from Hsu subwoofer website:
Dr Hsu's Recommended Listening
Deep Bass CDs
Bela Fleck & the Fleckstones, Flight of the Cosmis Hippos
Warner Bros 2656-2:
Track 4 Flight of the Cosmic Hippo has extremely high levels of deep and mid bass.
Bass Outlaws, Illegal Bass
Newtown NTN 2210:
Try track 12, Stereo Bass - Ultra loud bass in the low to sub-20 Hz.
Boston Audio Society
Track 3, an excerpt from Saint Saens Organ Symphony recorded at Jordan Hall, has the cleanest and highest level 16 Hz Dr. Hsu has ever experienced. It also has a bunch of test signals and other nice recordings done by the BAS members. A must buy for any audiophile.
Delta 15 313:
This is the first digital recording made in the United States and again Mr.Fox was on the cutting edge. It was played on the Rafatti Organ at the Walnut Grove Community Church in California. Try track 4: C. Frank s Piece Heroique, sub 20 Hz from 1:30 into track.
Star Tracks II
Try track 2, starting a little over a minute into the track. Sub to mid 20 Hz bass. The buzzy sound on the right channel later on in the track is on the CD and is not a problem with your main speaker or the subwoofer.
Saint-Saens Organ Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Edo de Waart
Phillips 412 619-2:
This CD has deep bass down to 16 Hz on track 2. It is one of Dr. Hsu s regular test discs. The purest deep bass occurs at 9:00 into track 2. Levels here are very low. Abnormally high gain is needed to play this at wall-shaking levels. Remember to turn the volume back down after the movement! The last movement and the Widor piece also have lots of deep bass.
Mussorgsky s Pictures at an Exhibition
Dorian DOR 90117:
Mussorgsky s work is played here by Jean Guillou on the great organ of the Tonhalle, Zurich. It has strong deep bass fundamentals in the 19-20 Hz range, albeit with a generous dose of harmonics. Hence this will sound impressive on systems without ultra-clean deep bass. Tracks 5 and 15 (try 5 minutes into this track) are where the bass is most impressive.
Prokofiev Alexander Nevsky, Cleveland Orchestra and Chorus, Ricardo Chailly, conductor.
London 410 164-2:
This has one of the lowest tuned conventional-sized bass drums around 25 Hz.
Pomp & Pipes!
Reference Recordings RR-58CD:
This CD has sub 20 Hz signals on tracks 4 (3:45) & 9 (6:18), and good, tight drum strokes on track 1, for example. A nice, lively CD with plenty of bass throughout.
Hindemith Organ Works, Peter Huford, organist.
Argo 417 159-2:
Try track 5, at 4:45. The 19 Hz note here is 6 dB louder than the highest level at any other frequency on the entire disc! Start with moderate level settings.
Tom Grant, The View from Here
Try track 3: Hang Time. Good, tight, fairly deep bass.
Respighi: Pini di Roma/Feste Romane/Fontane di Roma, Charles Dutoit, Montreal Symphony
Polygram 410 145-2:
There is an almost pure 22 Hz note on track 4 between 1:22 and 2:29
The Ruffatti Organ in Davies Symphony Hall, Michael Murray
Try track 1 and track 11 (3 min 45 sec into this track). Sub 20 Hz bass.
Mendelssohn Organ Works, Peter Huford organist 11
Argo 414 420-2:
Very, very loud 19 Hz on track 8. Proceed with caution when playing this disc! Start at moderate levels and gradually increase the volume until you reach your system s limit.
BMG C 143249
This is New Age music soothing, ethereal, spacious sound with plenty of low bass (20s to low 30s). Try track 10 ( longships ). Also reissued in 1989 with same numbers but including Storms In Africa (Part II).
Reference Recording RR-S3CD:
Excellent for testing bass tightness the drum strokes on track 1 and three should be extremely tight and gut shaking with no hangover.
The Sheffield Drum & Track Record
Sheffield Lab CD-14/20:
The Drum Record tracks are excellent for testing bass tightness. Dr. Hsu s favorite is track 5 on this CD.
Thom Rotella Band
About 1 minute into track 12 is a bass guitar solo which is excellent for testing bass transients.
Jennifer Warnes The Hunter
Private Music 01005-82089-2:
Tracks 8 and 9 have very tight and loud mid to low bass
Deep Bass DVDs
This is Dr. Hsu s current favorite demo disc. The starting scene is great, and so is Chapter 19, the creation of the New Earth.
This is also a great demo disc. It has incredibly deep bass in the dream sequences. Defaults to Prologic mode.
One of Dr. Hsu s favorite demo discs. The bass in the starting scene is strong enough to break windows. Make sure you set it to 5.1 mode. In pro-logic mode, it is anemic.
This is a great demonstration disc. Deep bass is very strong through many parts of the movie. Dr. Hsu recommends using chapter 7. Also need to set to 5.1 mode. Defaults to Prologic.
The depth charges scene has plenty of deep bass and mid bass.
Chapter 31 I thought this look like your work has tremendous low frequencies in the 25-30 Hz range, generated by helicopters. With great subwoofers, it should sound like real helicopters hovering in your room. Again needs to be set to 5.1 mode.
Air Force One
This is another good demo piece. Again need to be set to 5.1 mode.
This DVD defaults to 5.1 mode. You get great bass in many of the scenes.
You also get very strong bass on this DVD.
Watch the Mid air collision scene, with a good subwoofer you can feel the air whizzing past you.
Toy Story 2
Watch the opening scene, it is said to be one of the best tests for a subwoofer s ability.