Originally Posted by bluewizard
I'm not standing on the side of a mountain with Stone Tablets in my hands. You can do anything you want. I simply gave my opinion of what would work best for auditioning audio equipment and revealing the system. And I stand by what I said. But my word is not law.
Awww, well thanks for the permission
. Alas, I would say picking complex tracks with lots of material (which tend to be measurably less dynamic for "some reason") better "reveal the system" than music that is trivial (e.g., acoustic stuff, IMO). People often pick speakers that add "richness" because a certain genre they enjoy "sounds better" to them under those conditions. However, those speakers often fall apart playing back highly complex music because all their "warmth" combats the wealth of information in the "less dynamic" recording. Then they whine it sounds like crap and blame it on the music and its dynamic range. Meanwhile, I'll enjoy it like crazy and can switch to classical or jazz and have just as big a smile on my face.
Which is to say, IMO, audition a large variety of music you enjoy because if you stick to tracks that are "technically marvelous" then most speakers will sound pretty good. But, put on something that "requires" a nice neutral speaker and you may quickly become one of the complainers. Unfortunately, you'll be complaining that the content is the problem and, after purchasing what is likely to be my last ever pair of speakers, I haven't found anything yet I think they make sound bad. This includes "highly compressed pop music" which, in fact, often excels at having tons of awesome details, clarity, and (likely artificial) sound-stage / imaging effects. That is, if your speakers aren't too busy getting in the way with their own "signature sound".
Originally Posted by s2000
*snip* I like imagine dragons for instance and Demons can be a tough listen on a detailed speaker. *snip*
What do you find "tough" about the listen? I haven't put this album on for a while, but I'm all game to cue it up on Tidal tonight.