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Old 21st August 2009, 08:23 PM   #301
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Dead Can Dance - Yulunga (Spirit Dance) = the first track from the album INTO THE LABYRINTH, but I always start at ~ 2:25, until then it's not interesting.
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Old 16th April 2010, 12:05 AM   #302
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Default what are your fave tracks for testing your speakers?

recently i have used my normal speaker test material to death, and im looking for opinions from others and their favourite test session tracks, whether they be studio recordings or live, classic or rock, electronica, whatever tickles your fancy!

In this way hopefully together we can form a good list of testing material for those loudspeaker builders amongst us.

Ill start with a few of mine:

Foo Fighters-'skin and bones' -(a live acoustic 'unplugged' type album, studio mastered, with a great audience ambiance)

nirvana-'unplugged in new york' - similar to the above.

bjork-'best of'- great vocals in general, and some really deep synthy bass stuff to test LF extension and flatness in room.

Pearl jam-'lost dogs'- a collection of b-sides, demos that never made albums, and other recordings with a great 'press-record-and-play' rough, natural, band practice feel to some tracks, which i love, warts and all.

So now ive bored you all, please feel free to contribute any material you like to listen to in the process of testing your speakers/amp/etc, surely not evryone on here likes Diana Krall........whoever she is
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Old 16th April 2010, 12:54 AM   #303
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Ummm,
Your post sort of cuts a bunch of responses off at the knees. I wouldn't think those selections are "test" material, but then everyone has their own ideas. You know what the say - "To each his own"...
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Old 16th April 2010, 01:54 AM   #304
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lol well music inspires differences in opinion more than almost anything else, except maybe religion or politics.

the selection of tracks i listed was some of many, which i consider well recorded(albeit studio mixed in conventional manner) and are just some of what i could have posted. in no way was i meant to 'cut any responses off at the knees'. i also have a Bose test CD which sounds very good, which contains various classical, operatic, and brazilian music.

everyones opinions are valid and welcome, i would love to hear what you would use to to listen and consider good for the testing purpose, Bill, even IF i cant stand the music, ALL music has its merits.
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Old 16th April 2010, 02:29 AM   #305
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I like to start with cable music channels as my source- classic country for vocals, 'classic jazz' (vocals, upright double bass, slow sax), folk channel for accoustic guitars, electronica for midbass and dare I say, top forty for synthesized bass and clean studio production. I like to round it off with some vinyl: Thriller, Beastie boys, and finally Boomtown Rats Fine Art of Surfacing. Very few builds pass my Boomtown Rats testing- probably too many years of listening to them on my Klipshe Choruses.

The irony is that i now seldom listen to the klipshes. The conflict is most of my builds involve smaller cheap speakers I aquire from MCM so I've set some lofty goals for myself.

My philospy about DIY is simple. Anyone can take a great driver and make it sound great (you throw enough cash at anything....), I like to take an alright budget driver and make it sound good.
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Old 16th April 2010, 02:43 AM   #307
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Tracy Chapman 'One Good Reason' - it's well mixed, but not too complex, so easy to hear the balance of kick drum, cymbals, and everything in between...
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Old 16th April 2010, 03:24 AM   #308
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I like to start with cable music channels as my source- .
i wish I could do that... i think my TV digibox has poor impedance matching with my amplifier, as it always sounds lacklustre and bass light in comparison to a CD.

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Ah high speed dirt...that takes me back. lol (different album i think but i can still hear the words: 'a toute la monde, a toute mes ami, je vous aime, je doit partir')...hehe

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Tracy Chapman 'One Good Reason' - it's well mixed, but not too complex, so easy to hear the balance of kick drum, cymbals, and everything in between...
the GF is bonkers about Tracy chapman, she looked a bit bloke-ish (Tracy not the GF, hehe), but she does have one unique voice. 'Fast car' is a must play on my stereo in heavy listening sessions.
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When the bass kicks in, you're looking at content to 40Hz, with little volume reduction from the studio. Lovely excursion if you happen to like that sort of thing. Put Your Lights On is a good one from that, too.
Apart from that, the Stanley Road album by Paul Weller has some good piano bits in. It's a generally well-done album, if a little compressed.
Sultans of Swing by Dire Straits - listen for the texture of the bass guitar. Few speakers get that right. The rest of the Money for Nothing album is good, particularly Private Investigations. Listen for the size of the room the drums are in.
Radiohead - 15 Step. Bass down at 30Hz if you want it. Plenty of harmonics so lesser stereos can still play it. You should still be able to hear the fundamental though. I cooked some speakers with this one.

That's probably about it.
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Sultans of Swing by Dire Straits - listen for the texture of the bass guitar. ....
Radiohead - 15 Step. Bass down at 30Hz if you want it. Plenty of harmonics so lesser stereos can still play it. You should still be able to hear the fundamental though. I cooked some speakers with this one.
Funny thing that, i grew up hearing Dire Straits and recently got a copy of Sultans of Swing, as it was one of my late fathers fave tunes. I have to say the sound is great. lovely JUST clipped guitar on some of his finger picked notes, you can almost hear the string bouncing of the frets! Drum sound are generally good, with probably the most neutral and uncoloured ride cymbal ive heard in a long time.

Radiohead, well i agree, i have most of their stuff and some really kicks the cr@p out of excursion limits if i play loud, and i agree...you can definitely hear the fundamental
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