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post #76 of 83

I don't have a solid reference set yet, but so far this is what comes first...


Stan Getz - The Girl From Ipanema

Daft Punk - Recognizer

Bag Raiders - So Demanding


Then some Steely Dan, Alan Parsons and David Gilmour.

post #77 of 83

Female vocal and details: "No need to argue" by The Cranberries

Bass kick: "Take The Power Back" by Rage Against The Machine

Overall bass punch and depth: "Some Chords" by Deadmau5

Detail, speed and Attack: Vivaldi's "Summer"

post #78 of 83


Dream Academy - Life in a Northern Town

Yaz - Mr. Blue

10,000 Maniacs - Verdi Cries

Mary Chapin Carpenter - Someone Else's Prayer

The Weepies - Please Speak Well of Me

Joni Mitchell - River

Everything But the Girl - Night I Heard Caruso Sing

Killing Me Softly - The Fugees

post #79 of 83

I used to play technically complex passages when evaluating headphones, but I don't care about that stuff anymore. Too many times I tricked myself into getting excited about a technically excellent headphone that didn't do anything for me emotionally. Now I play:


Opening track from Cornelius - 69/96

Almost anything from Stereolab - Sound Dust

Unknown version of Rimsky-Korsakov - Scheherazade, especially around the 8 minute mark

Sam Cooke - Live at the Harlem Square Club


If a headphone can give me chills/move me on all of these, then it's a winner.

post #80 of 83

First track I'll pick is always Glenn Gould's Goldberg Variations, '81..

This recording is the one I know best and is perfect to determine tone quality and detail..

post #81 of 83


Viva la Gloria (Little Girl) (Green Day) The isolated vocals and the big bassy drum at the start help me find distortion. If it can cope with that drum/bass combo, I'm happy.

Always be my baby (Mariah Carey) Background/foreground sound comparison

Pass Out (Tinie Tempah) Good sound excercise, nice and chip-tuney!

Boys of Summer (DJ Sammy) I know the song very well, so I can hear if something's off.

Get off my cloud and Red Rooster (Rolling Stones) because I need something vintage to offset all the other ones ;)

post #82 of 83

Pink Floyd - Shine on you Crazy Diamond or the whole of Dark Side of the Moon


Led Zeppelin - Black Dog or Stairway to Heaven


Finley Quaye - Even After All


Paul Simon - Something so right


Nas - Nas is Like




I just try and get a nice variation of different sounds in there

post #83 of 83

Do Your Eyes See Sparks? by Mice Parade for checking out female vocals.


...And The Great Cold Death Of The Earth by Agalloch, Harper Lewis by Russian Circles and Zodiac by God Is An Astronaut for PRaT.


Dance With Me by Devastations for male vocals.


Welcome, Ghosts by Explosions In The Sky for bass impact (around 1:30).


Nattestid Vid I by Taake for metal.


A Pastoral Theme by Empyrium for acoustic.


Lorelei by Lis Er Stille for indie climaxes.

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