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Vuolgga Mu Mielde Bassivárrái by a Sami lady called Mari Bione from the album Eallin Live is another good track for testing your system's bass response. It contains some very low bass guitar notes, buried in the track, that many many systems have problems reproducing cleanly. Room modes can cause this, as can lack of extension of the main speakers and poor integration of mains and subwoofers.
Rage Against the Machine . Rage's debut album was recorded without much compression and the drums on it are equal in recording quality to the famous direct-to-disk Sheffield Labs Drum and Track disc from the 1970s. Look out for a system's ability to reproduce the effortlessness and dynamic contrast abundent in this album. It is a great test album and very few systems in my experience can reproduce it with the drive and verve required.
Bela Fleck's Flight of the Cosmic Hippo from the album of the same name has a growling (no other word to describe it) bass guitar that is a sure fire way to test for smoothness of bass response, even modal decay and good subwoofer integration.
What are your favorite albums for testing bass response? Please let me know by adding a comment!
Nyal Mellor, Founder, Acoustic Frontiers