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What is the first song you play when you get new cans?

post #1 of 83
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What's your reference material? For me, I try to cover all genres. Do you like vocals? Who are your favourites?

Eagles - Hell Freezes Over - Hotel California Live (Acoustic, sound stage)

Dire Straits - Dire Straits - Sultan of Swings

Guns N' Roses - November Rain

Santana - Supernatural - Maria Maria

Green Day - 21st Century Breakdown - 21 Guns (Heavy rock, mid-highs)

David Guetta - Sexy B*tch (Bass test)

Timbaland - Carry Out (Bass)

LMFAO - Let's Get Crazy (Party Rock Remix) ft. Cassie & Akon (Favourite hiphop/electro test)

Tiesto - Feel it in my bones (Favourite vocal trance test)

009 Sound System - Dreamscape

Yiruma - River flows in you (Piano test)

Shania Twain - any (female vocal test)

I'm trying to expand the range of music I listen to. Please share and discuss your faouvrites!

EDIT: I see this topic is growing nicely, don't let it stop! Come chime in so everyone can expand their music listening experience.
post #2 of 83
Sigur Rós - Untitled 8
I don't use it as a reference, I just really like the song. But I guess it could be used as an instrument separation test.
post #3 of 83
Eagles – Hotel California
Guns N' Roses – November Rain and Don't Cry
Nightwish – Ever Dream
and some Pink Floyd stuff ^^

That was my reference when i hook up new amp today.

JiNuWiNe: Nice reference songs.
post #4 of 83
Cyantific's Space Zombie. perfect for testing bass, plus it's got crisp enough highs to see what i think of the high end on some cans. Then whatever black metal I'm listening to.
post #5 of 83
Accept's Balls to the Walls
AC/DC's Girl's Got Rhythm
Vivaldi's Four Seasons ( Summer )
Vangelis Conquest of Paradise
post #6 of 83
Random track from random artists from random albums from random genres....
post #7 of 83
When I get another pair of headphones I'll probably play Smile - The Beach Boys and Bath - maudlin of the Well. Cover all the bases and listen to my favourite albums
post #8 of 83
Gomez - Hangover (just the intro though) tests details and ability to handle hard transients.

Gomez - California - guitars and male vocals

Spoon - Don't Make Me a Target - Mid-Bass

Nelly - Country Grammar - Bass

Dixie Chicks - Cowboy Take Me Away - Female pop vocals, acoustic guitars

Blitzen Trapper - Furr - Resolution, male vocals, bass

Boston - More Than a Feeling - classic overdriven guitar, high male vocals

Mastadon - Divinations - metal, speed, detail

Muse - Hysteria - bass - guitar interplay

Oasis - Don't Look Back in Anger

Allman Brothers Band - In Memory of Elizabeth Reed - Fillmore East

BWV 1042 - from the Perlman Edition Itzhak Perlman Daniel Barenboim

Radiohead - Killer Cars (mogadon version)

Ray LaMontagne - Jolene

Britney Spears - Lucky

Rolling Stones - Rocks Off

Avett Brothers - Weight of Lies

BIll Frissel - Pretty Flowers Were Made for Blooming

Black Crowes - Jealous Again

Miles Davis - Willie Nelson (take 2)
post #9 of 83
Nothing exact, just something I really like out of my CD-shelf... I might do some tests with songs focusing on different aspects. Not that I would´ve gotten new headphones that often.
post #10 of 83
Pink Floyd - Pigs (Three Different Ones) (presentation test, I really like this song sounding right in your face; and maybe resolution)
Therion - Birth Of Venus Illegitima (neutrality and toe tapping test)
Black Sabbath - War Pigs (bass impact)
Lacrimosa - Halt Mich (instrument separation and again toe tapping)
post #11 of 83
Eric Clapton Unplugged - Tears in heaven.
Vivaldi - The Four seasons, the third part of summer directed by igor kipnis.
Kate Bush - Wuthering Heights (old version)
Mozart - Turkish March played by moura lympany
Bach- Cello Suite #1 In G, BWV 1007 - Praeludium played by Paul Tortelier
The Cardigans - After All
The Cardigans - No Sleep ( I just love their songs )
post #12 of 83
The first thing I play is "While my guitar gently weeps" and then I usually follow that with a little "Strawberry Fields Forever".

If I'm not impressed at this point, it's probably hopeless.
post #13 of 83
Dire Straits - Private Investigations
Supertramp - The Logical Song
Clutch - Big News I
Rolling Stones - Can't You Hear Me Knocking
Sarah McLachlan - Adia (live)
St. Vincent - Paris Is Burning
Santogold - You'll Find a Way
R.E.M. - You
The Smiths - How Soon is Now
Simply Red - Holding Back the Years
Sade - Pearls
The Alan Parsons Project - Old and Wise
Tom Petty - Angel Dream (No. 4)
EPMD - Da Joint
Beastie Boys - Putting Shame in Your Game
Anything by Depeche Mode
post #14 of 83
I try to find new good music. I mean my favourite music may be influenced by what work exceptionally well on my old gear so it´s perhaps not the best to try out new gear with.

I see no point in really focusing that hard from the beginning. It takes time getting used to the soundstage of new headphones and such so better to wait for the hardcore listening and just let new toy syndrome last as long as it possibly can

Patience is a virtue that is really hard to master though lol
post #15 of 83
Runrig - Heading to Arcadia, Everytime, I should break the habit sometime.
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