Music to test speakers

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Re: Music to test speakers
« Reply #40 on: 12 Jun 2021, 05:54 pm »
If you want to hear how a speaker does with large orchestral forces and very large vocal forces, check out this latest Mahler 8:


Re: Music to test speakers
« Reply #41 on: 12 Jun 2021, 09:17 pm »

Chesky Ultimate Demonstration album is available on Apple Music.

Doesn’t display the ‘lossless’ logo though.


Re: Music to test speakers
« Reply #42 on: 12 Jun 2021, 09:34 pm »
Ani DiFranco - Revolutionary Love

I have always liked Ani's music, Revolutionary Love is especially nice. The album flows along with no jarring songs to interrupt the mood during it's 56 minutes. Ani has always been political so you can listen to the music or the lyrics and get pleasure from both.

“It’s about carrying the energy of love and compassion into the center of our social movements and making it the driving force,” DiFranco said of the new album. “It’s about finding it within ourselves to stay curious about our opponents instead of shutting down.”

Revolutionary Love will make love to your speakers too. The album sounds very analog with a natural clarity, it has very deep bass and drums that is balanced out with an organic midrange and treble. The first track has a distant triangle in the left speaker throughout the entire song, it should be clear and faint. The triangle also shows up in other tracks too. Listening via my old Logitech THX computer desktop stereo to the the first track "Revolutionary Love" (Official Audio) on YouTube the triangle is non-existent. The album is a good test of your stereo's resolution although not necessarily via YouTube.

Revolutionary Love is receiving 5 star reviews everywhere


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Re: Music to test speakers
« Reply #43 on: 30 Sep 2021, 12:23 pm »
Here are my test tracks:

Boz Scaggs
- "Thanks to you" from the Dig album
- Amazing dynamic range and a good clean deep bass test

Diana Krall
- "Peel me a grape" from Love Scenes
- Listen for the Popping cork. It should be crisp and in the room with you. Diana always has great quality recordings. A favourite reference track.

- The remix of Gatekeep (Let it Die) from Café Méliès, vol. 3
- Hand claps aren't always easy to reproduce and and combined with a strong bass line and what sounds like a triangle there's lot's going. Everything should be clearly distinct.

Ennio Morricone
- "Ava Maria Guarani" from The Mission soundtrack
- An escalating choral presentation that can sound really good or really bad depending on the system

Jean-Claude Kerinec
- "Samba' from Mamba Percussions vol. 1
- See if the speaker's drivers can keep up!