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post #1 of 10
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Nikki Minaj Super Bass is one I use to test sound systems (I don't really like that music, but it has a ton of stuff going on in the background that can only be picked up on a good headphone).

 

I've found, though, that heavy metal or other guitar riff heavy songs don't sound that much better on a good headphone.


Edited by ag8908 - 1/23/14 at 4:46pm
post #2 of 10
Live performances/concerts sound amazing through a quality headphone. iTunes Festival performances come to mind.
post #3 of 10

Most recordings from Chesky Records, in particular binaural recordings.

 

Zhao Cong - Dance in the Moon

 

Also most TELARC recordings and FIM CDs.

post #4 of 10

Any song that you like and are familiar with will do. 

When I'm showing off my system to someone, though, I like the play tracks from Daft Punk's Random Access Memories. They are all recorded so well, with deep bass, interesting textures, small details, etc. 

My favorite bass test song is Forest Fires by XXYYXX. 

post #5 of 10

Anything NIN

post #6 of 10

Radiohead's OK Computer album, U2's The Joshua Tree album (personal favorite album of all time), anything classical that was recorded well. 

post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by MrRodriguez View Post

Live performances/concerts sound amazing through a quality headphone. iTunes Festival performances come to mind.

iTunes limits their quality to 256 kbps. That might not be the best option. 

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Originally Posted by ag8908 View Post
 

Nikki Minaj Super Bass is one I use to test sound systems (I don't really like that music, but it has a ton of stuff going on in the background that can only be picked up on a good headphone).

 

I've found, though, that heavy metal or other guitar riff heavy songs don't sound that much better on a good headphone.

 

If for example "better" means a car sponsored by Audiobahn or a set of Beats then definitely Nikki Minaj's Super Bass sounds better. Dream Theater sounds like crap on most stock earbuds and on a lot of bass-enhanced cheap earphones - bass drum sounds hollow, guitars sound like some kid played with the knobs on the amps, cymbals are ear-piercing "pzzzzshshhhhhTTT!!!" that you can barely locate where they're coming from....

 

Even if your definition of "metal" is vastly different, meaning mostly "I'm noisier than you!!!" types trying to outdo each other ripping their vocal chords out and any normal singing is looked down upon (like how people ripped on Mudvayne's "The End Of All Things To Come"), some bands that fall under that category to some degree still do better with better headphones or speakers, properly driven. Pantera's guitars sound hollow on a lot of cheap earbuds and Metallica's a mess of cymbals on similar earbuds.


Edited by ProtegeManiac - 1/24/14 at 12:18am
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Wow 256kp isn't high enough? There's truth to this idea, as ever since I got my Shure 940s, Pandora (which is capped at 64k on mobile) is clearly of poor quality (not something I noticed with my old Bose). But I would have thought that 128k would be enough.

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Originally Posted by ag8908 View Post
 

Wow 256kp isn't high enough? There's truth to this idea, as ever since I got my Shure 940s, Pandora (which is capped at 64k on mobile) is clearly of poor quality (not something I noticed with my old Bose). But I would have thought that 128k would be enough.


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