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The Best audiophile tracks to test equipment

Discussion in 'Music' started by deafmutelame, Mar 9, 2005.
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  1. SilverEars
    Arn't audiophile quality recordings just well recorded that they generally sound good? Anyway, this recording I've heard some differences in details between two of my iems, and it's quite excellent. The textures in trumpet and drums and impact can vary depending on the headphones I think. My Andromeda is perfect for Dave Brubeck for some reason. Horn sounds well articulated, and bass impact is done enough to be foward, and just seems that sound forwardness level of various instruments are at the right level. This is out of my Opus #2 which contributes to the output to the Andromeda. It just sounds so darn good I repeatedly listen to this album without it getting old.

  2. SilverEars
    Wow, this album is just a great recording.

  3. SilverEars
    Vocals. So bassy vocals, so warm.

    Last edited: Dec 26, 2017
  4. SilverEars
    The vocals on this one is just so well detailed and articulately recorded. Quite amazing.

  5. alcyst
    Not a track or album, more a question about a record label.

    ECM has a reputation for a clean, almost clinical, sound. I’ve never found it easy to listen to ECM albums and put it down to a preference for a less clinical experience. But after spending a while listening to an ECM Hi-Res playlist on Qobuz, I’m coming to the conclusion that my difficulty with ECM is more to do with spatial positioning.
    The ECM tracks have me right in the middle of the group, and rather than being cosy and involved it feels intrusive and claustrophobic. I can’t relax because some drummer’s kit is right on top of me, some horn player is parked under my left earlobe and I have to move so the pianist can reach some of the notes.
    I can turn the volume down, but they are still pressed up against me.
    Eavesdropping can be fun, but a bit of personal space is necessary.

    Is this just me?

    As an aside; it is lovely to hear the background "scratching" of the acoustic oud (?) on the opening section of Bom Dia Rio from Anouar Brahem's Blue Maqams, but too many of the instruments are right on top of the listener.
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2018
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  6. addylo
    My favorite reference albums:
    1) Muddy Waters - Folk Singer
    2) Holly Cole - Temptation
    3) Yes - Fragile (Steve Hoffman vinyl pressing)
    4) Norah Jones - Come Away With Me (Analogue Productions vinyl pressing)
  7. wu6u3
    I prefer

    1. Beethoven - No 5 symphony from Berliner with Herbert von Karajan.
    2. Ito Yuna - Trust you
    3. JJ Lin - By Your Side
    4. Beyonce - Halo
    5. Josh Groban - Stage

    3 ,5 have 94/24bits Hi Res sources and 3 use binural recording.
    2 and 4 is for female vocalist.
    1 is classical music and sound stage.
  8. Stranger Than Fiction
    Mike Oldfield: Tubular Bells II

    The BBC Big Band Orchestra: Chattanooga Choo Choo.
  9. Jamesy1969

    I was listening to Muddy's classic "Folk Singer" yesterday whilst walking the dog; 24/192 FLAC->FiiO X7->balanced out to->Shure SE846.

    I had a sudden "Oh yeah, this is what all the expense is about!" moment :)
  10. chrismini
    I took an audio engineering class and the instructor used Steely Dan's Aja as an example of a well engineered and produced record. Of course that was before iTools and digital everything. Before motorized faders and before music started to sound sterile. My favorite records are Dark Side of the Moon and almost everything Roger Waters did with Pink Floyd with the exception of The Final Cut which should have been his first solo record.
  11. hemipowered007
    I also have that muddy waters album, and it is absolutely fantastic.
  12. tonyxiaoz
    I really like Karajan's Beethoven symphonies too. I would also suggest his Beethoven symphony no. 9 last movement. Great for soundstage, control, dynamics, instrument separation etc.
  13. tonyxiaoz
    Another good genre I like to use to test headphones is choral music. Such as:
    -J.S. Bach: Mass in B minor - Breitkopf & Härtel Edition, edited by J. Rifkin (2006)
    -Mozart Requiem by Dunedin Consort, Linn Records
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  14. Stranger Than Fiction
    This one was recommended to me by a friend who listens to gospel hip hop of all things...

  15. deafmutelame
    Do you happen to remember which one? Thanks.

    Deacon Blues from 'Aja' (1977) or 'Two against nature' are usually considered a nice tracks to test equipment:

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