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Old 21st March 2018, 08:23 PM   #1
MiFa is offline MiFa  Czech Republic
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Hello guys, I want know, what is the best music for testing tube amplifiers. First of all,I know, that amps are usually tested by sine or square wawe with dummy load and scope, but also sound test is very important.
I prefer piano, guitar songs and drum n bass
What prefer you?
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Old 21st March 2018, 08:55 PM   #2
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Best music for testing tube amplifiers?
Use whatever music you like. I have no test music, mostly rely on test signals and for subjective listening tests I just listen the same material I happen to prefer and am familiar with at that particular moment in time.
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Old 21st March 2018, 09:47 PM   #3
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sound test is very important. I prefer piano, guitar songs and drum n bass
Acoustic jazz, and better classical recordings. A good CD can be better than LPs
for testing bass response.
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Old 22nd March 2018, 04:43 AM   #4
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Here are just a few of the disks I use.

Chasing The Dragon - Mike Valentine A mixed bag of 16 superbly recorded tracks.
Pure Heart - Hiroko Kokubu Light piano jazz on a fine JVC 20 bit K2 super coding recording. The original (shown) is OOP but has been re-released on a JVC XXRCD.
A Girl Meets Bossas Nove 2 - Olivia Ong - A soft but sensuous voice on an HDCD 24 bit recording.
The Lost World - Michael Stearns This has some extreme low frequency bass on "Volcano" that is more felt then heard, assuming one's system can reproduce it.
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Old 23rd March 2018, 07:37 PM   #5
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My favourite album för testing, but most of all for listening is Angelo Branduari's Il Ladro.
It's rather acoustical, often with latin rythms and lots of transients from drums, guitars and other instruments.
Loudness war wasn's near the studio when this album was recorded.

Angelo Branduardi - Il Ladro (CD, Album) at Discogs
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For me both the recording quality and the prominence of some music elements are important.
I found a 24 bit flac-recorded "Audiophile Drum" on Youtube. It is very useful for testing if the bass is firm and precise. At the very end there are three very low bass tones which many amplifiers cannot handle. Also for bass testing, I use new age music with synthesized bass that goes very far down in frequency ("Enigma" and other).
For mid-tone testing I use acoustic (classical) guitar and vocally dominated songs. Sinead O'connor's version of "The House of the Rising Sun" I find very useful and Loreena McKennit's "Greensleeves". I just adore ELP's "The Sage" from "Pictures at an Exhibition" though the recording is old: Greg Lake vocal and acoustic guitar. Agnes Obel's "Riverside" is very suited as well.
Overall, I use church organ music (often Bach) and a few songs with a lot of dynamics like Mara McOldfield and James & FJ's version of "Radioactive".

I know jazz is very suited but I am just not a real "jazz-man".

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