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All songs in the compilation Strategies Against Architecture are amazing to listen to! You should try it! Biggrin 

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Pan Sonic - Virta 1./Current 1. (from Katodivaihe/Cathodephase)

Monolake - Static (from Gravity)

Geinoh Yamashirogumi - Kaneda (from Akira soundtrack)

bvdub - It Was Going To Be So Easy (from Stangers No More)

Christoph De Babalon - What You Call A Life (from If You're Into It, I'm Out Of It)

Colleen - Geometría Del Universo (from The Weighing Of The Heart)

Gas - track 3 from Gas (original, not from Nah Und Fern reissue)

Wagner - Vorspiel (from Das Rheingold, Solti/VPO or Böhm/Bayreuth are both great)

Mukta - anything from Indian Sitar & World Jazz

Point 7 - DNA Conflict (from What?)

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Joan Armatrading - Love and Affection

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The xx - islands

REM - Texarkana 

Hayley westernra - pokarekare ana

radiohead - subterranean homesick alien

all quite different these songs but give a broad test I think.

 

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RE: Best Songs to Test Speakers

MUSICRAFT wrote:

Hi CnE

Thanks.

Please try -

The way - Instrumental (Zack Hemsey)

All the best

Rick @ Musicraft

It's always good to get good tips....goes on wish list.

:cheers:

"We should no more let numbers define audio quality than we should let chemical analysis be the arbiter of fine wines."  Nelson Pass

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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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Music that jumps out of the speakers at you. Some really great bass lines. I'm a big fan of Parov Stellar. I don't like the electro-jazz that he does but his electro-swing stuff is brilliant. Here's a good playlist of his:

http://open.spotify.com/user/steve_1979/playlist/6hidhcyXyGWq6PyevD0Rf9

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A new one I discovered yesterday Malia - Black Orchid, jazzy vocals, well recorded, good DR. Try track Don't Explain very wide soundstage and Baltimore.

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Just came across a track that is excellent for testing speakers -

Steeleye Spans  - Fighting for strangers.....................

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As someone mentioned listen to the songs you usually listen to. If there is one song you know well, then play that on and decide for yourself. This is how i found mine. Every detail was on those speakers i listened to. Fantastik. Btw i used Human legacy by Ivan torrent to test them. Then michael jackson

 

 

 

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Although I find such questions a little odd (it seems obvious to take along the music you like & are familiar with), I'd add my recommendation to take at least one that's poorly recordered - it's all very well listening to great recordings but I would want to know how a prospective purchase handles poor stuff as well.So take along a CD that's bright &/or compressed.

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busb wrote:

Although I find such questions a little odd (it seems obvious to take along the music you like & are familiar with), I'd add my recommendation to take at least one that's poorly recordered - it's all very well listening to great recordings but I would want to know how a prospective purchase handles poor stuff as well.So take along a CD that's bright &/or compressed.

 

Yes thats good advise. I would also take a wide range, some speakers can be great with certain type of music but poor on other types, ie great with vocals but can't control bass. Or the drums cymbals are splashy or too forward etc.

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Some great taste in music shown here. Top drawer sir.

 

also try Gaiser, Villalobos...

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RE: Best Songs to Test Speakers

Here is a different take on testing speakers or any bit of kit. If it can't make you enjoy Idris Muhammad - Power of Soul in absolute awe, then walk away.

No, run!

 

      

 

Idris Muhammad - Piece Of Mind - Power of Soul (1974)

 

 

 

 

 

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I thought I'd add these.

 

For vocals and string instruments. 

David Philips - A Sailor's Song - Live Uit Lloyd Radio Session

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1YAp_465Kk

 

For the rhytm section.

Paal Nilssen-Love - Kongsberg Jazzfestival - 2011

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gKY2riIgcg

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RE: Best Songs to Test Speakers

Here are my recommendations - These tracks will test treble, bass and also how rhytmic your system is.

 

Pop music

1. Madonna - Like a Prayer - 

2. Michael Jackson - Thriller

3. Prince - When Doves Cry

 

Rock/Metal

1. Metallica - Nothing Else Matters

2. Pantera - Cemetery Gates

3. Faith no More - Real Thing

 

Indie/ Grunge

1. R.E.M - Orange Crush

2. Automatic - Monster

3. Pearl Jam - Jeremy

 

 

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