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What tracks really depends on a great setup to reveal the clarity, resolution, and details?

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Hotel California is kind of a classic track to do this with....Im sure everyone on Head-Fi is too cool for something so mainstream but that's what I've used to demo many headphones/audio setups. I'd highly recommend it.

 

If that doesn't float your boat just listen to an album you're REALLY familiar with and you'll pick up many differences between different cans or speakers.

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Ok, what about trumpets?  I think kind of blue is so popular because I think the texture of the trumpet heard depends on how resolving the setup is right?  This can be said of vocal textures.  Coltrane would scale up with good equipment.

 

I don't know why as I scale up to better equipment, the rock music or multi-instrument music(not orchestrial but band music), does not scale up.  I does seem to scale up like vocals or jazz music.

 

One album I'm disappointed at is John Legend's get lifted.  I like the music, but not the way it was recorded.  It doesn't get better.  It was mastered poorly imo.  He's talented, but the producer didn't use quality recording or messed up the sound.

 

I'm wondering what recording would be very obvious that your equipment has scaled up?


Edited by SilverEars - 4/23/14 at 10:02pm
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Steely Dan is good, e.g. Gaucho album, or Aja.

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Ok, what about trumpets?  I think kind of blue is so popular because I think the texture of the trumpet heard depends on how resolving the setup is right?  This can be said of vocal textures.  Coltrane would scale up with good equipment.

 

I don't know why as I scale up to better equipment, the rock music or multi-instrument music(not orchestrial but band music), does not scale up.  I does seem to scale up like vocals or jazz music.

 

One album I'm disappointed at is John Legend's get lifted.  I like the music, but not the way it was recorded.  It doesn't get better.  It was mastered poorly imo.  He's talented, but the producer didn't use quality recording or messed up the sound.

 

I'm wondering what recording would be very obvious that your equipment has scaled up?

For me something is wrong when I get nervous after a few minutes when listening. This e.g. happened when I connected my Oppo BD-103 RCA analog out to my amp to play the SACD layer which my regular CD player doesn't. I had to stop it after 5 minutes. Just a complete no go.

 

If your system gives you a relaxing and enjoyable experience for long time listening sessions (2-3 hrs) then you found a good set up. Then you shouldn't be bothered by others who don't regard any of you components as TOTL. Don't worry and just enjoy the music.

 

As for specific recordings - just use what you like and know best. Any classic or Jazz recording with violins and piano (or trumpets) that deliver high energy sequences will get aggressive if the set up is overly bright.


Edited by icebear - 4/24/14 at 8:58am
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For me something is wrong when I get nervous after a few minutes when listening. This e.g. happened when I connected my Oppo BD-103 RCA analog out to my amp to play the SACD layer which my regular CD player doesn't. I had to stop it after 5 minutes. Just a complete no go.

 

If your system gives you a relaxing and enjoyable experience for long time listening sessions (2-3 hrs) then you found a good set up. Then you shouldn't be bothered by others who don't regard any of you components as TOTL. Don't worry and just enjoy the music.

 

As for specific recordings - just use what you like and know best. Any classic or Jazz recording with violins and piano (or trumpets) that deliver high energy sequences will get aggressive if the set up is overly bright.

You know.  I don't try to listen to good recorded music when I test out equipment.  I go for like you said some typical pop and see how it performs, if it brings out some details I've never heard before, or it sounds awful, or it doesn't resolve as I scale up(this is how I know the headphones are actually honest).  What are all you methods, and what music do you use to test equipment.  Sorry if I'm offending the proponents of music first before equipment people.  :o

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