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As much as I wish, this thread isn't about making a skin flick. Today I made the mistake of joining Head-FI. One thing lead to another and my textbook trade-in credits at Amazon are burning a hole. I found a nearby Head-FI member gathering/audition session this coming month and figured it a good opportunity to dive head first into the audio equipment world.

I am explicitly interested in closed ear circumaurals and have narrowed down a few prospects based on reviews, but I want to see, feel, and hear my options before pulling the trigger. My sources are high bit-rate MP3s, and FLACs played from my laptop and iPod Nano. I'm considering hopping on a SanDisk Sansa Clip to listen to FLACs while on-the-go.

Onto the purpose of this thread, I've composed a short list of songs that I'm very familiar with that I would like to play when auditioning these headphones. I have a very broad taste in music and tried to select songs that reflected this. Variety in production style, instrument usage, and sound spectrum were also major considerations in these selections. In no particular order, here are the candidates.

Acoustic:
Cadence and Cascade by King Krimson

Classical:
Pruit Igoe by Philip Glass

Classic Rock:
Any Colour You Like by Pink Floyd

Contemporary Rock:
What Happened by Sublime

Electronic - Breaks
Setting Sun - The Chemical Brothers

Electronic - Trance
Walhalla by Gouryella

Electronic - Psytrance
Prehistoric Goa Mood by Infected Mushroom

My question to you audio fans: do you think this is a broad enough range that would exorcize the full spectrum of a headphones' capabilities? If not, can you please make recommendations?

Thank you very much for your time! cheers.gif
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Those are some pretty good choices. Here are a few songs that I like to use to test stuff with. The important thing is finding as high-quality of a rip as possible. CD, if you can.

The Chemical Brothers - Pioneer Skies. This song really allows you to hear the crispness of the high end, and how well your headphones can "multi-task". Towards the middle there is a breakdown with a synth that's pushed to the background, and some cool effects placed on top. That part is also great for testing the stereo field.

The Mountain Goats - Outer Scorpian Squadron. This song was recorded beautifully, and it's a good one for testing how your headphones will sound playing calmer music.

Snow Patrol - Run (Live at the Union Chapel). This is a great one for testing out how live recordings sound. Recorded in a chapel (as the title suggests), the reverberation draws you in, and the subtle nuances are good for testing dynamics.

Skrillex - Summit (featuring Ellie Goulding). This song is fantastic for determining how well your headphones can produce a full-range sound. Deep basses, and crisp high synths are the keys here.

Animals As Leaders - An Infinite Regression. The two guitarists in this band both use 8 string guitars. Therefore, they are able to achieve some pretty grungy - but ultimately very smooth - bass tones. It's a great way to test the lower midrange.

I'm writing this while at work, so these are just a few off the top of my head. If you'd like more suggestions, I'd be glad to enlighten you when I get home. biggrin.gif

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Your reasons for choosing each song and brought up some valid points that I missed. I didn't consider live recordings at all, but that would be a great test for location and staging. Your mention of testing the nuances of each range (ex: lower midrange) was a great point as well. I'll be carefully reviewing my selections and burn to a CD for the meet. I wish I didn't have to wait several weeks... biggrin.gif

Thanks again man! thumb.gif
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I don't see any decent vocals in your list - which would be easier to use to asses equipment quality.
Here are 3 of my favs on youtube - you have to use the DVD to make some sense, though!!!

Celine Dion - Pour Que Tu M'aimes Encore: stage, voice control.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CttF4YjBraI

Andrea Boccelli - Besame Mucho: depth
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-c-S9fMZE7w

Diana Krall - Temptation - feeling
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vdzagbs7T2k&feature=related - that particular DVD, "The Girl In The Other Room"

No voice, just stage etc:
Mr. & Mrs. Smith ~ Original Sound Track ~ Assassin's Tango
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KGvDnn8xwQ
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I'll second anything Diana Krall. She has a fantastic voice.
    
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Mine is more mainstream but still works:

Time by Pink Floyd
for highs and soundstage

Rolling in the Deep-Adele
highs and vocals

We as americans- eminem
hip hop and rap test, good strong bass and vocals

Just lose it-eminem
strong vocals, bass, and great highs

a milli- lil wayne
bass test

Used to give a FK-Unknown Shapes
bass and sub bass test

Oh-Dave MAtthews
soundstage and clarity and vocals test

A hymn for tomorrow-alan
just a song i really enjoy, clear, great vocals, and higher than adele highs

my soul, your beats-lia
anime soundtrack test

Just songs i know really well so i listen to as well:

Black and Yellow-Wiz khalifa
i've listend to this song enough to know it like the back of my hand


Diary of Jane-breaking benjamin
rock test

In the end-linkin park
a song i know well, rock test also


All these i have are CD ripped in ALAC(except used to give a FK) i use more...almost everything i listen to, but these are some good ones.

http://www.head-fi.org/u/177424/bowei006

my profile on head fi- Headphoneus Supremus
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I use these CD's when want to test headphones:

The XX - XX: very clean and clear tunes
Amadou & Mariam - Welcome to Mali: great vocals and some nice bass
Linkin Park - A Thousand suns: sound stage
The Piano guys: love to hear the clarity of the piano
Enya - Orinoco flow
Kitaro - Matsuri - check out the live version on youtube

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As much as I wish, this thread isn't about making a skin flick. Today I made the mistake of joining Head-FI. One thing lead to another and my textbook trade-in credits at Amazon are burning a hole. I found a nearby Head-FI member gathering/audition session this coming month and figured it a good opportunity to dive head first into the audio equipment world.
I am explicitly interested in closed ear circumaurals and have narrowed down a few prospects based on reviews, but I want to see, feel, and hear my options before pulling the trigger. My sources are high bit-rate MP3s, and FLACs played from my laptop and iPod Nano. I'm considering hopping on a SanDisk Sansa Clip to listen to FLACs while on-the-go.
Onto the purpose of this thread, I've composed a short list of songs that I'm very familiar with that I would like to play when auditioning these headphones. I have a very broad taste in music and tried to select songs that reflected this. Variety in production style, instrument usage, and sound spectrum were also major considerations in these selections. In no particular order, here are the candidates.
Acoustic:
Cadence and Cascade by King Krimson
Classical:
Pruit Igoe by Philip Glass
Classic Rock:
Any Colour You Like by Pink Floyd
Contemporary Rock:
What Happened by Sublime
Electronic - Breaks
Setting Sun - The Chemical Brothers
Electronic - Trance
Walhalla by Gouryella
Electronic - Psytrance
Prehistoric Goa Mood by Infected Mushroom
My question to you audio fans: do you think this is a broad enough range that would exorcize the full spectrum of a headphones' capabilities? If not, can you please make recommendations?
Thank you very much for your time! cheers.gif

Just stopping by, but Walhalla is an amazing track! thumb.gif The B-Side is pretty good, too!
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