

James McMurtry Cheneys toy

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just take songs you know well, unless you own and know well any of the recommendations made.

 

 

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RE: Best Songs to Test Speakers

CnoEvil wrote:

MUSICRAFT wrote:

I just listened to one of my favourites - Nadia (Nitin Sawhney - Beyond Skin) Smile

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Rick @ Musicraft

Nice.....and will certainly test how low your speakers can go.

Hi CnE

Thanks.

Please try -

The way - Instrumental (Zack Hemsey)

All the best

Rick @ Musicraft

Musicraft (Derby) - Specialist Hi-Fi, AV & Multimedia dealer

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Try this track , it is truly spectacular :exmark:

E.S. Posthumus – Lepcis Magna

My thanks to Vladimir for recommending this Cd it is absolutely amazing music that stirs the soul .

 

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Pearl Jam 'Ten', if the speaker can make it sound like a concert then go for it!

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THis came across this album in a hifi review: THIS IS K2 HD SOUND! - Various

 

Think that would be good to use, has good variety, try tracks 5 and 15, recording quality is pretty good.

 

Its on Deezer if you want to check it out.

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RE: Best Songs to Test Speakers

knaithrover wrote:

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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One of our current favourites, a real variety one here, to test any system:

 

http://www.dailyrecords.at/images/The%20Princess%20EP.jpg

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Hello there,

 

as a funk/hip-hop head, I always audition new equipment (especially speakers) with the following:

 

DJ Quik - Balance & Options, & Rythamalism - deep subtle bass lines, tight snaps

Motown Remixed - Classics with remixed bass lines - Tears of a Clown & ABC are standouts

Outkast - Speakerboxx - Really sorts the men from the boys when it comes to Subwoofer finesse

Parliament - Maggot Brain - Scratchy, 70's psychadelic room filling paranoia

Funk Spectrum (1999 original) - one of the best funk/jazz collections I've ever heard - powerful rolling bass & tight kicks

If a dealer insists on playing the typical prog-rock fare, I'll just smile & let them know that these speakers are for me and my taste of music rather than for some objective idea of what sounds good.

Bass sweeps are great too & have the wonderful side effect of causing noisy neighbours to lower their awful TV volume while they wonder what kind of 747 convoy is flying overhead..... Laughing

 

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RE: Best Songs to Test Speakers

i've sort of got a few certain cd's to listen to, to evaluate performance as they are cd's i listen to on a regular basis, so know them intimately.

Prong- Cleansing  

Stone Sour - Audio secrecy

Iron Maiden - Somewhere in Time

Slayer - Seasons in the Abyss

Helmet - Meantime

Megadeth - Rust in Peace

Machine Head - The Blackening

Pantera - Cowboys from Hell

that usually does the trick.

Rotel RP3000, Arcam DV79, Rega Apollo, Leema Pulse, Focal Chorus 826v.

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