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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. Bredin
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  2. Prog Rock Man
    Massive Attack (again!) 'Angel' and the intro to check for bass distortion and the 'meow' sound at 42 seconds and how clear it is.

    Ash and 'Oh Yeah'. A terrible recording where eveything is flat. This check is to see how well the hifi separates instruments, its and the kick into the chorus.

    Pink Floyd and 'Summer 68' for the overall tone and clarity.

    New Order and 'Regret' for the tizzy treble and cymbols.

    Gomez and 'Whippin' Picidilly' for soundstage and dynamics.
  3. fatcat28037 Contributor
    Chesky test CD.
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  4. illuminati
    my dad always uses yello. i use fake blood - mars or his remix of hot chip.
    edit: and booka shade! booka shade is really good to test with imo.
  5. Prog Rock Man

    Originally Posted by fatcat28037 /img/forum/go_quote.gif
    Chesky test CD.

    Only £28 off Amazon, though volume 2 is a more reasonable £18.
  6. EoY
    Besides the tracks already mentioned (especially Pink Floyd):

    Kashiwa Daisuke - Stella (general feeling)
  7. gbacic
    ^ 123 on Kashiwa Daisuke, it's classical, jazz, electronic and post-rock all rolled up into a neat, beautiful package.

    maudlin of the Well - Part The Second
    free download for 24 bit flac, is that audiophile enough? [​IMG]
  8. Redcarmoose
    dsotm is the same old same old, and works everytime. Side 1
  9. Tiemen
    "Bird on a wire" by Jennifer Warnes on her album Famous Blue Raincoat.
    It has everything you want to check out.
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  10. Krackatus
    Parabola by Tool is one ive always thought is excellent for testing equipment.
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    Telefon Tel Aviv - Farenheit fair enough , for bass and stereo seperation.
    Nils Landgren Funk Unit - Sisters of Arequipa , for low level retrieval and speed.
    David Mcalmont - Never,Never,Never , for vocal naturalness and bass[/FONT]

    bryston - lehmann - grado
  12. alcyst
    Some of the amps with a great crossfeed function show up the headphone vs loudspeaker behaviour. On the SPL Phonitor thread we were looking at;
    Peter Gabriel Solsbury Hill; seasick making on headphones, just wobbly on speakers/crossfeed
    The Body Acoustic; Mintzer, Hidalgo, Gonzalez, Chesky, Brecker; unlistenable on headphones, interesting on speakers/crossfeed
  13. ecramer
    Nick Cave and the Bad seeds - Red Right hand
    Dayna Kurtz - i got it bad and thats not good
    silent shout - one hit

    between these three songs you can pretty much tell what your equipment will do

  14. DaveBSC
    Beck - Soldier Jane from "The Information". This is a superb test of sound stage and detail.

    Boards of Canada - Dayvan Cowboy from "The Campfire Headphase". Great test of timbre, instrument separation, and high frequency detail.

    The Orb - Abstractions from the Japanese edition of "Bicycles and Tricycles". This track is capable of the most amazing 3D wrap around effect from a stereo source that I've ever heard. On a truly capable system, its mind blowing.

    Stereolab - Metronomic Underground, Miss Modular, Three Women, Blips Drips and Strips, Captain Easychord, The Black Arts, Margerine Melodie. If a system sounds great with my Stereolab favorites, it usually sounds great with just about everything.
  15. lozanoa11
    Pink floyd - Echoes
    23:31 of psychedelic, experimental, ear candy

    Rush - The Spirit Of Radio
    Good sound stage. The begining makes it sound like he is playing the guitar up and down the left side of your head.

    Boston - More Than A Feeling
    Just because I know the song so well.

    Eric Clapton's Layla from Unplugged

    Tool - Jambi
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