Nov 16, 201710930 views

What's Your Favorite Break-in Song?

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Want to know what song(s) you guys listen to when breaking in new headphones. Or in other words, what song is your absolute go-to when you get those new cans, IEMs or headphones? I'm just getting into higher-end gear myself so I'd love some recommendations. That, and branching out with music is always good. Spotify Playlist of all the suggested songs:
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🎧 Listen here: https://open.spotify.com/user/duncanhc/playlist/1yfaZ6CYaGHk8NB8QP0BkT?si=KZ9eVYyOS1y_SkJG0Qwheg

It's a collaborative playlist so feel free to add your tracks to the list.
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Interstellar OST Mountains, the drop is like God yelling at me
Enigma Dubz - Badness (Sadhu Remix) [DarkstepWarrior 30k EP] If you're able to think about anything other than walking, your gear sucks.
I just take my entire library of 5TB and set to "play all - shuffle" and just let it run for hundreds of hours while I'm not using it - sleeping and and out for meetings.
Ryoji Ikeda's "dataplex". It's wonderful to test new headphones with. I usually run new cans through my Rubix22 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWhfZk1llUo
So the collaborate thing isn't working out... spent quite some time starting at the beginning of this thread and posting them to the playlist. Checked them recently and just about every track has been removed.
ElectronicVices
Did you post like 50 songs? It should only be one or two max from each person for the sake of diversity.
Kotomine
I was posting 1-2 for those that picked albums and all of the individual songs posted. Well over a hundred tracks that have since disappeared. They weren't my picks just those in the thread. Duncan started with the recent stuff and I went to the beginning.
Other than that though, most of my favorite bands have broken up, or at least have a separate line-up than when they first started. Help With Assignment - Assignment Corp Of the bands posted below, I really don't think there's speculation some of them will reunite but the upper part of the answer denied anything that I know.
My favorite break-in song? Lol at myself: while this "audiophile" is out, for speakers 8-10hrs pink noise, 70-75db@ 1mtr followed by another 8-10 again while out of the apartment of white noise (Trump running his damn mouth) 55-65db. THEN chill music for the next 24.
10 hour YouTube dubstep Nyan cat. Play it on repeat for desired time. It has bass, mids and treble in spades.
Charles Bradley - Changes Live https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfaOf70M4xs


Nothing can beat Xavier Wulf - "Psycho Pass" (Music Video) especially with some big cans and a amp to match.
Brady-x
yes this isn't serious
I like to try a mix of stuff to find strengths of particular cans. Break-in for me I think is more my brain adjusting to the sound, rather than physically breaking the cans in (maybe a bit a both). Mindless Self Indulgence - Bring the pain (new wave) Duel of the Fates - John Williams/London symphony orchestra (Qui-gon and Obi vs Maul scene) Nightcall - Kavinsky Band of Horses - Funeral Disturbed - Sound of Silence Gorillaz - Kids with guns Daft Punk - Recognizer (Tron) Ben Folds Five - Brick 30 Seconds to Mars - Kings and Queens Unplugged I used to always play Sia - Chandelier (just to compare her vocals) but got pretty tired of the song (and it stays in my head), also have to listen to Muse - Knights of Cydonia on anything I buy, no exception.
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I have a small list but here is a few. Reset - Mutemath Time - Pink Floyd Dance, Dance, Christa Paffgen - Anberlin The Judge - Twenty One Pilots Up In The Air - Thirty Seconds to Mars Cowboy Bebop: The Real Folk Blues - Seatbelts
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New Divide by Linkin Park. Might not be the typical sound to see the difference between my pairs of cans, but I freaking love that song. Listen to it every time I get a new pair of headphones.
Gorillaz - Empire Ants (feat. Little Dragon)
I chose a song called "Home" from Natasha Barnes. I think it is a nice relaxing song that is great for vocals. Unfortunately, they don't have the songs I prefer on Spotify otherwise I would pick "Blooming Maidens" from the Sakura Wars Complete Song Box. I choose that song for every new headphones I try.
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Yes, Caravet it's me, who are you?
Denim & Leather - Saxon
Mine is Noise by Pink
If we're doing break-in songs, Smooth Criminal has to be the first one on the list, no?
GunsOfBrixton
Someone beat you to this joke, but I appreciate it nonetheless, and you should make sure it's on the list haha
Duncan
Darn! I used to be punk. Now I'm just trendy :)
November - Tyler, the Creator
Dick Dale- Misirilou
Mostly cowbells. Built To Spill-You In Reverse, today.
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Hey Massdrop can we do a favorite cowbell community list? I'd like to nominate Nazareth, Hair of the Dog.
First, sixteen hours of pink noise at a moderate volume. Then I queue up all of the big symphonies - Mahler, Shostakovitch, Prokofiev, Beethoven, Brahms, Sibelius, etc, and let them run for 3 days.
The Dance of Eternity
(Full Title : Scene Seven: I. The Dance of Eternity) - Dream Theater, Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From a Memory
Pigs - Pink Floyd, Animals
Whatever music I like. Simple as that.
deve53
I dig it.
Aja - The Darcys The 2nd Law - Muse