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A new pair of headphones is a wonderful thing, especially if they’re well-reviewed and you know they’ll sound great. However, the only ears that matter are yours. How do you go about testing a new pair of headphones to make sure they sound just right?
On excellent audio equipment, you will notice an echo throughout the whole song, not just on the part where Robert Plant sings, “Woman, you need love.” And, if the speakers are set up really correctly, allowing you to position yourself midway between them, essentially forming the peak of an imaginary equilateral triangle, the song’s trippy soundboard sound effect will begin to circle your head, demonstrating the magic of proper channel separation.
The excellent drum beat along with the guitar. Look for this in the very beginning. It should sound crisp. The live audience adds depth to the track. A good speaker will bring realism to this live recording.
Fun – “Some Nights”
Amazing vocals through 0:34. After that, deep kick drum. Listen for the mid to low bass note at 1:13. Great way to check the range of the system. Excellent speakers should be able to keep up with all notesin this track.
This rock track has a nice variety of elements that will test speakers. The beginning vocals should sound nice and crisp. The guitar picking should sound crisp. The guitar should sound crisp and should never get lost on the track. Around the 2:00-minute mark you’ll want to hear the chorus of voices sound clear. What I like about this track is that it tests all levels of the speakers. It’ll go from quiet to a full-blown roar of sound.
This track should sound crisp with the piano, guitar, and Bruce Hornsby’s vocals. The midbass should sound smooth. Towards the end of the track, you should hear some separations of left and right with the instruments.