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The performance appears to take place ​in an appropriate spatial environment.
(ITU-R BS.1284-2 (01/2019) Recommendation)

Sub-attributes:

Homogeneity of spatial Sound Reverberance, Acoustic balance, Apparent room size, Depth perspective,​ Sound color of Reverberation

Examples of common ​descriptive terms:

Reverberate / Dry​, Large / Small room ​, Direct / Indirect


ARTIST TRACK GENRE
BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS Turn Your Lights Down Low REGGAE
STEVE DOBROGOSZ, RADKA TONEFF The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress JAZZ
JÓHANN JÓHANSSON By The Roes, And By The Hinds Of The Field NEO-CLASSICAL
ARNE DOMNÉRUS High Life JAZZ
GREGORY PORTER Holding On JAZZ, Funk/Soul
BOB DOROUGH Three Is A Magic Number JAZZ, Pop
JOHNNY CASH Hurt FOLK, COUNTRY

The Sound Image appears to have the correct and appropriate ​Direction Distribution of the Sound Source.
(ITU-R BS.1284-2 (01/2019) Recommendation)

Sub-attributes:

Directional balance​, Stability, Sound Image width, Location accuracy.

Examples of common ​descriptive terms:

Wide / Narrow , Precise / Imprecise


ARTIST TRACK GENRE
PHAROAH SANDERS Astral Travelling JAZZ
PINK FLOYD Money ROCK
CARL ORFF, RADIO ORCHESTER BERLIN Carmina Burana: I.O Fortuna CLASSICAL
VAN MORRISON Moondance FOLK, FUNK/SOUL

The individual Sound Sources appear to be properly balanced in the general Sound Image.
(ITU-R BS.1284-2 (01/2019) Recommendation)

Sub-attributes:

Loudness Balance​, Dynamic Range

Examples of common ​descriptive terms:

Sound Source too Loud / too Weak, Sound Compressed / Natural


ARTIST TRACK GENRE
STEVE RAY VAUGHAN & DOUBLE TROUBLE Tin Pan Alley ROCK, BLUES
NOORDPOL ORCHESTRA Weird Fishes CLASSICAL
LEONARD BERNSTEIN, G. GERSWIN Rhapsody in Blue CLASSICAL
THE ROLLING STONES Melody ROCK
DAFT PUNK FEAT. PH. WILLIAMS Get Lucky ELECTRONIC, POP
STEELY DAN Jack Of Speed JAZZ, ROCK
ANTHONY LEWIS Dido & Aeneas Act 3: But Death, Alas! CLASSICAL
LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Star Wars Main Theme STAGE & SCREEN
ENYA Orinoco Flow ELECTRONIC, POP
THE CAT EMPIRE Fishies POP ROCK, FUNK/SOUL
RAHSAAN ROLAND KIRK Blacknuss JAZZ
MIKE OLDFIELD Pran’s Departure ROCK, STAGE & SCREEN
LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Jurassic Park Main Theme STAGE & SCREEN
THE ART ENSEMBLE OF CHICAGO Theme de YoYo JAZZ
HOT CHIP Ready For The Floor ELECTRONIC, Pop
BILLY COBHAM Stratus JAZZ
RAMIN DJAWADI Light Of The Seven STAGE & SCREEN

The subjective impression that​ all details of the performance can be clearly perceived.
(ITU-R BS.1284-2 (01/2019) Recommendation)

Sub-attributes:

Sound source definition, Time definition, Intelligibility

Examples of common ​descriptive terms:

Clear / Muddy


ARTIST TRACK GENRE
THELONIOUS MONK Body and Soul JAZZ
WINTERPLAY Billie Jean JAZZ
CAN Spoon PSY-ROCK
AHMAD JAMAL Poinciana JAZZ
S. PROKOFIEV, BERLIN PHILARMONIC Romeo & Juliet n2, Montagues & Capulets CLASSICAL
MULATU ASTATKE Yèkèrmo Sèw JAZZ
GIDON KREMER, TATJANA GRINDENKO Pärt: Tabula Rasa – I.Ludus (Live) CLASSICAL
LOU REED Walk On The Wild Side ROCK

The subjective impression of the accurate portrayal of the different sound characteristics of the sound source(s).
(ITU-R BS.1284-2 (01/2019) Recommendation)

Sub-attributes:

Sound Color, Sound Attack

Examples of common ​descriptive terms:

Boomy / Sharp​, Dark / Light​, Warm / Cold


ARTIST TRACK GENRE
STEVE DOBROGOSZ, R. TONEFF The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress JAZZ
HANS THEESSINK Call Me BLUES, COUNTRY
QUEEN Bohemian Rhapsody ROCK
RADIO SYMPHONIE ORCHESTER BERLIN The Firebird (L’oiseau de feu) CLASSICAL
MOLOKO I Want You ELECTRONIC
MOSE ALLISON Everybody Cryin’ Mercy JAZZ

The low frequencies, typically below 250 Hz.

A. Sub-Bass: Center Frequency 31Hz Frequency Range: 20-40Hz
  • Sound Characteristics: Weighty Sound felt more than heard
  • Sound Colorations: Rumble
  • Examples of instruments sound: Kick Drums, Bass, Organ

B. Low-Bass: Center Frequency 63Hz Frequency Range: 40-80Hz
  • Sound Characteristics: Depth, Thud, Bass, Fullness
  • Sound Colorations: Boomy, lose Definition
  • Examples of instruments sound: Kick Drum, Bass, Piano

C. Mid-Bass: Center Frequency 125Hz Frequency Range: 80-160Hz
  • Sound Characteristics: Fat, Body, Weight
  • Sound Colorations: Chesty, Plummy, Boomy, Unclear
  • Examples of instruments sound: Punchy Bass, Vocals fullness, Toms Attack, Guitar & Snare Fullness, Warm Piano & Horns

D. Upper-Bass: Center Frequency 250Hz Frequency Range: 160-320Hz
  • Sound Characteristics: Warmth
  • Sound Colorations: Boxy, hollow, muddy
  • Examples of instruments sound: Vocals, Electric Guitar, and Snare Fullness & Liveliness. Many acoustic instruments, Brass (e.g., alto saxophone), Woodwinds (e.g., clarinet), Violins, etc.

ARTIST TRACK GENRE
EAGLES Hotel California CLASSIC ROCK
JACO PASTORIUS Come On Come Over JAZZ/FUNK/SOUL
THUNDERCAT Uh Uh JAZZ
DAFT PUNK FEAT PH. WILLIAMS Get Lucky ELECTRONIC/POP
CEE-LO GREEN SBTRKT & LITTLE DRAGON Bright Lights Bigger City Wildfire HIP HOP - FUNK/SOUL ELECTRONIC
BECK Morning POP ROCK/FOLK/COUNTRY

The midrange frequencies, typically between 250Hz-4kHz

A. Low-Mid: Center Frequency 500Hz Frequency Range: 320-640Hz
  • Sound Characteristics: Projection, Presence
  • Sound Colorations: Tubelike, Tunelly, Honky
  • Examples of instruments sound: Texture balance, Horn effect on Vocals, Bassline Attack & Clarity

B. Mid-Midrange: Center Frequency 1kHz Frequency Range: 640Hz-1.25kHz
  • Sound Characteristics: Focused & Loud Projection, Whack, Attack
  • Sound Colorations: Cuplike, Honky, Nasal
  • Examples of instruments sound: Attack on snare drum, guitar and percussion, "phone effect" on vocals

C. Upper-Mid: Center Frequency 2kHz Frequency Range: 1.25-2.5kHz
  • Sound Characteristics: Crunch, Crispy, Musical, Natural, Intense of Sound
  • Sound Colorations: Nasal, Hard, Gritty
  • Examples of instruments sound: Vocals Articulation, Guitars liveliness

ARTIST TRACK GENRE
MUDDY WATERS You Gonna Need My Help BLUES
DIANA KRALL I've Got You Under My Skin JAZZ
FRANK SINATRA It Was A Very Good Year JAZZ
ANNE SOFIE VON OTTER, ELVIS COSTELLO Baby Plays Around CLASSIC JAZZ
JONI MITCHELL Carey FOLK/COUNTRY
TOM WAITS I Hope That I Don't Fall In Love With You BLUES/COUNTRY

The high frequencies, typically above 4kHz.

A. Low-Treble: Center Frequency 4kHz Frequency Range: 2.5-5kHz
  • Sound Characteristics: Clarity, Presence, Edge, Detail
  • Sound Colorations: Upper hardness, Wiry, Harshness
  • Examples of instruments sound: Vocals Clarity, and Detail, Toms Attack, Snare Crispness, Violin & Piccolo Harmonics, Clarity of any instrument taking a solo

B. Mid-Treble: Center Frequency 8kHz Frequency Range: 5kHz-10kHz
  • Sound Characteristics: Crystal, Metallic, Sizzle, Brightness, Brilliance, Detail, Air
  • Sound Colorations: Sharp, Metallic, Sibilant
  • Examples of instruments sound: Attack on snare drum, guitar and percussion, "phone effect" on vocals Cymbals, Synths, Metallic Percussion, Steel string instruments, Snare crispness, Electric guitar air/sizzle

C. Upper-Treble: Center Frequency 16kHz Frequency Range: 10-20kHz
  • Sound Characteristics: Air, Openness, Light, Crispy, Delicate
  • Sound Colorations: Fizzy, Gritty, Hiss
  • Examples of instruments sound: Hi-hat & Cymbals, Adds ambience to all sounds

ARTIST TRACK GENRE
STEELY DAN Do It Again POP/ROCK
USEF LATEEF Bishop School JAZZ
STEEL PULSE Handsworth Revolution REGGAE
MILES DAVIS Concierto de Aranjuez: Adagio JAZZ
ARNE DOMNÉRUS High Life JAZZ
JOHN WILLIAMS Jurassic Park Main Theme STAGE & SCREEN
ALICE COLTRANE A Love Supreme JAZZ

Enjoy, like and share all of our 9 PLAYLISTS with The Best Tracks to Test every aspect of sound performance.
(ITU-R BS.1284-2 (01/2019) Recommendation)

  • 1. Your SPEAKERS & HEADPHONES
  • 2. SPATIAL IMPRESSION
  • 3. STEREO IMPRESSION - IMAGING, 3-Directional Soundstage Width, Depth, Height & Focus
  • 4. SOUND BALANCE & Dynamics
  • 5. TRANSPARENCY, Rhythm & Timing
  • 6. TIMBRE, Attack & Decay
  • 7. BASS
  • 8. MIDRANGE
  • 9. TREBLE


ARTIST TRACK GENRE
EAGLES Hotel California CLASSIC ROCK
BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS Turn Your Lights Down Low REGGAE
WINTERPLAY Billie Jean JAZZ
DAFT PUNK FEAT. PH. WILLIAMS Get Lucky ELECTRONIC/POP
DIANA KRALL I've Got You Under My Skin JAZZ
AHMAD JAMAL Poinciana JAZZ
JOSE JAMES Trouble JAZZ
JACO PASTORIUS Come On, Come Over JAZZ/FUNK/SOUL
JOHN PRINE Angel from Montgomery FOLK/COUNTRY
GREGORY PORTER Holding On JAZZ/FUNK/SOUL
ZZ TOP Blue Jeans Blues ROCK/BLUES
QUEEN Bohemian Rhapsody ROCK
STEELY DAN Jack Of Speed ROCK/JAZZ
LEONARD BERNSTEIN, G. GERSWIN Rhapsody in Blue CLASSICAL
ARNE DOMNÉRUS High Life JAZZ
STU PHILLIPS Theme from Battlestar Galactica STAGE & SCREEN
RADIO SYMPHONIE ORCHESTER BERLIN Stravinsky - The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) CLASSICAL
CROOKED STILL Little Sadie FOLK/COUNTRY
CEE-LO GREEN Bright Lights Bigger City HIP HOP - FUNK/SOUL
THUNDERCAT Uh Uh JAZZ
BILLY COBHAM Stratus JAZZ
FAT FREDDY'S DROP JENNIFER WARNES Del Fuego Bird On A Wire ELECTRONIC POP/ROCK
TRONDHEIMSOLISTENE Mozart: Violin Concerto No4 in D Major CLASSICAL
S. PROKOFIEV, BERLIN PHILARMONIC Romeo & Juliet n2, Montagues & Capulets CLASSICAL