Listen to some well recorded female vocals. You can hear if the speakers make her sound sibilant (where "s" sounds like "sh" as in "sash." Sarah McLachlan, kd lang, Tori Amos are just a few. I also like to listen to tracks that have good soundstage to see how the speaks reproduce that (highly influenced by the source too). Radiohead's "OK Computer" is wonderfully mixed and Thom York's vocals really soar. Some very good bass on the track "Lucky." I also like hearing how male harmony sounds, so any band that features good two- or three-part harmony is great. Huge number of choices from CSN&Y to King's X, dada, Posies, and the list goes on and on. With classical, listen to strings and woodwind instruments. A good recording of Peter and the Wolf does an admirable job for me. Best of luck!
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