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post #46 of 53

Resolve = being able to follow the start and end of each note, rather than having an amorphous bass 'soup'. Its the sort of bass when coupled with depth and punch that costs a lot. DT770's struggled with that track.

post #47 of 53

Mammagamma by The Alan Parsons Project.

 

A very simple song, but that high hat is so nice and crisp if done correctly.

post #48 of 53
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Originally Posted by conkerman View Post

Resolve = being able to follow the start and end of each note, rather than having an amorphous bass 'soup'. Its the sort of bass when coupled with depth and punch that costs a lot. DT770's struggled with that track.

Ahh yea, I hear that the bass in the DT 770 is kind of wholly, like a Bass Soup. I have the Dt 880 which had nice punch and depth while it remained at the back end of the music.

 

Send me a lossless format of it and I'll let you know what I think <3

 

For Unlikely Audiophile [not so unlikely]

 

Jeremy Soule's Guild Wars 2 OST

 

Got the 4 Disc set WONDERFUL stuff, Jeremy did an awesome job and my Megaer Dt 880 250's do pretty well! Looking forward to getting the 600 ohms as well as a DAC and DAP that can use the Spdif Out I found on my Mobo yesterday :D the bracket was built into the Mother Boards Stock Audio so I can't w8 to take advantage of it ^^ 

post #49 of 53
I would not use a song at all. Instead I would compare the sound from the headphones to the real sound. This is a good way to measure accuracy.
post #50 of 53
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Originally Posted by TwinQY View Post

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTREBhiKNGE

 

Overly loud, overly compressed mainstream mixing. Phenomenal song however, and the mixing/mastering does it absolutely no justice. Always a skeleton in the closet with these gems, sigh. Great test track for airy, delicate vocals.

 

The song sounds great to my ears in terms of mixing/mastering. Looking at the waveform too there doesn't appear to be any clipping. It could have been much much worse. Great song btw, thanks so much for posting. I would like to find more music like this if anyone could point me in the right direction.

post #51 of 53

I use a lot of Nightwish and Cosmic Gate :D specifically from CG, Body Of Conflict or Flatline.

post #52 of 53

I have a tradition that started years ago when I first tried out an SR225i. My test song for any new piece of equipment is Traffic's arrangement of "John Barleycorn". Originally it was a completely random choice as the first song I played on the Grados, but I've used it for every headphone since then.

 

And it's not a horrible choice, either. It's a sparse arrangement, but with lots of layering and precise positioning cues. The vocal will expose lower treble spikes if the sibilance is exaggerated. The overall presentation is supposed to be wide and spacious, yet the vocals are intimate. The instruments cover the entire range from midbass up through the highest reaches of treble, so any tonal imbalance/coloration will be made quite apparent. The vocal is forward, so if the upper midrange is tipped up on the headphone the vocal will sound shouty.

 

There's a lot a headphone has to do right to convincingly render this track. There's even a test for bass extension in here because they apparently didn't use pop filters on the condenser mics when they recorded this, so there are a few plosives that come in at the very bottom end of the frequency spectrum (< 50 Hz).

post #53 of 53

First track I play is Stairway To Heaven...I have heard it so many times since I was a boy that I know how it should sound. Once I get past that, then I go all over the place, but that is the first test.

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