Nov 16, 20178314 views

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. Spotify Playlist of all the suggested songs:
🎧 Listen here: It's a collaborative playlist so feel free to directly add your tracks. I'll update it as often as I can to keep it fresh.
livingspeedbump, john.webb, and 32 others

So hear me out on this one. The Tron Legacy soundtrack. Deep bass intentional high frequency pixelation and some layered easter eggs all run the gammut of what you look for in good audio gear.
And just a great soundtrack
Hotel California- The Eagles Halo- Porcupine Tree The Raven That Refused to Sing- Porcupine Tree Ocean Eyes- Billie Eilish
These are the three songs I judge audio equipment by. Not a believer in break/burn in. Nobody's Baby - Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings Microphone Fiend - Rage Against the Machine Big Love - Little Village
Out of Sight by Miami Horror and Coma by Guns and Roses
21st. Century Schizoid Man by King Crimson, Supper's Ready by Genesis. Nice long tracks with plenty of loud and quiet passages, great vocals by Greg Lake and Peter Gabriel.
Glorybox by Portishead
Nice & Warm - Tab Benoit
Elanor Rigby strings only version Anthology II vinyl
What, no Slayer? Whenever I want to know how a particular speaker, headphone, DAC, receiver or amplifier sounds I bring "Reign In Blood" on CD with me. "If it doesn't blow up or sound like shit I'll take it. Sorry, no 'audiophile' music for me. I want these to rock, not be treated like a baby. If I'm buying speakers I'm going to treat them all the same, whether they're $15 or $15,000."
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TBH, the whole "Reign In Blood" album could be, especially "Angel of Death" and the title track. You should see the look on the salespeople's faces when I put that song on. Priceless!!
lol can imagine.
Scarborough fair by Celia Pavey, Mic Drop BTS (pretty much whole album) and Queen (entire album but specifically, Made in heaven, Bohemian rhapsody and who wants to live forever). sometimes depending on headphones - Bungo Koukyoukyoku Dai 1 Bang 1 Gakushou Kumiai and Bungo Koukyoukyoku Dai 3 Gakushou Yokohama from bungou stray dogs
I have updated a bunch of songs onto the Spotify playlist
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Night and Day by Diana Krall. Ooooooh that's soothing right now.
Yea I love the vocals, instrumentals and the overall composition is nothing less than amazing.
I use Track 4 from the Patriot Games movie soundtrack. It was recommended to me by Carl Marchisotto, who makes Nola speakers. I put on "repeat" and play it for 50 to 100 hours, or whatever the equipment needs. It's not a track you'd listen to more than once for pleasure, really. It's more of an audio stress test for the equipment you're breaking in. Lots of low frequencies, high frequencies and strong transients.
Would be nice if someone put together a playlist of All of these.
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On it.
45 - thanks for doing that. Always looking for new music - what a great help!
"One of These Days", by Pink Floyd
Hard to say. I have a playlist of 35 songs that I use to review audio equipment. Perhaps for a live song...Allman Brothers: Statesboro Blues (Live at the Fillmore East) or Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here...
If These Trees Could Talk - Earthcrawler Skyforest - Autumnal Embrace Wolves in the Throne Room - Crystal Ammunition Occasionally I'll throw some Saor - Hearth in there to hear some pipes.
Muse - Bliss
Any of Stevie Wonder songs, the music instruments are very diverse.
The Package by A Perfect Circle
Kicks those low frequencies to life.
The Man's Too Strong by Dire Straits.
Savage garden : to the moon and back
”Everybody Dies” by Ayreon. It runs the vocal gamut with about eight vocalists (male and female) and tests response well because it’s very fast-paced. Also it’s about the robot apocalypse so it seems appropriate for what audio technology is doing to me (or at least my bank account).
Amada Mio by Pink Martini
Sloppy Seconds by George Clinton or Music Madness by Mantronix(One of the best intros). SQ test nothing beats Summer Madness by Kool and the Gang.
The Dry Cleaner From Des Moines ~ Joni Mitchell (Mingus)
Anything from Blackbear or Lauv, just cause it's what I like.
For song Melissa-- Allman Brothers Band. For extended play Eat A Peach-- Allman Brothers Band, American Beauty--Grateful Dead. All tracks 24/192 and or 32/192 Yes, I'm an living fossil ( or so I am told).
I Robot by Alan Parsons
Hooked on a Feeling by Blue’s a timeless classic and I Test it on all new Hi Fi gear because it’s got some fat bass notes and the whole spectrum of music in under 3 minutes. This will test out your woofers & tweeters Plus you can sing along. Guardians of the Galaxy got this right and it belongs on every awesome mix tape.
The theme song from the Mortal Kombat movie and Who Let The Dogs Out.
Best answer yet, probably.