Jennifer Warnes -- Ballad of the Runaway Horse from Rob Wasserman's album "Duets."
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I'll check different genres to get a sense of the speakers abilities.
Peter Gabriel - Growing Up
The Pineapple Thief - Shed A Light
David Sylvian - When Poets Dream Of Angels
Donald Fagen - Mary Shut The Garden Door
Aimee Mann - Humpty Dumpty
D'Angelo - Untitled
Zap Mamma - Ya Solo
Alice In Chains - Would?
As above David Sylvian "when poets dreamed of angels". The last section of the song will leave you looking left, right, and middle, at the 3 guitars positioned in the soundstage.
But also The Blue Nile debut album (a walk across the rooftops). Lots of clarity of instruments to feast on.
Mark Hollis - Inside looking out. You feel right up close in a small room with the artists. You can hear the chair creaking as he leans forward to play the guitar. The drawing of breath before singing. The realism should leave you captivated.
Also for low bass I try the song Before Today -Chicane Remix by Everything but the Girl. There is some low beats that come in around the 1minute mark and repeat a few times throughout the song. Some speakers will not even make a sound. I judge the loudness of those beats compared to the rest of the song as a bass test.
I'm not mad on bass by the way.
Some good ones already mentioned. A few odd ones that I used over the years. Pink Floyd Dogs
Depeche Mode Personal Jesus acoustic version
John Hiatt Feels Like Rain
Any drums recorded in the front hallway at Headly Grange . The best sound not recorded by John Bonham may be can’t get enough from bad Company’s debut record
Aaron Neville "Everybody Plays the Fool" (if the system has issues with male vocals you'll know it here)
Stevie Wonder "I Believe (When I Fall In Love)" (For the sub-bass synth line) A real LF workout especially for vinyl
Jewel "Have a Little Faith In Me" (Or, just take the the whole 'Phenomenon' Soundtrack, almost every cut is reference-worthy)
Jackson Browne The Load Out/Stay (Listen for the feedback in David Lindley's vocal monitors on Stay @ 6:45 - the monitor mixer has them right on the edge, and doesn't panic, he just eases them off a few dB, and saved the whole cut - masterful work)
Everclear "AM Radio" (If the system can upack the layers in this mix, it can handle anything) And while you're at it listen to their anthemic version of "Brown-Eyed Girl"
Sonny Rollins "Saxophone Colossus" Any cut - pick one
The Mavericks "All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down" Eee-hah!!
Charlie Haden & Pat Metheny "Beyond the Missouri Sky" 'Nuf said.
Paul Galbraith "Bach: Sonatas & Partitas" This couldn't be transcribed for a 6-string guitar - the finger positions were impossible - so he built a totally unique 8-string instrument with a second sound chamber, taught himself to play it, then transcribed and then played these 32 pieces. Just Amazing. And will test the midrange purity of any system.
Genesis - The Carpet Crawlers and The Lamia
Nils Lofgrin -Keith Don't Go (yes overplayed)
Buckethead - Super Human
Jim James - Exploding
Diana Krall - California Dreaming
Catriona MacKay - Swan LK 243
Mary Chapin Carpenter - John Doe No. 24
Monsters of Folk - Dear God...great bass
I have these and a few more on a Roon playlist labeled 'Test Tracks'
News on an overseas Internet radio followed by whatever they played afterwards.
First song I picked: Elvis Presley - It’s Easy For You. Followed by Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain. Followed by the whole Moody Blue album.
If it couldn't play those well, I would take it straight to Goodwill. Luckily, there is nothing that does not play those well.
First sound, if a TT is up:
Sweet Child, The Pentangle
...just because it's one of the first albums I own....still 9/10, too. *S*
Beat Box (Diversion One)....for the piano @ the end of it....
The Holy Egoism of Genius
....both of these: The Art of Noise
Cube 3.0 @ Creamfields 2019, Deadmau5
...loud, Please. *G*
I didn't say you had to agree nor like it.