Headphone review song list

Headphone review song list

When we test and review headphones we believe that pushing a broad range of music choices through them is the only way to consider how those specific headphones might work for other users. We update this song list from time to time and retire old songs (list is further down the page), partly because we always want to have recently mastered tracks represented as well as old classics. We also love hearing other customers tell us what their top music choices are when reviewing their headphones, so please comment below.

The prerequisites for this song review list look something like this:

  1. Does the track have a unique quality that will either be elevated, or lost on the headphones e.g heavy bass, strong vocals, palpable stringed instruments, distinct timbre, unique soundstage.
  2. Is there sufficient difference between this track and others on the list to make it unique enough to bring something new through the headphones.
  3. Does it present a unique emotive focus, challenging the headphones to produce what the artist/musician had in mind when it was recorded.
  4. Does the song offer a unique frequency challenge for the headphones in either highs, mids or lows.

Songs we use:

  1. Pink Floyd - Comfortably Numb - Rock
  2. Kimbra - Settle Down - Pop
  3. Damien Rice - 9 Crimes - Folk/Acoustic
  4. Debussy - Clair de Lune (played by Paik Kun Woo) - Classical - Piano
  5. The Killers - Mr Brightside - Rock
  6. Vivaldi - The Four Seasons - Winter (played by Nigel Kennedy) Classical - Strings
  7. Beethoven - Piano Sonata in C sharp minor, Op.27, No.2 (Moonilght), Franck - Classical - Piano
  8. Sohn - Lights - Ambient
  9. Skrillex - Right in - Dubstep
  10. Dave Matthews (with Tim Reynolds, Live at Radio City) - Stay of Leave - Acoustic
  11. Diana Krall - East of the Sun - Jazz

NB: For pro musicians we don't typically test these in stage environments but usually find our comments, and what we review as typical listening i.e commuting, home, office, planes; translates to stage in terms of audio signature and ability to reproduce certain frequencies.

Songs retired from the list over time:

  • Mozart - No 40-2. Andante - Classical - Strings