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post #16 of 83
* i'm getting all the CDs i don't already own that all the above songs appear on *
post #17 of 83
Pretty much OSTs and alike; Transformers, CW, Dark Knight, AC2, GW, TR..
post #18 of 83
Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here (detail retrieval)

Pink Floyd - One of These Days (bass response and quality)

Miles Davis - So What (treble response and quality; imaging)

Nirvana - Rape Me (vocals)

Pink Floyd - Another Brick In the Wall 3 (soundstage)

Various metal to check transients

Pink Floyd - Echoes (any reason is a good reason to play this kick ass song)
post #19 of 83
Dire straits- love over gold - xylaphone esp.
post #20 of 83

Anything Beatles

I go straight for The Beatles catalog as it's what I'm most familiar with...in fact I'm doing it now with my first proper Head-Fi setup:

AKG K701
Benchmark DAC1 USB

It's sounding absolutely brilliant!

post #21 of 83
+ btw for me...

The Knife - Marble House - dynamic test? contrast between highs and lows i guess...
Fleet Foxes - various songs from their debut - acoustics
Discovery - Carby (ft. Ezra Koenig) - fun electronic music
Nirvana - Smells like teen spirit - grungy guitars
jj - Things Will Never Be The Same Again - highs
Dan Deacon - snookered - highs
Kanye West - Love Lockdown - bass
Vampire Weekend - Giant - highs (eruption of the BRASS melody @ 1:30 is amazing)

and for pure "musical emotional value" test... hard to describe the purpose or validity of this test... its just to see if the headphones "click" well with me i guess...

The Killers - This River Is Wild
Arcade Fire - Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)
Arcade Fire - No Cars Go
Wild Light - Heart Attack
Radiohead - Idioteque
Leonard Cohen - Hallelujah (Live)
+ more i can't think of off the top of my head
post #22 of 83
Nirvana - Come As You Are (Vinyl)
Metallica - One (45rpm Vinyl)
Joan Osborne - Crazy Baby
Santana - Maria, Maria
Diana Krall - Let's Fall in Love - live (Vinyl)
Dave Matthews - Crash into Me
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Funky Monks
post #23 of 83
Kool and the Gang - Celebration

The most obvious choice, such high quality it tests everything!

But in all seriousness, a little bit of every type of music I listen to ranging from lighter rock, to punk, to hard rock, progressive, metal, acoustic, electronic, and finally the 2 rap songs I listen to.

I like to listen to these specifically:

Jack's Mannequin - Swim
Matt Skiba - Good ****ing Bye
Matt Nathanson - Pretty The World
Rise Against - To Them These Streets Belong (and a bunch of others)
Breaking Benjamin - Diary of Jane
Pendulum - Blood Sugar
Jay-Z - Empire State of Mind
Big L - The Enemy
post #24 of 83
Dire Straits - Telegraph Road (Hey, if I'm auditioning speakers/headphones, I want a longish audition!!)
Fourplay - Chant
post #25 of 83
I listen to the entire Dire Straits - On The Night SACD
post #26 of 83
- most of Jeff Buckley "Grace" and Gomez "How We Operate", for well-engineered pop/rock;
- most of Muse "The Resistance", for all the busy-ness thrown at the ear;
- some Jesse Cook and Loreena McKennitt, for the variety of world instruments, drums, and deep bass extension.
post #27 of 83
hmmm i always play enrique song "Ring my bells" whenever i buy new headphones
I love the energy of song
post #28 of 83
Hmm..let me think...

ELP- From The Beginning
Yes- Close to the Edge
Pain of Salvation- Iter Impius
Mos Def- Umi Says
John Coltrane- A Love Supreme
Riverside- Curtain Falls
Opeth- Bleak
Cat Stevens- Sad Lisa
Dvorak- New World Symphony
Simon & Garfunkel- Bridge Over Troubled Water
Astor Piazzolla- Milonga del Angel
Prince- The Ballad of Dorothy Parker

Think thats diverse enough...
post #29 of 83
The Eagles "Hell Freezes Over" Hotel California.
Fleetwood Mac "Tusk re-master" Beautiful Child
Journey "Trial by Fire" Trial by Fire
Diana Krall "The look of love" The look of love.
post #30 of 83
Glenn Gould's Goldberg variations ('81)

The analoge recording is excellent, if the magic is there it's a keeper, if not, no use in trying other music, the HF will have to go..
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