Sibilant test ? "Trust in Me"
I recently purchased a pair of Meadowlark Shearwater Hot Rods here on Audiogon after being so enthralled with the Kestrel HRs. While the Kestrels have a very warm sound the Shearwaters can probably be considered a tad bright.
I was checking for excessive sibilant when I discovered the perfect cut. "Trust in Me" the first track on Blame ItOn My Youth by the Holly Cole Trio. She sings "slip into silent slumber, sail on a silver mist, slowly but surely your senses will cease to exist" wow, thats a lot of sss.
Anyway, the sibilant was excessive until I put the grills on. That is not an easy task on the Shearwater but what a difference. The Shearwaters have mellowed but haven't lost any of the spatial clues or detail.
Check that track out if you want a good sibilant test.