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post #1 of 8 Old 01-12-2013, 12:39 PM - Thread Starter
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Now that I have my new AVR partially set up, I'd like to test it with music, for differences beween it and the old Pioneer. The difference won't be due to the speakers or amplifier portion, since they're all the same (including the external amp I've relied on). The new processing mode isn't that different from the old mode, either.

I've not found lists related to processors specifically, but I've heard that Pink Floyd songs and "No More Tears" by Ozzy Osbourne (which is one of my rock favorites anyway) are good candidates. I also by accident found that the opening percussion of "Lay Your Hands on Me" by Bon Jovi seems to be a good test, and I believe there are several Sting songs that would work. Any ideas from members here?
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I discovered that "Sunset Grill" by Don Henley is a very good test song. Sure enough, someone else had written about it for speaker testing. I'm surprised at the lack of interest in this topic.
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I like the high quality recording of Mark Knopfler"s "The Ragpickers Dream" album.

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The best music in my opnion to test out on new gear/speakers is music that you actually like and enjoy listening to, ie your favorite artists and tracks.

For me I would grab some Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, David Bowie, Moody Blues and perhaps some Apotygma Berzerk...I wouldn't be caught dead auditioning or testing gear with the likes of Diana Krall or Bon Jovi for that matter (blech!). There are folks that like them, but I aint one of them and do not see the real point in using music I dont listen to to audition or test out new gear or set ups.

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Are you talking about the whole "pre-amp" section?

Would you expect pre-amps to differ much in SQ, esp. given the majority here firmly believe all amps sound the same?

Are you going to use room correction?

Because of widely different personal tastes in music genres and artists, it's rather pointless to solicit specific examples for across the genres. Would you listen to the genre or artists you don't like? I won't. Would it not be more helpful to talk about what attributes of a piece of music that make it a particularly good testing clip? Why would a piece of music be specific for testing pre-amp, not the amp nor speaker?

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Yes, I mean differences between pre-amps. Of course people are going to want to test with songs that they enjoy hearing (and already know well). I think a difference between a test song here and a subwoofer-specific test song is fairly obvious. (Although the nuanced, background bass of "Rio" by Duran Duran should make it best for subwoofer testing.) I'm not sure if there would be other differences between test songs for pre-amps and non-subwoofers. High-quality recording and layered, many-instrument sound probably are two traits common to good test songs, but maybe the Knopfler album works despite presumed guitar-heavy sound. I think songs by big-name crossover artists would be the easiest to recommend (since many people know and like them).

I now have a current radio/music television example of a test song - "Locked Out of Heaven," by Bruno Mars. Publicly likened to The Police musically, but using the latest recording technology.
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Please try this song.

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Are you talking about the whole "pre-amp" section?

(1) Would you expect pre-amps to differ much in SQ, esp. given the majority here firmly believe all amps sound the same?

Are you going to use room correction?

Because of widely different personal tastes in music genres and artists, it's rather pointless to solicit specific examples for across the genres. Would you listen to the genre or artists you don't like? I won't. Would it not be more helpful to talk about what attributes of a piece of music that make it a particularly good testing clip? (2) Why would a piece of music be specific for testing pre-amp, not the amp nor speaker?

(1) I believe that Pre amps and AVR processors vary in sound. This is not the same as saying all amps vary in sound.

(2) because pre amps and speakers have different sounds.
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