You're favorite CD for breaking in new speakers...
My recently purchased speakers (Escalante Design's Fremonts) came with setup instructions that suggested NOT using burn-in specific discs. They feel that full range titles with dense midranges work best.
So my cd title of choice has been and is Tori Amos' "Strange Little Girls". Vocals are very rich and palpable, synth bass goes deep and highs are very extended. Though several cuts may have limited appeal there is much to enjoy, but hey, I've always been a fan.
All suggestions appreciated as I have several hundred more hours to go.
Funny you should suggest Radiohead. I just got back from a cable shootout this afternoon. The first vinyl that was spun was Radiohead. I think it was an EP. I heard much of what you describe. I'll give it a listen at Borders tonight. Thanks!
Barry White's Icon of Love. Will move your woofers like no other. Synthesizer bass that shacks the room. Nice recording. Throw a little Gladiator in there and your speakers (depending of course on the brand) will be ready after a couple of hundred hours--
I remember using REM's Out of Time, Midnight Oil's Blue Sky Mining, and U2's Achtung Baby, and Fixx- Reach The Beach. :) Now I guess it would be stuff like Diego Urcola, and Eldar, and Staind or DamagePlan. :)