Bizet – Carmen Suite No. 1 : Intermezzo - a calm intro cd that brings out many instruments; flute, harp, horns etc. It is a very relaxing song to get it started.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Clarinet Concerto in A – Il Adagio – This song covers the usual range of symphony music with nothing too low and it also a good listen.
Trad., Arr Erick Lichte: “Danny Boy” (From Let Your Voice Be Heard, Cantus Cts-1201) from the Stereophile Editor’s Choice CD – This song just does a great job of covering a wide range of frequencies through choir.
Ellington , Arr. Harris: “The Mooche” (From Rendezvous, Stph013-2) – From the Stereophile Editor’s Choice CD – a nice jazz song that is well recorded if nothing else.
Adrian Legg – Cajun Interlude – Mr. Legg is a master guitar player. This song is acoustic guitar only and covers the very low frequencies on the guitar to very high frequencies. And he rips it up as well.
Michael Hedges – Jitterboogie – The same thing as before. He is a great acoustic guitar player and this recording covers just about all audible ranges found on a guitar.
Mike Gordon and Leo Kottke – Rings – These two guys use a wide range of musical instrument on this track. It sounds like they use djembe’s, shakers, bass, acoustic guitar, hand drums and off coarse Leo’s vocals are deep.
Pink Floyd – Mother – Great acoustic intro that is low key. At 1:40 the guitar comes in with the keys. 2:49 the drums are added in with electric guitar and round out the sound. One of my favorites.
Pink Floyd – Comfortably Numb – Same reasons as Mother. At 56 seconds the acoustic guitar really kicks in and gives and new feel to the music. There is also a keyboard part in the background that comes out in the Grado’s.
Oakhurst – River and Sticks (from Dual Mono) – A local Denver jamgrass band that did a good recording. This song is more in there for audio bliss then anything else. The guitar, upright bass and guitar are all in stereo and then the banjo is in the right can and the mandolin is in the left can which is interesting. The wide variety of instruments covers a lot of high, mid and lows as well.
Burning for Buddy – Pick up the Pieces – A tribute to Buddy Rich cd done by some of rocks biggest drummers. I think this song was done by Neil Peart. Big Band song done with all of the usual big band instruments. It is clear and a well rounded song.
Dave Matthews Band – Ants Marching - This song has violin, bass, acoustic guitar, horns and drums. The bass is low but not that low. The kick drum is punchy which is why I like it.
Smashing Pumpkins – Whir – a little more rock and roll. The bass guitar is pretty low end which fits nice with highs of the acoustic guitar.
Leftover Salmon – Are You Sure Hank Done it This Way (featuring Hank Williams) This song is all about the upright bass that is combined with acoustic/electric guitar. Overall a great mix of tones.
AC/DC – Back In Black – a true rock song. It will forever be one of the greatest so why not add it to my tester cd. Good lows and mids.
Stevie Ray Vaughn – Voodoo Chile (Slight Return) – Again, a classic tune but the opening measures might be the best. Stevie opening with his guitar and the thunder drums following. The follows by one of the most mid to low frequency songs I have ever heard. It rocks if you like lows and mids. This is just one to throw out there that if you listen to it and hear the detail in the low and mids parts and then listen to them on some poor phones or some phones with lots of highs you it should be night and day.
The last 3 are dance music that I have found that have VERY low frequencies in their music.
The Crystal Method – Keep Hope Alive (There is Hope)
The Crystal Method – High Roller – some really good lows!!!
Massive Attack – Angel – Great low end stuff. A must in my opinion. This track must be included in my testing.
Again, this is what I have been using the past few months to test out can and speakers. The first entries are more high to mids and the last ones have some serious lows in them. What else do you all test cans out with?