The Trouble with Sequels. Prey Review. Legion Season 1 Review. Craving Custom? Sure Universal Remote App Review. Star Citizen 2. Particle Fleet: Emergence Review. Marriage Story. Nick Mason Spills a Saucerful of Secrets. LG GX 3. This particular song is a favorite for judging sound stage depth. If the instruments sound like they're coming from 20 or 30 feet behind the guitars, and if you can hear them echoing off the walls and ceiling of the large church where this recording was made, then your system is doing a fine job.
Each of the group's four saxophones—all four of which play nonstop through the entire tune—is positioned at a certain place within the stereo soundstage.
You'll want to be able to pick out each saxophone individually and point to it yes, in the air. If you can do that, then you've got a fantastic system. If not, don't worry too much, because this particular listening test is pretty hard!
If you want one of the best bass tests in existence, go for Olive's Extra Virgin. We often use the song "Falling" when testing for the best subwoofer placement.
The synthesizer bass line is powerful and punchy, dropping way down to a deep note, one that tends to nearly disappear when played over mini speakers or bad headphones. Know that this is a harsh-sounding recording if you're listening to the mids and treble. So it might be worth making a custom version with the treble rolled off -6 dB at 20 kHz. Headphones can sometimes be marketed as a "hip-hop thing," with many popular models designed specifically with hip-hop in mind.
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Forum Help and Feedback. Home Theater Forum Meets. Archived Reviews. Reverb-laden guitar, minimal drums and weighty bass notes are what The xx do. And they do it very well. If your system doesn't go low, you simply won't hear half this track. Provided you're not listening through a laptop's speakers, or worse, you can close your eyes and enjoy a couple of minutes of rolling, powerful bass notes, set against a spaced-out guitar riff.
View The xx xx on Amazon. Try Polica Lately. You can't talk about bass without talking about reggae. A much-sampled bassline and track, this Sly and Robbie production is designed to be heard on a sound system that can push some serious air.
From the simple-but-effective school, you want to hear solid, rounded bass notes that stop and start cleanly and don't muddy the midrange. Red Stripe optional.
View Ini Kamoze 16 Vibes on Amazon. Rage Against The Machine's brand of funk-metal lends itself perfectly to loud, powerful, low-strung bass riffs. This example sees bassist Tim Commerford taking it easy with a workmanlike contribution An insightful system will pick out plenty of detail in the neck-breaking finale - you should be able to hear the slap of the strings, not just a wall of noise, especially when the extra layers of guitar come into the mix.
Try Korn Here To Stay. There are almost as many layers to this track as there are to Inception , the film in which this track appeared. Hans Zimmer has a hefty back catalogue of stirring soundtracks but when it comes to bass weight and detail, coupled with stirring dynamics for good measure, few do it better than Time.
This should really fill your room and the move from mezzo to forte should be enough to bring a bead of sweat to your forehead - without a firm handle on the vigorous strings, your system's delivery will fall flat.
View Inception soundtrack on Amazon. Try Gulstav Holst Mars. Loud isn't everything but there's no denying there are some beautifully smooth and deep bass rasps on this evocative house track, complete with crisp, contrasting strings. Got a sub? You'll know if it's turned up too loud with this one. View Bicep Bicep on Amazon. Try Orbital Halcyon. Certainly considered one of the greatest bass guitarists of all time, it's Jack's nimble, bouncing bass riff that gives this track its energy and drive.
The quick notes will test your system's dynamics. They should stop and start on time to avoid slowing the song down and ensure the track is nicely balanced and light on its feet, despite the depth and weight of the bass licks. View Cream Goodbye on Amazon. Try Fleetwood Mac The Chain. One of the most famous basslines in hip-hop, a genre well-endowed with sub-rattling bottom frequencies. The wobbling sub-bass is layered with the catchy mid effect, but it's that sub bass you want to hear.out of 5 stars since this still hits harder than any other audio test media. Reviewed in the United States on May 12, This is a great audio testing media/5(7).