Test Tracks

Below are, labelled by purpose, a selection of test tracks that I use when reviewing headphones. It is by no means exhaustive, and is constantly expanding, but this highlights a good number of those that I use frequently. Some songs crop up in multiple sections, simply because no song is singularly "bass" or "treble". The section labelled "space" refers to tracks that I use to get a feel for the soundstage of a headphone, and their separation and imaging. While many of the tracks in the "detail" section are not inherently dense or tremendously fast-paced, I know those that are not very well and have specific bits in them that I listen for to see how a headphone conveys those parts.

Bass:

Three Ralphs – DJ Shadow

Chapter Doof – Tom Holkenborg

Anomaly – Noisia

You Want It Darker – Leonard Cohen

HUMBLE. – Kendrick Lamar

Monster – Kanye West

Mystery Fish – Aesop Rock

Side B (Dope Song) – Danny Brown

Viol – Gesaffelstein

Opr – Gesaffelstein

St. Brick Intro – Gucci Mane

Reagan – Killer Mike

Down the Mother Volga – Kovcheg

You’re Mine – Phantogram

Got Em Covered – Pusha T

digging for windows – Zach de la Rocha

Mids:

Quarter Chicken Dark – The Goat Rodeo Sessions

Eminence Front – The Who

1612 – Vulfpeck

Hurricane Season – Trombone Shorty

A Wolf in Cheap Clothing – Thank You Scientist

Letter to the Editor – Thievery Corporation

Pure Imagination – Stephanie Tarling

Ghostwriter – RJD2

Makin’ Ice – Ripe

Cream on Chrome – Ratatat

Boll Weevil – Punch Brothers

Zavodovski Island – Portico Quartet

Luv (sic.), Part 3 – Nujabes

Mountain Lion – Moon Hooch

Fat Time – Miles Davis

Look on Down From the Bridge – Mazzy Star

How Far I’ll Go - Auli’I Cravalho

Quiet – Lights

Track Uno – Kaytranada

Weight Off – Kaytranada feat. BADBADNOTGOOD

Think – Kaleida

Cajon – Daniel Waples & Friends

Redbone – Childish Gambino

All This Could Be Yours – Cold War Kids

Down the Road – C2C

Natural Green – Blazo

Phone in a Pool – Ben Folds

Hajanga – Jacob Collier

Shalom Aleichem – Avishai Cohen Trio

Are You Serious – Andrew Bird

Sound & Color – Alabama Shakes

Treble:

Ageispolis – Aphex Twin

First – Cold War Kids

Whammy – Death Grips

Morphogene - Machinedrum

Bergschrund – DJ Shadow

Gay Bar – Electric Six

Helix – Flume

Deluxe Sake – Fybe:one

Hatred – Gesaffelstein

Clarence! No! – goreshit

play – Sami Elu

Humain à l'eau – Stromae

پىشكش – گوگوش

Space:

Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison

Mandrill – Mandrill

Bubbles – Yosi Horikawa

Letter – Yosi Horikawa

Paganini Etude no. 3 – La Campanella – Valentina Lisitsa

XYZ – Tennyson

Çakkıdı (Live) - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra & Marcello Rota

Zindabad – Red Baraat

My Oh My –Punch Brothers

Tapage – Marc Ducret

Change of the Guard – Kamasi Washington

Rey’s Theme – John Williams

Absolute Jest: 6. Prestissimo – John Adams

Flintstones – Jacob Collier

Spottie – Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

Carry On – Crosby, Still, Nash & Young

(Looks Like) Someone Got Ahead of Schedule on Their Medication – Charlie Hunter

Earth Jam – Béla Fleck and the Flecktones

Detail:

Physical Education – Animals as Leaders

XYZ – Tennyson

I Never Woke Up in Handcuffs Before – Hans Zimmer

Jolene – Dolly Parton

Red & Black Light – Ibrahim Maalouf

Makeba (Dirty Ridin’ Remix) – Jain

While My Guitar Gently Weeps – Jake Shimabukuro

You Go Down Smooth (Live at WFUV) – Lake Street Dive

The Curtain – Snarky Puppy and Metropole Orkest

Hole – Royal Blood

Quarter Chicken Dark – The Goat Rodeo Sessions

Pastime Paradise – Youngblood Brass Band

 

Pictures

I ordered a cheapo lightbox off of Amazon, and it came much better than I expected. Pictures for products should now be much better lit.

Update (3/19/17 2:15 AM EST): I am periodically updating the images for all reviews on the site. All but two should be up by the end of the night, but the Quiet Comfort 25s and Xiaomi Piston 3s are out of my hands right now, and should be up within the next few days.

Update (3/20/17 11:30 PM EST): All pictures and thumbnails are now updated.

Website Update

I updated the architecture of the website, and in doing so, had to recreate all current blog posts. As a result, the displayed "dates posted" are not accurate to their original posting. However, all updates retain the date and timecode of their original update.

Future Reviews

I now keep an updated list of what products are on or are coming to my desk for review in the coming months under the "Contact" section. It will be kept updated as I am made aware of new products being sent to me for review.

Hi!

I'm an 18 year old student with a passion and a penchant for music. I started reviewing after recognizing that I needed an outlet to write and that I enjoyed breaking down the subjectivity of listening to something a little bit more objective.

Anyone visiting, feel free to leave comments, questions, or critiques on any of the posts here. I should be very responsive on this site and would love to offer any clarification that could help out.

If you enjoy my reviews and have any headphones that you'd like to let out to me for review, I have an email listed under the contact page, and I'd be happy to work out terms for any loaners or otherwise. Generally speaking, I've found that diminishing returns in terms of review for listening time on headphones set in after about two weeks, although it is nice to be able to audition a set for a few months to confirm those thoughts post-review (leaving the time for updates and revisions). By then, I have a good feel for the finer details of any given set of cans and can offer as much as is reasonable in the way of commentary. Beyond that, I've found that more time doesn't yield much in the way of information.

Thanks for stopping by!