Ive always heard that picking songs for testing is a very personal thing and it has to be what you know and like, but ive always wondered what the great WHFSV crew use for testing their hundreds of systems?
Every issue in our Sound Advice section (p98-106 in current mag), we feature five new test discs we've used for the reviews in that issue - that can (and usually does) encompass CD, SACD/DVD-A, vinyl, DVD, HD DVD and Blu-ray content, spread across a wide range of genres, from compressed pop to dynamic classical; stonking war film to sweeping drama.
So, for example, in that current issue, you've got everything from The Chemical Brothers to Crowded House; Gershwin & Ravel piano concertos to The White Stripes; Flags of our Fathers to Curse of the Golden Flower to a Primal Scream concert DVD.
In addition to those new discs every month (5 stereo, 10 multichannel - music and movie) , we also use tried and tested tracks we know can stretch particular systems. I wouldn't describe them as favourites, as such (another benefit of team-testing rather than individual taste), just music and movie moments - again, from a wide range of genres - we know can help tell the difference between a good product and a great one.
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Former Group Editor of What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision and Whathifi.com
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