Apr 12, 2019369 views

Recommendations for songs with soundstage and production

My music playlist is getting stagnant. I would love some different songs that I can listen through my HD58X's when I am working on college assignments. What songs do you recommend because of their soundstage and production value? If you are also looking to branch out, I recommend Wake Up by EDEN.
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I am a big fan of the lyrics, the vocal quality, and the unique artistic spin that EDEN adds to his music. At approximately 2 minutes and 53 seconds, a completely different song can be heard in your right ear. It's a clip from his song Interlude. At 3:06, a clip from another one his songs, Nocturne, begins to play in your left ear. The mood set by the chaotic soundstage and powerful lyrics keeps me coming back.
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Some in my typical rotation: The Cisco Kid - WAR Papa Was A Rolling Stone - The Temptations Oye Como Va - Santana Fly Me To The Moon - Frank Sinatra Shout, Pts. 1 & 2 - The Isley Brothers ABC - Jackson 5 Use Me - Bill Withers Isn't She Lovely - Stevie Wonder Big Easy - Raphael Saadiq He Loves Me (Lyzel in E Flat) - Jill Scott Sea of Space - QUIN Tadow - Masego Billie Jean - Michael Jackson A Sunday Kind of Love - Etta James Pretty much every song here will sound very compressed and dense if a headphone can't give enough room for the placement of backup singers, room/hall acoustics, drummers feel like they're playing on a single plane and not moving about, voices don't sound is if they're filling out a stadium, etc. I find it easier to tell a difference with backup singers as some headphones put them dead center, almost with the lead singer. A good headphone would push them to the left and make it known they are behind the singer (Papa Was A Rolling Stone is a perfect example here). Listening to any of these tracks with something like the Elex is pure joy. Whereas with something like the TRX-00, something feels "lost" in translation.
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A very well recorded / mastered album,, and the artists are pretty good too;)
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https://store.acousticsounds.com/d/93717/Counting_Crows-August_And_Everything_After-DSD_Single_Rate_28MHz64fs_Download “"We were fortunate that this was recorded to analog in an age that had many digital recordings," says Acoustic Sounds founder and CEO Chad Kassem, who describes August and Everything After as "one of the better albums in the entire '90s," with a timeless vibe and classic pop sound. Mastered by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound.”
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Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen - O, Tysta Ensamhet

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Ale Jestem (Live) Anna Maria Jopek
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Roger Waters, Amused To Death. The whole album's an early nineties exercise in what you're talking about. You might try Glass's Einstein On The Beach, but it's not for everyone
It's become a tad cliche but Diana Krall's Girl in the Other Room. Won a grammy for Best Engineered Album 2004 (Non-Classical). Phenomenal album, own it on various formats and is incredibly well recorded.
The pat advice is "anything by Steely Dan." Their music is broadly renowned for its production value, and rightly so. I have a few songs on my audio test list that I use to evaluate soundstage: Bad Luck, by Social Distortion on the Live at the Roxy album (their studio albums don't have great engineering). Although I wasn't there when this concert was recorded, I saw numerous concerts at the Roxy, and similar venues. I've never heard any live recording capture the ambiance and environment of a small concert venue like this one does. On good headphones and speakers, it's good enough to induce vivid memories of those days from my youth. This applies to the whole album, but the coarse language and musical style (think Johnny Cash meets the Sex Pistols) aren't most people's cup of tea. This is one of the better, inoffensive tracks. The Boxer by Simon & Garfunkel - a very intentionally produced song with a lot of directionality and variety. Feels like there is a room full of musicians around you. Glycerine, by Bush - Detail and precision placement of the instruments in space is notable for a 90's rock song, but pay close attention to the cello and the violin. On good headphones, you can clearly hear the true-to-life difference in height between the two instruments in the song, with the cello on the right closer to the ground than the violin on the left. Tchaikovsky, 1812 Overture, by Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (make sure you don't get the version with a chorus). This is one of the most amazingl recordings I've ever heard. The whole thing is amazing, from the dynamic range to the detail. From a soundstage perspective, the cannons firing around the sound field are extremely cool. It's a challenge to reproduce them well (the 58x, like most headphones, will clip) but it's still pretty cool. If you hear them produced at close to their potential (most likely on a good speaker setup), some of the cannon shots produce a feeling of being hit by a concussion waves coming from all around you. It's a very cool experience.
Not sure why you went with a 58X if sound stage is something you care about. Like the rest of the 6** series they're extremely narrow for an open back.
Keth
Agreed. He might be referring to imaging more so than sound stage though.
Heefty
Yep, not sure there were any claims that the 58x had a great sound stage, more just looking for well engineered music with good soundstage to listen to. I agree soundstage isn't a top quality of the 600 series, but it's good enough with directionality and imaging to at least start exploring.
“MGMT” latest album Little Dark Age is recorded in HiFi for high-end audio playback. “Parcels” freshman self titled album is my album of 2018. Incredible recording of Electro funk/Disco. Plays very good on the 58X since it’s not a large soundstage recording — 58X soundstage is narrow. But where the 58X truly shine are vocals. I recommend J.S. Ondara: Tales of America (Folk).
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