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    Posted: 23 Sep 2019 at 5:56pm
Good afternoon,

As part of my efforts to create a system that satisfies my audio needs, I listened to some long forgotten tracks at the weekend that have reminded me of the SQ qualities that Graham's kit first allowed me to hear.

Bearing in mind that my system is currently headphone based, I am looking to compile a list of songs that will demonstrate the limitations of anything but the best gear, including my HD540ii headphones. I am interested to test every aspect of SQ, from LF power and texture to lifelike HF, large-scale soundstage and especially detailed stereo imaging (binaural recordings can be included here).

To make this more interesting, I thought it would be fun to make this a community effort. Do you have any favourite songs or albums you recommend? If so, please list below and any specific details to listen out for.

Thanks in advance,


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This is a tough one. I would first start with recordings that you know inside and out. That way you know what to listen for. Are you looking for recordings on CD/digital or LP? 
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Originally posted by patientot patientot wrote:

This is a tough one. I would first start with recordings that you know inside and out. That way you know what to listen for. Are you looking for recordings on CD/digital or LP? 
I guess part of the reason to open this to the community is the opportunity to discover more music... Embarrassed

Sadly it would be CD or digital for me as I am not audiophile enough. Wink
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Originally posted by miT miT wrote:

Originally posted by patientot patientot wrote:

This is a tough one. I would first start with recordings that you know inside and out. That way you know what to listen for. Are you looking for recordings on CD/digital or LP? 
I guess part of the reason to open this to the community is the opportunity to discover more music... Embarrassed

Sadly it would be CD or digital for me as I am not audiophile enough. Wink

Nothing wrong with CD or digital audio. I enjoy CDs, LPs, and FLAC files. 

Maybe you could list off some of your typical test tracks or some music you like. The last thing we'd want to do is suggest music that you don't care for or is so outside your genre preferences it's not going to help you. 
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Originally posted by patientot patientot wrote:

Nothing wrong with CD or digital audio. I enjoy CDs, LPs, and FLAC files. 

Maybe you could list off some of your typical test tracks or some music you like. The last thing we'd want to do is suggest music that you don't care for or is so outside your genre preferences it's not going to help you. 
I agree, although the thread I started just now may explain more my statement.

I am yet to hear music that is not a preference as if I like it, I like. The genres range from classical, jazz (preferably the melodic kind rather than the type where everyone is playing a different song Big smile), alternative, Latin, "world", RnB, blues, pop, rock'n'roll, classic rock, rock, metal, dance... You name it, I probably have a folder dedicated to the genre.

Some of my (un)usual test tracks are:

Anouar Brahem - The Lover of Beirut.
Elvis Presley - Song of the Shrimp (no idea why).
Eric Clapton - Signe (from the "Unplugged" album).
Fanboy Slim - Punk to Funk.
Gregory Porter - Hey Laura.
Hans Zimmer - Like a Dog Chasing Cars (wonderfully complex but I am starting to be concerned it is actually heavily distorted).
Jimmy Smith - too many to list.
Massive Attack - Teardrop.
Monty Alexander - Hajj Baba.
Muse - again, far too many.
Rodrigo y Gabriela - Stairway to Heaven.
Russ Liquid - Opus One.
Stevie Wonder - He's Misstra Know it All (sparkly HF).
Tan Dun feat. Yo-Yo Ma - Farewell (very emotive).
The Beatles - And I Love Her.
The Persuasions - Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of.
Within Temptation - Unplugged album plus various studio songs.
Yiruma - River Flows in You.
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That list has been the mainstay for far too long and needs updating, hence needing new options.

I should have added some Pink Floyd and southern rock classics but you get the general idea.
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