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What is your go-to song to test out a new pair of headphones ?

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

I am curious what song people first try when they get a new pair of headphones to determine if they sound good.

post #2 of 12

So:Lo by Kate Havnevik

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhUiA9tLNow

 

Enter the Lovely by Bluetech is also great:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xb0rLYoPLs4

 

Honestly it takes more than one track to really figure out what may be going right or wrong with a headphone.  I use the Ayre Irrational But Efficacious CD to look at headphones technically.

post #3 of 12

Tomorrow Never Comes by Big Head Todd and the Monsters.  The bass line is tough to get right.

post #4 of 12
Firth of Fifth by Genesis off "Selling England by the Pound". http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=SD5engyVXe0&feature=kp

Begins with a great piano solo followed by Peter Gabriel's voice, a beautiful flute solo then Steve Hackett's greatest guitar solo.
post #5 of 12

All the songs I like. If they sound good, I like the phones. If they don't, I will curse the phones as the worst ever made.

post #6 of 12

Depends on how much time I get but I will always play this song first

 

Created Beauty by Versailles

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lviDUe7BCts

post #7 of 12
Thread Starter 

I have a feeling I'm not the norm. For me its always 1 song.

 

http://youtu.be/36DBSksJwUw

post #8 of 12
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Originally Posted by Folex View Post
 

I have a feeling I'm not the norm. For me its always 1 song.

 

http://youtu.be/36DBSksJwUw


You might like this then:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsduRK6y9Bg

post #9 of 12
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by NA Blur View Post
 


You might like this then:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsduRK6y9Bg

I like eskmo, i got that song favorited. Good song of bass and vocals. 

 

 

Kind of along the same lines, but more visual

 

http://youtu.be/QtTpszuKXqA


Edited by Folex - 5/24/14 at 8:16pm
post #10 of 12

1)  "You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone," Band of Heathens: listened for a) difference between both position and voice of vocalist on first verse vs. second; b) clarity of bass glissando in third and subsequent verses; also listen for tonality vs. "thump" on the bass drum and for transparency and sound stage size;

 

If I'm allowed to list the others of my test set...

 

2)  "Spanish Harlem"  sung by Rebecca Pidgeon on the Chesky "The Ultimate Demonstration Disk" (track 3):  listened for a) moistness of plosive consonants (e.g., p in "Spanish"); b) quality of maracas (shaker) that begins in Verse 3... is each shake a bit different, as suggested by the narrative introducing the test?; c) position and uncertainty of position (size of "blob") of those maracas in the sound stage;

 

3) "Saint Saens Sympony No. # - Organ Symphony," Lorin Maazel & Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Sony Records, Movement IV:  listened for the calliope-like reinforcement of the organ chord by the orchestra 3-1/2 beats later, on the 3rd "verse" where the organ rejoins the orchestra and leads the theme (about 1:16 min in).   Barely audible on this recording, though much clearer on another recording by Charles Munch;

 

4)  "Throwback" by B.o.B. -- listen to the intensity of the lowest C on the piano (32 Hz) that starts occurring about 34 sec into the song.

post #11 of 12
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Originally Posted by harrislp View Post

All the songs I like. If they sound good, I like the phones. If they don't, I will curse the phones as the worst ever made.

Couldn't have said it any better myself.
post #12 of 12

But, but, but...

 

  1. "All the songs I like" have been given 5 stars in my iTunes library;
  2. iTunes informs me that that set comprises 171 songs;
  3. iTunes further informs me that it takes 13 hours and 35 minutes to play;
  4. My audio store is only open from 11 am to 7 pm... just 8 hours.

 

What am I to do????

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