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post #166 of 170
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Originally Posted by lamode View Post
 

Nice thread, though I think many people are listing tracks which are not well recorded but just well-known to them. Unfortunately, this is not useful to others.

22 tracks, man?

You want us to listen to 22 tracks without even telling which is suggested for what? Which for bass, which for mids, which for highs, which for soundstage, which for detail, which four panning...

Before I am even just contemplating the idea of listening to 22 tracks you need to be a bit more specific about the what for.

 

In the while, following the opposite trend which you mean to launch, and more the trend of the motto in my signature, I propose you all dear fellow Head-Fi'ers the one and ONLY track which can be used to proof the moodstage of your headphones.

If while listening to this track you do not smile and shake your head, there is definitely something wrong with your headphones.

 

Moodstage Test

 

Cheers.

post #167 of 170
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Originally Posted by lamode View Post
 

Nice thread, though I think many people are listing tracks which are not well recorded but just well-known to them. Unfortunately, this is not useful to others.

 

I also like some hip-hop and lo-fi and electronic music but they are not so useful as test tracks. Nothing beats a stunning acoustic recording test separate the wheat from the chaff :)

 

I went through my entire collection and picked out some good recommendations. Not surprisingly, they are almost all on Telarc, Opus3, 2L, Chesky or Linn.

 

Not a single pop, trip-hop, electronica, rock, etc track made the cut. Pity that no-one records these genres properly :(

 

 

(you will need to click the "original" button to see this at normal size)

 

Yeah, it is pretty hard to find recordings that rival Chesky and others in fidelity.

 

 

Have you ever listened to Shpongle before? If not, they are a pretty good mix of electronic and vocals and acoustic instruments and are well produced.

 

Ott, the Orb, Phutureprimitive, Shulman, Zero Cult, Kaminanda, Carbon Based Lifeforms, Future Sound of London, Entheogenic, Bluetech, Tycho (there are more than them too) are worth look into for some more well produced electronic stuff. That is if you lean towards the genres these acts create. I think the style though leans towards that kind of production because it isn't really very aggressive (though I have heard super clear EDM before).

 

I enjoy testing headphones with these artists because not only for the bass, but also a lot of the time the spacious open sound the artists create in their albums.


Edited by HarleyZK - 4/15/15 at 1:31am
post #168 of 170
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Originally Posted by HarleyZK View Post
 

Have you ever listened to Shpongle before? If not, they are a pretty good mix of electronic and vocals and acoustic instruments and are well produced.

 

Ott, the Orb, Phutureprimitive, Shulman, Zero Cult, Kaminanda, Carbon Based Lifeforms, Future Sound of London, Entheogenic, Bluetech, Tycho (there are more than them too) are worth look into for some more well produced electronic stuff. That is if you lean towards the genres these acts create. I think the style though leans towards that kind of production because it isn't really very aggressive (though I have heard super clear EDM before).

 

I enjoy testing headphones with these artists because not only for the bass, but also a lot of the time the spacious open sound the artists create in their albums.

 

I've tried some of the artists you mention but didn't like them, sorry :)

For deep electronic bass I am more likely to listen to something like Massive Attack

post #169 of 170
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=lnUeovQ68Tw


I just use the song Time from DSOTM. The song has maybe 40 different versions all slightly different. I just use the Box Set 16/44.1 original remaster. I have heard the song for over 40 years. I have maybe heard 10 new copies of DSOTM ripped from different vinyl records in different sample rates, as well as the plethora of new digital official releases the last couple of years. Each copy had its own strong points but I stick with the mid 1990s CD as I know it.

After the chimes stop there is a bass and synth attack which is a good test of bass and clarity. Right after the stereo toms come in and it seems to be a good test for both pace, and soundstage. The beginning of the song has all this going on in a reasonably short time frame so it's easy to remember.

The very beginning of the album has a heart-beat which is correctly placed to the right, as if you could hear a person's heart-beat across from you.

It has been said Pink Floyd did this as the heart is slightly off center to the left which is the right side if the person is facing you.

There are actually a couple mixes where the heart-beat is on the left. This is wrong and so if you hear it that way you have to check to see if it is the recording or the system in question.

This low heart beat is always heard best on very good recordings of DSOTM along with premium systems. Thus, one element of the system can be quickly judged in the first couple seconds of the album. I use this to try and understand the low end retreival of the software and source and well as the ability of amp and headphones.
Edited by Redcarmoose - 4/17/15 at 10:37am
post #170 of 170

Hey all.

 

I wouldn't necessarily call my tracks "audiophile", but they are the tracks I use to choose equipment. As follows:

 

1. "In Time" by the Black Keys

I use it to get a feel for soundstage and detail. There's a lot of details and instruments going on in the song, and it does a very good job of hi lighting short comings in soundstage.

 

2. "Fall at your feet" by Crowed House

It's a very smooth song, and if a piece of equipment is colouring a particular tone, it will show up in this song.

 

3. "Lose Yourself to Dance" by Daft Punk

I use this for bass. It's a bass heavy track, and if the bass is too muddy or bloated it will drown out the rest of the song.

 

4. "Shy Guy" by Diana King

Opposite. I use this for treble. If the gear is too bright, this song will hurt your ears.

 

5. "What's the Difference?" by Dr Dre

I don't use this song for anything specific, but it can highlight too much bass. 

 

6. "One Day Like This" by Elbow

This song has so many tracks it's unreal. Good kit will make this song come alive and surround you with musicality. Poor equipment will flatten it. It's also a good measure of soundstage.

 

7. "Outside" by Foo Fighters

Purely to see how the gear handles rock.

 

8. "Concetro No 1 in E Major" by Vivaldi

Purely to see how the gear handles classical music

 

9. "I am Electric" by Heaven's Basement

This album, whilst being one of my favourites, can be hard to listen to. The sound is very bright and needs good kit.

 

10. "New Sensation" by INXS

A test of over produced pop music!

 

11. "Two Minutes to Midnight" by Iron Maiden

This is a test of rock, but also a great test of mid range and how a fast gear can be.

 

12. "Closer" by Kings of Leon

Soundstage and a test of midrange

 

13. "Brand New Day" by Kodaline

Soundstage mainly. But also overly bright gear will destroy this song.

 

14. "Swim" by Madonna

Detail, soundstage and bass. A lovely song produced by William Orbit, with layer upon layer and beautiful texture. On the right gear you can close your eyes and drift.

 

15. "Gone in the morning" by Newton Faulkner

Detail, soundstage, mid range... 

 

16. "Take the Power Back" by Rage Against the Machine

Bass and mid bass measurement mainly. The kick drum makes this song and if it's not there it can sound a bit bright.

 

15. "Give it Away" by Red Hot Chilli Peppers

Because I want to see how the gear handles Flea.

 

16. "Come on Over" by Royal Blood

The bass can be very muddy on this song. Good test.

 

17. "Take Back the City" by Snow Patrol

See how it handles acoustic guitar

 

18. "Something Good Can Work" by 2 Door Cinema Club

Modern poppy electronica. A good test of any gear. Tends to have a warm sound to it.

 

19. "Life is Beautiful" by Vega 4.

Because it was the first dance at my wedding OK?

 

That's it! :)

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