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Published on October 21st, 2018 | by Alan Cross

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Want to see how good your headphones or speakers are? Put them to this test.

Audiophile nerds (full disclosure: I am one) are always looking for ways to test gear for strengths and weaknesses when it comes to reproducing sound. A site called Inner Fidelity has published some audio that promises to help you evaluated headphones and speakers.

Too many people use the wrong songs (i.e. tracks that are poorly recorded) to make decisions on which equipment to buy. Writer Scott Easlick has collected together what he considers to be the most-demanding songs when it comes to testing audio gear. Bookmark this. Now.

Here is the full tracklisting.

Circlesquare – All Sleepers (prod by Konrad Black)
Massive Attack – Angel
The Knife – Silent Shout
Isolee – Beau Mot Plage
Aphex Twin – Minipops 67 (Source Field Mix)
Skee Mask feat. Jonas Yamer – Fanta Ocean
A$AP Rocky – Hun3rd
Kids See Ghosts – Kids See Ghosts
Atom TM – I Love U (Like I Love My Drum Machine)
Alvo Noto – U_08-1
Air – Don’t Be Light
Daft Punk – Beyond
Perfume Genius – Queen
James Blake – Don’t Miss It
Steve Miller Band – Fly Like an Eagle
Steely Dan – Hey Nineteen
Can – Vitamin C
Kraftwerk – Antenne
Grace Jones – Nightclubbing
Tommy Jones & the Shondells – Cellophane Symphony
Radiohead – Nude
Brian Eno – Bottomliners
Sigur Ros – Staralfur
Max Richter – On the Nature of Daylight
Ella Fitzgerald – Someone to Watch Over Me
Miles Davis and John Lee Hooker – Harry and Dolly
Donald Byrd – Cristo Redentor
Nils Frahm – Fa
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross – Hand Covers Bruise
Boston Acoustics Bass Test
Subwoofer Bass Test
Plastikman – Disconnect
Oneohtrix Point Never – I Only Have Eyes for You
The Field – From Here We Go Sublime
The Flamingos – I Only Have Eyes for You

 

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About the Author

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.


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2 Responses to Want to see how good your headphones or speakers are? Put them to this test.

  1. Will Koltai says:

    Surprised dire straits brothers in arms and tears for fears songs from the big chair aren’t on the audio geek list… They’re on mine!

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