BEST SONGS TO TEST YOUR CANS
Whether it’s deep trembling bass or ear-piercing treble, your headphones should cope with these tracks
Darkside Paper Trails A track with this level of moving bassline will either drive or confuse a performance, depending on the aptitude of your headphones. Darkside’s
Paper Trails has the added benefit of testing a vocal line deep into the frequency range, which will really highlight the clarity of the bass – or lack thereof. Pharoah Sanders You’ve Got to Have Freedom Coarseness in treble frequencies is one of the first things you notice in headphones, because it hurts your ears. This track from Pharoah Sanders finds his saxophone in full-on attack mode. Without making your ears bleed, it should sound like a mother goose being prodded with a knitting needle – you should accept nothing less. John Martyn Small Hours Space may be an odd concept for sounds being played directly into your ears, but live performances are a good test of whether headphones are able to judge spaces, such as the size of an auditorium. This track from John Martyn was recorded outside, so there is no excuse for his guitar to sound at all boxed in.
Joe Goddard Lose Your Love Your headphones’ performance should make you want to move with a combination of timing, low-end stability and a good grasp of dynamics. If they are doing it right, Joe Goddard’s
Lose Your Love will have you anticipating the beat dropping in, – and looking unhinged to your co-workers as soon as it does.