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This has always been a curiosity of mine - what songs/pieces of music people listen to for reference when they've just purchased a new piece of hardware?

I personally listen to dream theatre - change of seasons (or other DT stuff...I just feel they have a great level of depth and great mastering), chris rea - road to hell (have listened to it so many times I'm always intrigued how different setups interpret his voice) + a bit of metal such as all that remains, and a bit of classical (particularly operatic pieces such as Puccini)

edit: yes I know you should listen to music you're intimitely familiar with for the best comparison...the question I'm asking is what that music is any why
Edited by fluxlite - 4/11/11 at 1:58pm
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And in the opposite direction, Funky Monks from the Red Hot Chili Peppers will expose strengths and weaknesses.
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Paloma Faith,

Really, I just choose something from my library and listen.
    
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Whatever you're familiar with, so you know what to listen for. Especially if you're doing a side-by-side comparison.
    
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I like to test with Hotel California by Eagles. The live version from Hell Freezes Over that is.
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Whatever you're familiar with, so you know what to listen for.
this..
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Anything by Queen. They have great range to get a feel for highs mids and lows, and Freddie throws so many vocal harmonies that I judge how well I can differentiate. My favorite song of all time is Locomotive by Guns N' Roses, and if I can differentiate every vocal track in the outro, then I am impressed.
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gwaan so by vybz kartel and a milli by lil wayne for testing bass.
(makes subwoofers inhale kitties)
machiene gun by noisia remixed by 16 bit for general testing tho
    
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gwaan so by vybz kartel and a milli by lil wayne for testing bass.
(makes subwoofers inhale kitties)
machiene gun by noisia remixed by 16 bit for general testing tho
Hmm, I'm not a fan of "in your face bass" so I don't think these would suit me

But if bass is your thing, then fair play.
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Whatever you're familiar with, so you know what to listen for. Especially if you're doing a side-by-side comparison.
This. I've got a low-budget 5.1, but it's still way better than, say, laptop speakers. When I hear music I know well, I'll notice differences, missing details, new details. When listening to music I don't know, I can only really go by how crisp and clear the sound is and how much bass the speakers have.
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