Clearly my hearing is not as good as it was when I was in my teens but there is a visceral pleasure in high quality audio even now.
Not all music shows it up and here is a little list of tracks I use to evaluate a new amplifier or headphone. It doesn't mean that these are particularly Hi Fi tracks, just that I know them and they reveal the differences for me. YMMV.
- Jean Michelle Jarre, Equinox Part 4
- Ry Cooder, Bop Till You Drop, I think it's going to work out fine.
- Eagles, Hotel California, Hotel California - not really Hi Fi but so familiar that I can pick difference easily and hear the bad edit in the middle
- Keith Jarrett, The Koln Concert, Part 1 (well any part really)
- Dire Straits, Love Over Gold, Love over gold
- Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary, John Eliot Gardiner; Monteverdi Choir, March 1
- Steely Dan, Remastered: The best of steely dan then and now, Hey Nineteen
- Talking Heads, Stop Making Sense, Psycho Killer
- Eric Clapton, Unplugged, Tears in Heaven
Hmm, maybe this list reveals something about me rather than Hi Fi evaluation. Anyhow, it's my little list for what it's worth.
I think that's the trick - if you know the song well you are more likely to pick out differences in the audio equipment.
FWIW here are the tracks I used when I was last listening critically to music.
And what's that in the photo? Intriguing!
The box shown is my latest Chu Moy amplifier using the printed circuit board design I published a few days ago.
It's a good one as the box has a removable cover for the battery. All previous boxes require a screwdriver to change the battery.
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