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Hifi Test Tracks
« on: May 24, 2018, 08:49:37 am »
https://www.whathifi.com/promoted/your-20-favourite-hi-fi-test-tracks

Seems some MK fans hijacked this poll!

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Re: Hifi Test Tracks
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2018, 10:17:27 am »
amazing. and true. strange BIA was not in there.
any Knopfler, Floyd or Dylan will do....

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Re: Hifi Test Tracks
« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2018, 12:28:19 pm »
Used to get What Hi-Fi every month many years ago so I can vouch for their readers taste in music.  ;)
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Re: Hifi Test Tracks
« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2018, 06:44:26 pm »
Whenever I set up a new piece of AV equipment, speakers, TV, turntable, amp etc I ALWAYS test with MfN.

A while back I heard a pro sound engineer on the radio saying that it is commonly used in their community as it has a great mix of treble/bass/whatever.
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Re: Hifi Test Tracks
« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2018, 08:54:29 pm »
Whenever I set up a new piece of AV equipment, speakers, TV, turntable, amp etc I ALWAYS test with MfN.

A while back I heard a pro sound engineer on the radio saying that it is commonly used in their community as it has a great mix of treble/bass/whatever.

Interesting.  I seem to recall taking a copy of Making Movies into Hi-Fi Corner in Rose Street to test out an amp/speaker combo in the '90s.  Still have them to this day!

Edit:  It might have been OES.  Such a long time ago.
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Re: Hifi Test Tracks
« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2018, 09:21:10 am »
Dark side has been for years the reference for testing Hi Fi turntables equipments

BIA was more a reference for CD players

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Re: Hifi Test Tracks
« Reply #6 on: May 25, 2018, 09:55:48 am »
I recall being struck by just how 'nice' the acoustic guitar of Privateering sounded on my system, great to see it on the list.
As a test track i've used Roy Obrisons rerecording of In Dreams to try out different speakers - its like the opposite of MFN, lush and orchestral but still has a proper spectrum of frequencies to judge.
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Re: Hifi Test Tracks
« Reply #7 on: May 25, 2018, 11:45:50 am »
I like to test HI-FI equipment with local hero soundtrack.

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Re: Hifi Test Tracks
« Reply #8 on: May 25, 2018, 08:14:43 pm »
Take in a bootleg and watch the look of horror on the shop assistant's face as he tries to explain his equipment is still good! :lol
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Re: Hifi Test Tracks
« Reply #9 on: May 25, 2018, 09:32:10 pm »
Take in a bootleg and watch the look of horror on the shop assistant's face as he tries to explain his equipment is still good! :lol
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Re: Hifi Test Tracks
« Reply #10 on: May 27, 2018, 08:06:47 pm »
Some odd choices for DS songs, though PI and TR are good test tracks. Usually I would also use some of the following songs to test hifi equiptment: Ride across the river, Planet of New Orleans, 5.15 am, Back to Tupelo, Our Shangri-la, So far from the Clyde.

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Re: Hifi Test Tracks
« Reply #11 on: December 18, 2018, 05:51:49 pm »
It is very odd that there are no Pink Floyd tracks, since this seems to be solely, a rock repertoire. Because if the range of music was wider, surely classical and jazz records make a better hi fi test tracks. Or are they confined for hi end systems? I remember some time ago a sound aficionado I knew (you can tell them by the size of their record collection and the price of their sound system - very small, very high respectively) told me that hi fi dealerships prefer to play CDs or Vinyl that are recorded to sound amazing, like the Three Blind Mice recordings, or some classical music like Mussorgsky, from Decca. I happened to come across them, and even cheap systems sound pretty amazing when you play these recordings through them! I guess it is like putting sawdust at a broken down gearbox... 
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Re: Hifi Test Tracks
« Reply #12 on: December 18, 2018, 06:15:18 pm »
It is very odd that there are no Pink Floyd tracks, since this seems to be solely, a rock repertoire. Because if the range of music was wider, surely classical and jazz records make a better hi fi test tracks. Or are they confined for hi end systems? I remember some time ago a sound aficionado I knew (you can tell them by the size of their record collection and the price of their sound system - very small, very high respectively) told me that hi fi dealerships prefer to play CDs or Vinyl that are recorded to sound amazing, like the Three Blind Mice recordings, or some classical music like Mussorgsky, from Decca. I happened to come across them, and even cheap systems sound pretty amazing when you play these recordings through them! I guess it is like putting sawdust at a work out gearbox...

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Re: Hifi Test Tracks
« Reply #13 on: December 18, 2018, 06:26:07 pm »
Thanks dmg!  :wave  It is so good to see there is stability in this part of life, even while I am not around!
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Re: Hifi Test Tracks
« Reply #14 on: December 18, 2018, 07:55:54 pm »
There is so much music to enjoy. To me, the music comes first - and then the recording matters.
Let's start with some of the old jazz heroes.
Miles Davis
Wes Montgomery
Kenny Burrell
Charles Mingus
Chet Baker
John Coltrane

It's only the tip of the iceberg. And I didn't even mention Howlin' Wolf, JL Hooker, etc.
Then I'd like to recommend some Scandinavian singers like Sinne Eeg, Inger Marie Gundersson, Silje Neergard, etc., when it comes to recent quality recordings.
There are also Asian artists to consider, try Jhenna Lodwick, Kojima Mayumi, Susan Wong, for example.

I'm a bit of a metalhead, to be honest. The first "Rage Against The Machine" sounds really huge. And so do some tracks of "Opeth".
I just realised, that I did not even mention Classical Music now.

Enjoy the ride and be curious! There is so much to explore! :wave


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