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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. freesole
    Anybody have recommendations for female vocals in the same quality as Agnes Obel, Eva Cassidy?? Doesn’t necessarily need to be the same genre but just that airy quality to go with their amazing voice.
  2. Wildcatsare1
    Not female vocals, but if anyone is looking for an album to test soundstage and tone, Duke Ellington’s “Jazz Party” is an excellent alternative to classical music.
  3. Redcarmoose

    The Dark Knight Rises 2012 Soundtrack Suite OST Hans Zimmer

    192 kHz/24 bit

    I started getting closer and closer to this soundtrack in Hi-res finding it was both challenging and rewarding in systems. Maybe due to the detail or layering? There is a darkness throughout that borders on sadness but never gets there. Maybe it’s the somber mood, but most likely the bass that I like.
    Last edited: Dec 18, 2018
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  4. slicksilver79
    95% and more of the recommendations are from before year 2000. Has recording quality declined in the last two decades? I cant find a single song recommendation produced in the last decade or so!
  5. bigshot
    Six String Theory by Lee Ritenour is one of the best sounding albums I've heard and it is fairly recent. Multichannel DVD-A
  6. Sebastien Chiu
    I always enjoy putting on some 24/192 John Williams. The man never fails to disappoint in full glory!
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  7. javamalava
    Here's my shortlist of very non-traditional music to test equipment! There's a sound that I look for, and I use these songs to device whether enough of what I like I present in a given product.

    • speakers stereo width: Billy Cobham - Stratus
    • speakers scale: Beastie Boys - Sabotage
    • mid bass tightness: Afta-1 - Afro Combs
    • low bass depth: Electric Guest - The Bait
    • treble response/if speaker is too bright: Bob Marley - Could You Be Loved
    • high treble transient response: John Frizzell - The Juggernaut
    • bass extension: Pete Belasco - Deeper
    • Is it veiled or not?: Korn - Evolution
    • high frequency grit: Drake - Hold On, We're Going Home
    • extreme low bass presence: Deadmau5 - HR 8938 Cephei
  8. 5twnr
    I like to test with any song off Radiohead- In Rainbows or Bjork - Vulnicura/Vespertine
  9. taffy2207
    @freesole You could try these, 3 of my favourite female vocallists :-

    And of course there is the legend that is Joni Mitchell. I particularly love her 'Blue' Album :-

    Last edited: Dec 21, 2018
  10. wuwhere Contributor
    One of the tracks I use. I also use it to determine if my cables are reverse, Al di Meola is on the right.

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  11. jazzfan
    Moon Dance by Mino Cinelu

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  12. richard51
    Thanks,only this short listening is very interesting choice to say the least not only for sound quality... I will look for it...I wish you the best...
  13. josephthebassist
    Snarky Puppy songs are great for to listen to the nuances of the instruments! Great fusion band

  14. Cans16
    I'm guessing you didn't want the standard suggestions like Rhye, Adele, Sara Bareilles and the like...

    Give the following artists a listen
    1. Alice Smith - tracks titled - "I Put a Spell on You, Cabaret or She"
    2. Laura Mulva - tracks titled "She, Green Garden, or Diamonds"
    3. Lianne La Havas - tracks titled Au Cinema and Elusive
    4. Vanessa Da Mata - track named Boa Sorta English or Portuguese versions and plenty of others
    5. Bibi Bourelly - track entitled Sally (language)

    I'm not sure I would state each has the same quality as the artists you mentioned but all are great to me.

    I have a few jazz vocalists as well I could share if you are interested....

    Last edited: Jan 24, 2019
  15. christian u
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