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Tracks to test headphones soundstage

post #1 of 17
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Does anyone have or know of any tracks that are very good to test the soundstage of headphones.
post #2 of 17
Try the new Art Tatum disc from Zenph, "Piano Starts Here." The second half of the disc is binaural - that will give you a great demonstration of your headphones' capabilities.

Also try any music that was recorded live, with an audience. You'll find much more of this with classical or jazz, but you'll find some for any genre. Rhose will demonstrate soundstage better than studio recorded music where an engineer separates the channels.
post #3 of 17
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Originally Posted by h1a8 View Post
Does anyone have or know of any tracks that are very good to test the soundstage of headphones.
Keep watching this thread for updates of information that will probably be of interest to you:

http://www.head-fi.org/forums/f4/ple...dphone-399911/


It's a new thread.

To more directly answer your question, I agree with Uncle Erik about "live" performance recordings where an audience is involved. It depends greatly on the actual sound stage capabilities of various headphones. With some everything is "in your head" while others have a sonic presentation that seems to extend outside of one's head.

For what exactly about the sound stage are you testing? I hope you're not attempting to measure the exact size of your headphone's sound stage. You will drive yourself "crazy" trying to determine that.
Read the first post of this (now closed) thread:

http://www.head-fi.org/forums/f4/if-...stions-398485/

Good luck.
post #4 of 17
x2 for the live recordings. Archive.org has thousands of FLAC live recordings of all sorts of bands. The actual recording quality can be hit or miss, but overall it is a great site.
post #5 of 17
Yup. Look for soundboard/mix recordings. The Jason Mraz show dated 7-13-2007 is a particularly nice one.
post #6 of 17
Faust--------So Far
post #7 of 17
Eric Clapton - Unplugged.

Also, anything by Gomez.
post #8 of 17
of all my live music Live- Right here, right now has the best audience integration I have ever played in any headphone..
post #9 of 17
I like any of the "Unplugged" and "Stripped:Real and Raw" series.
post #10 of 17
I would not recommend tracks that have fantastic soundstage on their own (especially not binaural), as these make any decent headphone sound great. A much better test is what they can add to fairly mundane recordings.
post #11 of 17
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Originally Posted by fraseyboy View Post
Eric Clapton - Unplugged.

Also, anything by Gomez.
a little bit off topic but i gave Unplugged a listen and OMG i can't believe I haven't listened to this before. And its exactly what I've been looking for in music for a WHILE now, also i downloaded and installes ASIO4ALL its made quite a difference. didnt really expect that. all i can say is thank you all for that suggestion, it really highlights the soundstage too!

btw any other Eric Clapton albums that are good? or something in the same vein?
post #12 of 17
I found myself listening to Jean-Michel Jarre's Concerts in China last night (naff I know, but it was a sentimental step back in time) - that was very good!
post #13 of 17
My favorite is Moanin' by Charles Mingus. Excellent track, a good all around headphone tester. If the bari sax comes alive, you know you've got a good set!
post #14 of 17
Aside from live recordings, which are great, I enjoy using electronic music to test the spacial capabilities of my headphones as well - many things by the Chemical Brothers will work well.
post #15 of 17
Olias of Sunhillow - 1976 by Jon Anderson
Enjoy
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