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What is a good song to test my stereo?

Asked by wilhel1812 (2872points) September 14th, 2008

I wanna see what my stereo is good for. Any recommendations? I need to not only test the bass, but the mid tones and stuff aswell. The ones i’ve found really just test the bass.

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poofandmook's avatar

“Cleanin’ Out My Closet” by Eminem is good to test the bass and the treble at the same time… during the choruses where the sample of Dido is singing over the bassline of the song… that’s what I use in my car every time someone messes with the bass and treble on my car stereo lol.

You can probably get a good ratio of bass/midtones if you use Apocalyptica… it’s four cellos who generally do covers of heavy metal songs… lots of Metallica. There’s a pretty decent range there, I think… to see what chops your stereo has.

iJimmy's avatar

The whole album: Dark Side of the Moon.

steelmarket's avatar

1812 Overture. Pick a version where they use real cannons for the last movement.

AstroChuck's avatar

If a DVD player is hooked up to it try popping in a disc with THX sound and do the audio test. Otherwise put on something electronica.

eambos's avatar

Try 20 Ghosts III by Nine Inch Nails. It’s really just a wave of noise, with many oscillating frequencies. That will be a tourture test for the stereo.

PupnTaco's avatar

Aja by Steely Dan.

wilhel1812's avatar

Thanks for a lot of great answers!

In my store, we have a song called “warrior (show me the way)”. I don’t remember the artist. I’ve searched, but I can’t find the right version. it starts with just some noise, and then it builds up a little. Anyone know what song this is? Usually when i put on that song, the customer ends up buying the stereo/mac

stratman37's avatar

Sweet Emotion by Aerosmith

tjniels's avatar

“In The Hall of the Mountain King” by Grieg. It’s a well-known classical piece, it builds throughout the entire song, and is a great way to test dynamic range. Also, the entire “Rising Tied” album by Fort Minor, “Intergalactic” by the Beastie Boys, and “Paradise” by the Vengaboys. Yeah, it’s a weird list, but the first one helps you test realism and dynamic range, the Fort Minor album lets you assess the quality of your bass, and the last two songs will help you hear if you are overloading your system.

Oh, and if you do the 1812 Overture, get the 1979 TelArc digital recording ON A CD, not a compressed format. Start with the volume very low, the cannons are recorded at full volume.

wilhel1812's avatar

Dovregubbens hall, or In The Hall of the Mountain King as you call it is a great suggestion, also i’ll have to check out the 1812 Overture.

On a sidenote, since i asked this question i’ve kinda been using Tacobel Cannon by Ratatat to test my bass.

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