Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 31

Thread: Your SQ testing songs?

  1. #1
    c[_]
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Location
    Alberta, Canada
    Posts
    20,447

    Your SQ testing songs?

    Here's what i've been using recently. Yeah, they not all "SQ" songs but to me a good some should evoke an emotional response as well as the "quality" of the sound. Enjoying my new Harman Kardon receiver anyways :p

    Ayreon - Cold Metal
    Black Label Society - Rust
    Black Label Society - Fear
    Black Label Society - Stepping Stone
    Black Sabbath - Scarlet Pimpernel
    Cocteau Twins - Frou-Frou Foxes in Midsummer Fires
    Danzig - Come to Silver
    Danzig - Five Finger Crawl
    Depeche Mode - Dream on (Dave Clarke Acoustic)
    Dream Theater - The Root of all Evil
    Epica - Run for a Fall (Single Version)
    KMFDM - Mercy
    Led Zeppelin - When the Levee Breaks
    Led Zeppelin - No Quarter
    Metallica - The House Jack Built
    Puscifer - The Humbling River
    The Crystal Method - I Know its You
    The Smashing Pumpkins - Shame
    The Tragically Hip - Put it Off
    Heatware || 01.01.08; AND 111.2%

    Dead Z7S-WS? Click!. || XS Z7S-WS Thread || Current Dead Asus Z7S-WS count: 26+ ($15,000 in dead motherboards).
    All along the watchtower the watchmen watch the eternal return.
    Want to use my Anti-asus logo? Go ahead, but use this link please!: http://i853.photobucket.com/albums/a...sus/noasus.gif
    Bring back the game. http://reclaimyourgame.com/. EA are mean.

  2. #2
    Xtreme Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Orelia
    Posts
    316
    Sorry about the lack of alphabetical sorting but here goes, my reference of essential SQ songs -

    Dolores O'Riordan - Apple of My Eye
    Dire Straits - Sultans of Swing
    Alison Krauss - Stay
    Corrine May - Fly Away
    Eva Cassidy - Fields of Gold
    Mike Oldfield - Portsmouth
    Lydia Gray - Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
    Norah Jones - Back To Manhatten
    Rebecca Pidgeon - Spanish Harlem
    Allan Taylor - Colour To The Moon
    Steve Strauss - Flesh and Blood
    Steve Strauss - Mr. Bones
    Chris Jones - Long After You're Gone
    The Eagles - Hotel California (Live)
    Paul Stephenson - If You Want My Love
    Steve Strauss - The Puppet Opera
    Livingston Taylor - Isn't She Lovely
    Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto - The Girl From Ipanema
    Beck - The Golden Age
    Creedence Clearwater Revival - Cotton Fields
    George Michael - John and Elvis Are Dead
    The XX - Islands
    Chrisy Baron - Ain't No Sunshine
    The Alan Parsons Project - Time
    Juno Reactor - Pistolero (Picture of Man Remix)
    Hybrid - The Formula of Fear (Hybrid Remix) (Hybrid feat. Charlotte James)
    Leonard Cohen - The Future
    Apocalyptica - Nothing Else Matters
    Massive Attack - Angel
    Dire Straits - Tunnel of Love
    Michael Hedges - Jitterboogie
    Kansas - Dust in the Wind
    Steely Dan - Hey Nineteen
    The Police - Roxanne
    U2 - I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
    The Who - The Punk Meets The Godfather
    Emerson, Lake and Palmer - Lucky Man
    Pink Floyd - Grantchester Meadows
    Iron Butterfly - In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida
    Cat Stevens - Wild World
    Supertramp - The Logical Song
    Flim & The BB's - Funhouse
    Johann Pachelbel - Canon in D
    Beethoven - Adagio Cantabile from Sonata Op.13 (Pathetique)
    Rick Wakeman - Sir Gallahad
    Gentle Giant - In A Glass House
    Porcupine Tree - Radioactive Toy
    Primus - Mrs. Blaileen


    A play through of these audiophile quality tracks will show a lot of weaknesses where applicable in relation to quality for many different audio systems.
    Last edited by SabreWulf69; 08-03-2011 at 07:11 PM.

    Add me on Facebook
    -=<#*!! 5OUnD PHr33K !!*#>=-

  3. #3
    ...
    Join Date
    Nov 2001
    Location
    Wichita, KS
    Posts
    5,659
    don't really have a system worth testing, or have in the past so haven't really checked into any.
    i did have a decent stereo system in my ride in the past and found some 'songs' that just put out a tone and it goes through at least a small range.
    nice to see other peoples lists so if by some mistake in the space/time continuum i am able to get a decent lil sound system i can take a look at what other people use and give it a shot.

  4. #4
    ...
    Join Date
    Nov 2001
    Location
    Wichita, KS
    Posts
    5,659
    received a request to sticky and think this could be a useful thread to folk so consider it stuck. ^_^

  5. #5
    I am Xtreme
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Posts
    5,584
    Limp Bizkit - Gold Cobra, Released 2011 - my comment: audio bliss


  6. #6
    Xtreme Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    Brasilia - Brasil
    Posts
    101
    Music with lots of high's and mid's (progressive rock) are always great to test the system !

    Gary numan - Cars
    Rush - YYZ
    Dire Straits Money for nothing
    How to be Xtreme with so little money ?

    2600k@5ghz 16GB 1600 Gskill 8GBRLX GTX 480 SLi Corsair 1200w
    Lsi 9260-8i + 8 1tb Samsung HD103sj on RAID0 (yes im crazy and i have good airflow for those)

  7. #7
    YouTube Addict
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Klaatu barada nikto
    Posts
    18,441
    Warzone 2100 theme song:

    /warzone2100-2.3.8/data/music/track2.ogg

    you can download it and the entire game here:

    http://sourceforge.net/projects/warz...ar.gz/download


    (Since it is all under the GPL now and those that want it for windows and the video sequences: http://www.wz2100.net/download)
    Fast computers breed slow, lazy programmers
    The price of reliability is the pursuit of the utmost simplicity. It is a price which the very rich find most hard to pay.
    http://www.lighterra.com/papers/modernmicroprocessors/
    Modern Ram, makes an old overclocker miss BH-5 and the fun it was

  8. #8
    Xtreme Addict
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Heart of Europe
    Posts
    1,992
    Apocalyptica - Reflections

    Quite a lot of very good songs, pretty high quality CD.

    Nightwish, pretty much everything with Tarja. Good for vocals.
    i7 930 D0 - 4,2 GHz + Megashadow
    3x4GB Crucial 1600MHz CL8
    Foxconn Bloodrage rev. 1.1 - P09
    MSI HAWK N760
    Crucial M500 240GB SSD
    SeaGate ES.2 1TB + 1TB External SeaGate
    Corsair HX 850W (its GOLD man!)
    ASUS STX + Sennheiser HD 555 (tape mod)

    Old-new camera so some new pics will be there.. My Flickr My 500px.com My Tumblr

  9. #9
    Xtreme Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Orelia
    Posts
    316
    Relating to game soundtracks, the Dead Space 2 Soundtrack was made in part with help from THX, so it's not too bad in the quality respect if you can get to listen to it. There is also stuff like general classical music, jazz, and movie soundtracks, say the likes of the 300 Soundtrack (one of my personal favourites), the Gladiator soundtrack, the Lord of the Rings soundtracks, The Star Wars soundtracks, amongst I am sure many others.

    Add me on Facebook
    -=<#*!! 5OUnD PHr33K !!*#>=-

  10. #10
    Xtreme Cruncher
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    791
    Tool - Reflections is a very good song for sound testing.
    Anything with good dynamics will test a speaker system. I like to use heavy metal if possible. Pink floyd is always good.

  11. #11
    Xtreme Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Orelia
    Posts
    316
    Got my hands on the Focal JMlab's 7 & 8 test discs. Pretty neat, and they even have a few mainstream tracks like Godsmack's Straight out of Line, Put Your Hands Up For Detroit by Fede Le Grand, Love is Gone by David Guetta and Smoke on the Water by Deep Purple :-) I also believe Focal's were chosen as part of one of the showrooms for DTS.
    Last edited by SabreWulf69; 09-02-2011 at 11:23 AM.

    Add me on Facebook
    -=<#*!! 5OUnD PHr33K !!*#>=-

  12. #12
    Xtreme Enthusiast
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Canada, BC
    Posts
    595
    Err... Classical Music... especially ones with a good conductor.
    Beethoven symphony no 9 i think
    Piano Solos
    err... The reason for a orchestra is for instrument separation it a good test.
    solos for details. Reference should be a pair of high end headphones as it is cheaper for high fi.
    I prefer to listen on my towers.

  13. #13
    Xtreme Enthusiast
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Canada, BC
    Posts
    595
    oops double post

  14. #14
    Xtreme Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Orelia
    Posts
    316
    Heehee got myself a copy of Toto's IV album on 12" LP, also got a copy of Dire Straits self-titled album and Supertramp's Breakfast in America album on vinyl also coming in soon. Should be some good quality yet enjoyable listening :-) Classical and jazz is also good for testing imaging and spectral balance too :-)

    Another song that has been well recorded that I have been listening to quite a lot lately is Anesthetize by Porcupine Tree. Excellent track.
    Last edited by SabreWulf69; 10-01-2011 at 03:58 PM.

    Add me on Facebook
    -=<#*!! 5OUnD PHr33K !!*#>=-

  15. #15
    I am Xtreme
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    Little Rock
    Posts
    7,206
    Dire Straits - Money For Nothing
    Kansas - Dust in the Wind
    Steely Dan - Hey Nineteen
    The Police - Every Breath You Take/Sting
    Hotel California
    Pink Floyd - Time & Money
    The Carpenters - Superstar http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJmma...feature=fvwrel
    Mother's Finest - Burning Love
    Patsy Cline - I Fall To Pieces (Original Stereo) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AcWZV...eature=related
    Elton John - Blessed, Nikita, and Rocket Man from the SACD or 24bit/96KHz DVD-A
    Fun Lovin' Criminals - Everything Under The Stars
    The whole "Heavy Metal #1 Sound Track" http://www.amazon.com/Heavy-Metal-So...6675532&sr=8-2
    Alan Parsons - The Gold Bug
    Alan Parsons - 24bit/96KHz "I Robot" and "I Wouldn't Want To Be Like You"
    Bread - Most of the Recordings although not that crazy about the music.
    The Goo Goo Dolls - Iris
    Paula Cole - Feelin' love
    Sarah McLachlan -Angel
    Quote Originally Posted by Movieman
    With the two approaches to "how" to design a processor WE are the lucky ones as we get to choose what is important to us as individuals.
    For that we should thank BOTH (AMD and Intel) companies!


    Posted by duploxxx
    I am sure JF is relaxed and smiling these days with there intended launch schedule. SNB Xeon servers on the other hand....
    Posted by gallag
    there yo go bringing intel into a amd thread again lol, if that was someone droping a dig at amd you would be crying like a girl.
    qft!

  16. #16
    Xtremely Hot Sauce
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    New York
    Posts
    3,586
    Amilia K. Spicer -- Like an Engine
    Bad Company -- Bad Company
    The Civil Wars -- Poison & Wine
    Dire Straits -- Communique
    Cowboy Junkies -- The Trinity Session
    John Gorka -- Writing in the Margins
    King Crimson -- Starless & Bible Black
    Lissie -- Why You Runnin'
    Mark Knopfler -- Shargri-La
    Mark Knopfler -- Get Lucky
    Pink Floyd -- Dark Side of the Moon (MFSL)
    Pink Floyd -- Wish You Were Here (CBS Japan)

    My toys:
    Asus Sabertooth X58 | Core i7-950 (D0) | CM Hyper 212+ | G.Skill Sniper LV 12GB DDR3-1600 CL9 | GeForce GTX 670-2048MB | OCZ Agility 4 512GB, WD Raptor 150GB x 3 (RAID0), WD Black 1TB x 2 (RAID0) | XFX 650W CAH9 | Lian-Li PC-9F | Win 7 Pro x86-64
    Gigabyte EX58-UD3R | Core i7-920 (D0) | Stock HSF | G.Skill Sniper LV 4GB DDR3-1600 CL9 | Radeon HD 2600 Pro 512MB | WD Caviar 80GB IDE, 4TB x 2 (RAID5) | Corsair TX750 | XClio 188AF | Win 7 Pro x86-64
    Dell Dimension 8400 | Pentium 4 530 HT (E0) | Stock HSF | 1.5GB DDR2-400 CL3 | GeForce 8800 GT 256MB | WD Caviar 160GB SATA | Stock PSU | (Broken) Stock Case | Win Vista HP x86
    Little Dot DAC_I | Little Dot MK IV | Beyerdynamic DT-880 Premium (600 Ω) | TEAC AG-H300 MkIII | Polk Audio Monitor 5 Series 2's

  17. #17
    I am Xtreme
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    Little Rock
    Posts
    7,206
    Tubular Bells Part 3 -- Mike Oldfield 24bit/96kHz
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MaygI...eature=related
    Piano In The Dark -- Brenda Russell
    Quote Originally Posted by Movieman
    With the two approaches to "how" to design a processor WE are the lucky ones as we get to choose what is important to us as individuals.
    For that we should thank BOTH (AMD and Intel) companies!


    Posted by duploxxx
    I am sure JF is relaxed and smiling these days with there intended launch schedule. SNB Xeon servers on the other hand....
    Posted by gallag
    there yo go bringing intel into a amd thread again lol, if that was someone droping a dig at amd you would be crying like a girl.
    qft!

  18. #18
    Xtreme Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Orelia
    Posts
    316
    Sigur Ro's - Fjogur piano
    The entire 'Silence' album by Monolake
    Toto - I Will Remember
    Enigma - Return to Innocence (Long & Alive Version)
    The entire 'Three LP's' album by Shackleton

    Add me on Facebook
    -=<#*!! 5OUnD PHr33K !!*#>=-

  19. #19
    Banned
    Join Date
    Dec 2002
    Location
    it has not yet verified.......
    Posts
    2,034
    Great thread. Could someone kindly zip all that songs (songs that you have) and put it out on the web for download? I would appreciate it a ton.


    cheez

  20. #20
    Xtreme Enthusiast
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Chicagoland U.S.A.
    Posts
    503
    A fresh pressing of the Beatles white album ( album as in vinyl record ) is always a winner imo. Any decent record should be favored over other options as it holds more sound (information) than CD,s mp3,s etc.

  21. #21
    c[_]
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Location
    Alberta, Canada
    Posts
    20,447
    Quote Originally Posted by jason str View Post
    A fresh pressing of the Beatles white album ( album as in vinyl record ) is always a winner imo. Any decent record should be favored over other options as it holds more sound (information) than CD,s mp3,s etc.
    They can due to poor mastering techniques or compression algorithms, yes. I'll stick to lossless formats though as vinyl tends to degrade with use..
    Heatware || 01.01.08; AND 111.2%

    Dead Z7S-WS? Click!. || XS Z7S-WS Thread || Current Dead Asus Z7S-WS count: 26+ ($15,000 in dead motherboards).
    All along the watchtower the watchmen watch the eternal return.
    Want to use my Anti-asus logo? Go ahead, but use this link please!: http://i853.photobucket.com/albums/a...sus/noasus.gif
    Bring back the game. http://reclaimyourgame.com/. EA are mean.

  22. #22
    Xtreme Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    NYC
    Posts
    316
    Quote Originally Posted by jason str View Post
    Any decent record should be favored over other options as it holds more sound (information) than CD,s mp3,s etc.
    I'm not sure this is entirely accurate so I have to disagree. Vinyl records with certain dynamic and frequency ranges risk having needles pop out of the grooves and so the two are limited to prevent that. With digital you can get a wider dynamic range (level) and be within the range of human hearing. There's also system noise to deal with and I doubt vinyl is better in that aspect.

    So as much as I like the sound of vinyl I don't think I agree with what you wrote.

    My personal tracks for checking different systems:

    Steely Dan - Gaucho, Aja and Two Against Nature (album)
    James Taylor - Hourglass (album)


    lately also

    Los Lobos - Colossalhead (album)
    Lucinda Williams - Car Wheels On A Gravel Road (album)
    A Tribe Called Quest - any track with decent lowend, like "Phife's Return"
    Busta Rhymes - same deal, low end, like "Ill Vibe" or "Do The Bus a Bus"
    The Yellowjackets - Like A River (album)
    John Scofield - Grace Under Pressure (album)
    The Roots - Do You Want More? (album)
    Win XP Pro x64 / Win 7 x64 / Phenom II / Asus m3a79-t Deluxe / 8x2 GB GSkill and some other stuff.....

  23. #23
    Xtreme Enthusiast
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Chicagoland U.S.A.
    Posts
    503
    Quote Originally Posted by MattiasNYC View Post
    I'm not sure this is entirely accurate so I have to disagree. Vinyl records with certain dynamic and frequency ranges risk having needles pop out of the grooves and so the two are limited to prevent that. With digital you can get a wider dynamic range (level) and be within the range of human hearing. There's also system noise to deal with and I doubt vinyl is better in that aspect.

    So as much as I like the sound of vinyl I don't think I agree with what you wrote.

    My personal tracks for checking different systems:

    Steely Dan - Gaucho, Aja and Two Against Nature (album)
    James Taylor - Hourglass (album)


    lately also

    Los Lobos - Colossalhead (album)
    Lucinda Williams - Car Wheels On A Gravel Road (album)
    A Tribe Called Quest - any track with decent lowend, like "Phife's Return"
    Busta Rhymes - same deal, low end, like "Ill Vibe" or "Do The Bus a Bus"
    The Yellowjackets - Like A River (album)
    John Scofield - Grace Under Pressure (album)
    The Roots - Do You Want More? (album)
    Digital recordings do not pick up all of the sound, only timed snapshots of the recording.

    More detailed explanation. http://electronics.howstuffworks.com/question487.htm

    Only abused records will actually skip a groove though wear and or abuse will cause noise on a vinyl record.

    The difference is very obvious playing a clean album on a good system.

  24. #24
    Xtreme Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    NYC
    Posts
    316
    Quote Originally Posted by jason str View Post
    Digital recordings do not pick up all of the sound, only timed snapshots of the recording.

    More detailed explanation. http://electronics.howstuffworks.com/question487.htm
    YIKES! That article is beyond terrible. I really think you should forget most of what it says. It should then be banned from the internetz.

    Briefly regarding what we're discussing: neither vinyl nor CD or "High-Def" digital will pick up all frequencies. Sample theory is based on a theory that states that any complex waveform can be reduced to a given set of sine waves at different amplitudes at any given point in time. Since what's needed to describe a sine wave are two points (samples) the highest frequency we want to capture is thus sampled twice. At a sample rate of 44.1kHz we are getting "all of the sound" below half of that frequency, minus the filter. That's how sampling works.

    Quote Originally Posted by jason str View Post
    Only abused records will actually skip a groove though wear and or abuse will cause noise on a vinyl record.
    The first thing you wrote is actually the result of what I was saying. Vinyl records have had their signals modified to fit the medium (vinyl records) in order for them to not skip. You don't have to do that for digital. So in essence you can actually capture more with digital within certain ranges.

    As for noise I'm pretty certain a digital signal with all "0"s is quieter than "no sound" on a vinyl LP that's spinning with the needle in a groove.

    Quote Originally Posted by jason str View Post
    The difference is very obvious playing a clean album on a good system.
    It certainly can be. And people will then prefer one over the other for various reasons. I just wanted to clarify that there isn't 'more information of undisputed value' (for lack of a better wording) on vinyl record compared to a CD.
    Win XP Pro x64 / Win 7 x64 / Phenom II / Asus m3a79-t Deluxe / 8x2 GB GSkill and some other stuff.....

  25. #25
    Xtreme Enthusiast
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Chicagoland U.S.A.
    Posts
    503
    I would be more than happy to speak more about the record vs compressed recordings but this is just not the place. Feel free to start another thread if you feel the need is there.

    If you were closer i would invite you over for a listen to both on my main system.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •