First song you play on new gear?

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  1. LetMeBeFrank

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    What is the first song you play after an upgrade or after acquiring something new? Do you play a song you love, or a song you know will show any flaws? Do you pick something different every time? I usually play Rush or Led zeppelin, but I don't go through enough gear to have an exact routine.

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    I always play some metal and psychedelic prog rock. I ask myself If It can't play the drums, el. guitar harmonics and vocals well, then what Can It play? Pink Floyd (fan of PF for past 3-4 years), Tool, QOTSA, classical and movie soundtracks. I used to listen to some jazz, not so much lately.
     
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    I play Move On Up by Curtis Mayfield. It has great dynamics, uses full spectrum of sound range, decent imaging/soundstage and uses many different instruments. Playing it immediately tells me how a piece of equipment sounds.
     
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    I know it is an audiophile meme, but Hotel California from Hell Freezes Over, is a go to test song for me. I also do Daft Punk's Fragments of Time, Norah Jones's Broken, Techmaster PEB's Computer Love, and any number of classical pieces depending on how I am feeling at the time. The Midnight's Gloria is moving up the lists too. Primarily, I go to these songs because I have listened to them thousands of times and still enjoy them.
     
  5. LetMeBeFrank

    LetMeBeFrank Won't tell anyone my name is actually Francis

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    That's funny, I love that version of the song. I've read about it being overplayed at audio expos but I've never been to one so it doesn't have any effect on me.
     
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    John Williams - Main Title - The Empire Strikes Back.

    Not a joke.
     
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    The Girl in the Other Room by Diana Krall and followed up with Redundant by Green Day. Covers the bases for me.
     
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    Great thread idea...

    Hotel California from HFO was a go to for me for a long time. When it comes to my HT / 2 channel room I am really fond of Planet Earth from the A Diamond in the Mind blu-ray. John Taylor's bass "solo" during the bridge CAN sound amazing.
     
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    Orion by Metallica. I’ve been using it as my opening track for a new system since high school. After that I go through a play list.
     
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    I usually play the entirety of Chris Whitley's Din of Ecstasy, but this one usually tells me what I need to know:

     
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    I'm a big Andrea Bocelli fan, and this is both a song I love and a song that gives me a good idea of where male vocals are in the stage. A good test of timbre (lots of piano, violin) and tonality: the song should sound balanced when the percussion and bass notes come on, and should have good rhythm and flow.
     
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    Stacey Kent - The Best is yet to come (clarity and timbre), Bruce Hornsby and the Range - On the Western Skyline (sibilance), Massive Attack - Angel (bass).
     
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    @LetMeBeFrank can't believe this song wasn't on your list.
    Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention - Inca Roads
    I think the mastering is great on this song, and has a nice variety of sounds for gear testing. Well layered vocal harmonies, crisp drum transients, synth pad sweeps, bells, and keys, plus a bitchin' guitar solo.
     
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    You can go for deep bass and layering immediately. Such a Massive Attack...



    Or you can go for overall sound with all kinds of transitions and layers before ending up in Dire Straits.



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    These two tracks alone are usually the first options for me. "Money For Nothing" would destroy a stock HD800 with that terrible treble peak. "Angel" rattles many bad headphone drivers like boxers without footwork, the first 30 seconds will do for a knock-down.
     
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    @Deep Funk

    That's funny, I wrote up my response below at the same time as you did yours and without seeing it :p

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    I think you can use almost anything as long as you're intimately familiar with the material. I do however think that songs with a big dynamic range (and frequency range) will tell you more about equipment than something which just is vocals and a guitar in the 1-4kHz range.

    And of course you'll want to use high-quality material too to discard the possibility of your specific recording introducing any kind of distortions or veil into the listener experience.

    It's probably a cliche but I keep coming back to Money for Nothing as a good way to say check out equipment. But you'll want cd/flac/dsd or something similar. Nothing on youtube gives you the full experience really.



    Then I typically want to check out something with really deep bass and very demanding separation and decay. Cue Massive Attack Paradise Circus. Again.. youtube is only a guide and won't give you the full experience.



    Then I probably want to check that female vocals can maintain their upper mid-range "air" and magic since that is pretty important to me. Maybe I'll play something with London Grammar.



    I use more songs but this is the general idea more or less to quickly grasp a piece of equipment. I should probably incorporate something classical into it, maybe that some of that Bruckner Muse Wanderer keeps talking about. Or Mahler..
     
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    Vocalists like James Brown, Florence Welch and Kate Bush really test the frequency range. The human voice truly is a unique instrument.

     
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    Qobuz playlist The Greatest Guitar Solos is good and I play Hotel California and Aerosmith Walk this way.
    But the first is Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ from Bach Orgelbuchlein. if I can hear clearly all three voices of this fugue than I continue listening, otherwise I am not interested.
     
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    I will add some songs which I know are regularly used by many when testing equipment, not exactly my cup of tea but I think they're popular for a reason.







    (Not sure if you intended this to be a "test tracks" thread or simply "what do you rock out to on new gear". Feel free to ignore this post if test tracks wasn't the point of this thread.)
     
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    Lately this has been my go-to to queue up right away. I like it for its spatial queues and playment, sense of space, liquidity, reverb length/air and bass. Heart of Drum is right after which I play for maybe 30secs to get some further ideas on bass control.



    Varies a lot after that. Awhile ago I had a Test Playlist setup on Roon but can't seem to recover it. Diana Krall's Case of You is another one I like. It can sound lifeless or boring, or get you right in the feels.
     
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