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Songs to show off new speakers?

Changing gears a little bit...

I'm wondering if you all have some favorites / suggestions for stream-able music to pipe through new speakers just to showcase their capabilities. I know the easy answers like "it depends on what you like" and "new speakers won't be broken in yet" and "most streaming music is too compressed", etc.

But putting all that aside, if you were at a friend's house who just picked up some new front speakers, and he asked you to find a few songs from YouTube or Spotify (or elsewhere) to see how the speakers sounded, what would you choose?
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There's a thread here for bass heavy songs, however most of them are great testers IMO. : https://www.avsforum.com/forum/113-su...ation-day.html

However, I love this song for some reason. https://open.spotify.com/track/51ZPtAuqT0V5lNONYZTrxy

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That's deeply disturbing. I guess I didn't need to sleep tonight after all.
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That's deeply disturbing. I guess I didn't need to sleep tonight after all.

My mistake, I thought you were seeking out an extreme test for ones endurance to pain
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Steeley Dan, cousin Dupree
Tom petty, candy
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Seether, fine again.
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If these don't sound good on the new speakers........
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I haven't bought speakers in a long time -- but one song I really liked to play would be 25 or 6 to 4, by Chicago -- the horns are really nice
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Any Steely Dan from Aja on, but I use a lot of Dave Grusin, and I did a review of one of my favorite demo CD's here.

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Any Steely Dan from Aja on, but I use a lot of Dave Grusin, and I did a review of one of my favorite demo CD's here.

Good choice, that's why I included Larry Carlton, the production and musicians are off the chart.
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A favorite of mine for soundstaging has become "Thunder Road" from the Bruce Springsteen live record Hammersmith Odeon London '75. On speakers that image well, when the harmonica enters dead center and then Bruce starts singing, there's a palpable presence on a great system. Pretty fantastic for a 40 year old live rock recording.
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Changing gears a little bit...

I'm wondering if you all have some favorites / suggestions for stream-able music to pipe through new speakers just to showcase their capabilities. I know the easy answers like "it depends on what you like" and "new speakers won't be broken in yet" and "most streaming music is too compressed", etc.

But putting all that aside, if you were at a friend's house who just picked up some new front speakers, and he asked you to find a few songs from YouTube or Spotify (or elsewhere) to see how the speakers sounded, what would you choose?
Topics like these are always near impossible to me. I understand what you are asking but I'm always left with several thousands of artists and songs from several decades to choose from and no real way of narrowing it down to a small list other than to pick some favorite songs which again would number into the thousands so how do you do that?

But so as not to be a total thread party-pooper, I'll give you something. These are semi-random & idiosyncratic off the top of my head and different than the "usual-suspect" obvious artist choices that you tend to get in response (not that there's necessarily anything wrong with those). A few songs I like and might sound cool cranked up on good speakers, though not necessarily clinical exercises in bringing out speaker faults and testing their limits, per se.:

Massive Attack - Live With Me (a band often name-checked for this sort of thing, particularly for their Mezzanine album, though this song isn't on it. Video is worth checking out too but kind of a bummer.)
The Last Shadow Puppets - Standing Next To Me (side project of Alex Turner from Arctic Monkeys, has a retro 60's pop feel to it. Irresistible.)
Goldfrapp - Lovely Head (From their first album and still a fave. Much prefer their evocative material like this to their cheeky-pop stuff.)
The Stooges - Down On The Street (funky swaggering hard rock delivered with a punk glare. Can't help but crank this one.)
PJ Harvey - Send His Love To Me (PJ in her achingly-raspy vocal period with strings and acoustic guitar carrying it along. One of the more accessible songs from a genius album.)
Nick Cave & the Dirty Three - Time Jesum Transeuntum Et Non Rivertentum aka 0 Is Also A Number (Warren Ellis' lyrically quirky violin-playing style just slays me on this one. Wish the song kept going & his violin riff didn't trail off at the end.)
Ladytron - Ambulances (atmospheric synth pop. One of several of theirs I could pick out of a hat)
Dave Stewart @Daryl 's (Hall) House - Heart of Stone (probably not on streaming service but love this live version of Stewart's minor rocking disco-y hit post-Eurythmics.)

More broadly, artists like Air, Aphex Twin, Thievery Corporation, would give speakers a good workout (some of their remix work especially). If subwoofers were part of the equation, some choices might be substituted here. Above all else, choose what you would love to hear the most.

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... and "most streaming music is too compressed", etc.

But putting all that aside, if you were at a friend's house who just picked up some new front speakers, and he asked you to find a few songs from YouTube or Spotify (or elsewhere) to see how the speakers sounded, what would you choose?
Many blind tests have shown that compressed files of 256kbps or better are audibly indistinguishable from lossless, so I wouldn't worry about that.

Bassotronics - Bass, I Love You, if the fronts are used as full-range.

A full orchestra would be your best bet as the instruments would cover the frequency spectrum. However, if you're like me you might not be all that excited by classical music. So here's a few non-classical.

Frankenstein - Edgar Winter
Kascade - Animals As Leaders
Steamer Lane Breakdown - Doobie Brothers
Tool - Mantra
Liquid Tension Experiment - their 1st album
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Miley Cyrus - BB Talk ...just joking LOL (and no, her video isn't work appropriate at all, in fact, all of her recent stuff should be 18+ only)


I like using this song (good luck finding it though):
Madeline MacNeil - Vigils
Holly Cole - I Will Wait for You

Others that are good









^^^ Good for torturing mids (band of 10 people singing loudly with powerful mid-synths.)

For loud bass, definitely this song:






There is too many to list really.

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I look for well mixed & engineered recordings. One of my favorites of all time for demonstrating stereo imaging with varied midrange, treble, instrumentation and vocals is Bruce Springsteen "Tunnel Of Love." While certainly not much there for demonstrating bass, everything else is there but particularly the staging. Of course a lot depends upon the quality of the recording, D-A conversion and playback. I'm playing a regular 16/44 CD through a Sony player (optical feed out) and into my NAD T758 and out to KEF R500 and SVS SB1000.


The friend of mine who stopped in most recently to hear the new equipment remarked that he had heard that song "hundreds of times" but never realized how detailed and well-defined the soundstage could be.
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I realize everyone's taste in music is different and that's good, but some of those posted don't strike me as being particularly good for showing the range of a speaker. Some are just great "bass tests" and those are common for demonstrating subs. I accept that. Others don't seem to demonstrate anything good. That 9-1/2 minutes of Joanna Newsome was over the top, and at least 9 minutes too much of it. Sorry if I offended, I'm calling 'em as I see 'em.
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I realize everyone's taste in music is different and that's good, but some of those posted don't strike me as being particularly good for showing the range of a speaker. Some are just great "bass tests" and those are common for demonstrating subs. I accept that. Others don't seem to demonstrate anything good. That 9-1/2 minutes of Joanna Newsome was over the top, and at least 9 minutes too much of it. Sorry if I offended, I'm calling 'em as I see 'em.
I mean, he did say "demoing speakers". He didn't say which he had. If I had 3-way speakers with a coax driver (compression/midrange) and two 15in. woofers in each cabinet (4 total) one above and below the coax drivers, and each speaker was tri-amped, weighed hundreds of pounds and purchased from an ID company, yeah I would want some bass heavy content to be recommended to me.

Hi-fi content has been recommended as well. So that does show the range of the speaker. BassThatHz basically gave recommendations that cover the entire audible spectrum, and then some ULF.

As you said, some of these song are great bass testers.

You also said you don't see some people demonstrating anything good. A person's taste in music is personal, just like purchasing a pair of speakers. Some will like the sound that a particular speaker reproduces while others will prefer something different. It doesn't mean either speaker is bad, it's just a matter of personal opinion.

So you can't say "calling 'em as I see 'em" because there is no bad music being suggested. Only music you prefer not to listen to. So don't say anything was over the top, too bass heavy, or isn't good for stretching the range of a speaker because none of that is at all true. This isn't your thread. This is for the OP.

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