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post #31 of 375
Been using this track lately (but lossless)
post #32 of 375
Massive Attack (again!) 'Angel' and the intro to check for bass distortion and the 'meow' sound at 42 seconds and how clear it is.

Ash and 'Oh Yeah'. A terrible recording where eveything is flat. This check is to see how well the hifi separates instruments, its and the kick into the chorus.

Pink Floyd and 'Summer 68' for the overall tone and clarity.

New Order and 'Regret' for the tizzy treble and cymbols.

Gomez and 'Whippin' Picidilly' for soundstage and dynamics.
post #33 of 375
Chesky test CD.
post #34 of 375
my dad always uses yello. i use fake blood - mars or his remix of hot chip.
edit: and booka shade! booka shade is really good to test with imo.
post #35 of 375
Originally Posted by fatcat28037 View Post
Chesky test CD.
Only £28 off Amazon, though volume 2 is a more reasonable £18.
post #36 of 375
Besides the tracks already mentioned (especially Pink Floyd):

Kashiwa Daisuke - Stella (general feeling)
post #37 of 375
^ 123 on Kashiwa Daisuke, it's classical, jazz, electronic and post-rock all rolled up into a neat, beautiful package.

maudlin of the Well - Part The Second
free download for 24 bit flac, is that audiophile enough?
post #38 of 375
dsotm is the same old same old, and works everytime. Side 1
post #39 of 375
"Bird on a wire" by Jennifer Warnes on her album Famous Blue Raincoat.
It has everything you want to check out.
post #40 of 375
Parabola by Tool is one ive always thought is excellent for testing equipment.
post #41 of 375
Telefon Tel Aviv - Farenheit fair enough , for bass and stereo seperation.
Nils Landgren Funk Unit - Sisters of Arequipa , for low level retrieval and speed.
David Mcalmont - Never,Never,Never , for vocal naturalness and bass[/FONT]

bryston - lehmann - grado
post #42 of 375

Stereo seperation(?), and tracks

Some of the amps with a great crossfeed function show up the headphone vs loudspeaker behaviour. On the SPL Phonitor thread we were looking at;
Peter Gabriel Solsbury Hill; seasick making on headphones, just wobbly on speakers/crossfeed
The Body Acoustic; Mintzer, Hidalgo, Gonzalez, Chesky, Brecker; unlistenable on headphones, interesting on speakers/crossfeed
post #43 of 375
Nick Cave and the Bad seeds - Red Right hand
Dayna Kurtz - i got it bad and thats not good
silent shout - one hit

between these three songs you can pretty much tell what your equipment will do

post #44 of 375
Beck - Soldier Jane from "The Information". This is a superb test of sound stage and detail.

Boards of Canada - Dayvan Cowboy from "The Campfire Headphase". Great test of timbre, instrument separation, and high frequency detail.

The Orb - Abstractions from the Japanese edition of "Bicycles and Tricycles". This track is capable of the most amazing 3D wrap around effect from a stereo source that I've ever heard. On a truly capable system, its mind blowing.

Stereolab - Metronomic Underground, Miss Modular, Three Women, Blips Drips and Strips, Captain Easychord, The Black Arts, Margerine Melodie. If a system sounds great with my Stereolab favorites, it usually sounds great with just about everything.
post #45 of 375
Pink floyd - Echoes
23:31 of psychedelic, experimental, ear candy

Rush - The Spirit Of Radio
Good sound stage. The begining makes it sound like he is playing the guitar up and down the left side of your head.

Boston - More Than A Feeling
Just because I know the song so well.

Eric Clapton's Layla from Unplugged

Tool - Jambi
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