Nov 16, 2017

What's your favorite break-in song?

Want to know what song(s) you guys listen to when breaking in new headphones.

Or in other words, what song is your absolute go-to when you get those new cans, IEMs or headphones?
I'm just getting into higher-end gear myself so I'd love some recommendations. That, and branching out with music is always good.


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Anyone mention Come Away With Me by Norah Jones yet? Had the opportunity to listen to a high quality version and wow. That's a good one too.

https://open.spotify.com/track/0Cvjlph1WGbwZY1PlMEtJY?si=o7xViJRoSTyxzuO-xXlUZg
A few of the favorites:

Pink Floyd Animals (album) - only 5 tracks but oh so many musical transitions within those tracks
To the Sun and All the Cities in Between - City of the Sun
Madness - Muse
Doin' it Right - Daft Punk
Girl in the Other Room - Diana Krall
Faith - Lake Street Dive
Trains - Porcupine Tree
Big Sur Moon - Buckethead
Dust to Dust - The Civil Wars
Dirty Little Secret (Remix) - Sarah McLaughlan/Thievery Corporation
Money for Nothing - Dire Straits
Wherever I May Roam - Metallica
Madame George - Van Morrison

I've got a massive local library including a decent chunk of lossless and high resolution files. I have also been building out several spotify test track playlists but I don't use those for critical listening.

I also do about 90% of my break-in "on head" as the pads can change quite a bit and I like to see if I notice a change on some of the tracks I've used for years.
Black Sabbath - ten year war collection
I just plug my headphones into my home theatre receiver and let the radio play while I’m gone.
Led Zeppelin No Quarter
Deadman - Karnivool
Heritage - Opeth
Honeymoon - Lana Del Rey
The Pot - Tool
Gone - The Weeknd
Seven Names (Errai) - TesseracT

Usually in that order.
Little bit of everything in these...

Oh and Neighborhood - Neon Hitch
love me some Neon...
Jacob Collier - Hideaway

There is so much going on in this song and it honestly tests everything you would need to test in a headphone.
kdj1996
That kid is super talented, the style isn't my cup of tea but thanks for sharing!
Andra Day- Cheers to the Fall, Gary Clark Jr- Numb and Lil Jon-Turn Down for What
https://itunes.apple.com/ru/playlist/i-like-it/pl.u-WabZlMjFvWm7o7
I'm new to headphones, but I've broken in every new piece of equipment with the same track for over 30 years. It doesn't need to be the entire track, just the intro is plenty. The first couple minutes of Pink Floyd's "Time" will tell you everything you need to know about new equipment.
DaveTBG
I'm adding this one to my list. Great call.
Gwen Stefani - Hollaback Girl.

It brings the drivers on their freaking knees. Planar, dynamic, high impedance, low impedance... Gwen don’t care!

Few times I've been around that track
So it's not just gonna happen like that
'Cause I ain't no hollaback girl
I ain't no hollaback girl…
mtmercer
It's all Tragic Kingdom for me. Think I'd rather go with 'Just A Girl'. 😂
DuncanCampbell
This combined with the fact that you used "break-in" not "burn-in" makes me think we might be kindred spirits... all downhill from Tragic Kingdom IMO!
Dream Theater's huge discography.
r47z
Love the syncopated rhythm in Pull Me Under for bass testing... although James Labrie's voice annoys me so I end up listening to Liquid Tension Experiment more!
I like to use Yellow Ledbetter by Pearl Jam. Really shows off range of headphones
Here it would easier to show you and my Foobar 2000 set up.
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From a collection that I made taken from a bunch of people's skins and VU skins. Here you go:

https://archive.org/download/VUMeterSkins/VUMeterSkins.rar
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I'll give it a try soon thanks a lot!!