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Testing your audio equipment

Testing your audio equipment

Here at Damson HQ, we like to think we know our music. You would certainly hope so considering we make a living out of creating things to play your music through….


To this end, we thought we would let you know a few tips on what to test your new speakers or headphones with. Music is incredibly subjective, so there is no right or wrong type of track to use, but here is what we would use when it comes to the incredibly important fine-tuning of audio equipment….


First, the easy stuff. Essentially, if your equipment doesn’t make these sound unreal, you’re in trouble. Not a problem with our products, that’s for sure.


Pristine, clean recordings

Woodkid - Iron

Kaleo – Way down we go

The Horrors – Something To Remember Me By

Rolling Stones – Shine A Light

Elbow - One Day Like This


Next, we have the more intricate tracks. A great audio product should make it easy for you to pick up on the switches between individual instruments, and allow you to hear the subtleties with the vocal acrobatics (If vocals are used) going on. Close your eyes and you can easily picture yourself watching these live.


Wide, Dynamic, Vast

Young Fathers – In My View

Daft Punk - Contact

Sigur Ros – Sauglopur

Pink Floyd – Money

Hans Zimmer - Time


Everyone has their favourite’s don’t they? Imagine buying audio equipment, blasting your favourite track through it, and being totally, and unequivocally, unmoved. That just will not do. It’s not the music’s fault, it’s how you are listening to it. This caused plenty of debate (arguments), but essentially, listening to any of these through great audio equipment (Damson products, obviously), will make you tap your foot, nod your head, and sometimes (usually after too much alcohol) lose control of your body. And that’s not a bad thing.


Foot tap/head nod-a-bility

Childish Gambino – Redbone

Leon Bridges – Bad Bad News

Biffy Clyro – The Captain

!!! – Freedom ‘15

Bibio – A Tout a l’heaure


Bass is a funny thing to discuss when it comes to testing equipment. A quiet bass line is very noticeable, but one that’s too meaty is often too overbearing, and in some circumstances, can ruin your listening experience. Check out our varied selection, from loud "womp womp" bass, to ever so subtle bass undercurrent, all of these can be used to show off your audio equipment’s range.



Radiohead - Idioteque

Thundercat – Them Changes 

UNKLE – Burn My Shadow

The Flaming Lips – In the Morning Of The Magicians

The National - England


Our last tracks sound good on absolutely anything. Headphones, speakers, wired, Bluetooth, noise cancelling, in the studio, the LOT. Whichever product you are testing, if you can’t listen to these all the way through without wanting to skip, there’s something seriously wrong. I may be a little biased as these are favourites within the office, but, they are so for a reason. They are incredible and give the listener a hell of a lot of audio satisfaction. Enjoy!


Damson recommends

Bon Iver – Perth

Led Zeppelin – Immigrant Song

Foo Fighters – Everlong

Todd Terje – Inspector Norse

Muse – Knights Of Cydonia



We want to make sure that you get the absolute best out of your products and bring amazing sound quality into your lives!


Let us know what you think of our selection, and by all means, let us know what your go-to tracks for testing would be – HAPPY LISTENING!