Melody Gardot – Your Heart is as Black as Night (CD)
A friend of mine turned me on to this song as a reference source when he attended the Houston GTG back in November and it has easily gone to number one on my list when I am listening for how well a speaker images. This song can undoubtedly thrust you straight into a scene in your mind of a smoke filled jazz bar with Melody Gardot front and center and dead silence from the audience captivated by her velvet silky voice. To say I was surprised by the response of these speakers is a gross understatement. The imaging was flawless and the reproduction was full and very rich sounding. I could not detect any deficiencies at all. The piano came through with a very smooth, articulate and precise presentation and the lackadaisical nature of the lazy brushes on the snare were clear and added great ambiance to the entire song. Of course it would not be complete without the sultry vocal styling of Melody Gardot were perfect. Five Finger Death Punch – Far From Home (Spotify)
Not the type of band that would normally follow someone such Melody Gardot but Far From Home by Five Finger Death Punch has also become one of my favorite reference pieces for subjective speaker listening tests. The raspy yet authoritative voice of Ivan Moody fills this song with tons of emotion and is the perfect balance to the sharp staccato picking of the acoustic guitars as well as to the punchy electric guitars and impactful bass drums during the chorus bridge of the song. The EA300SW really shined on this tune by delivering another perfect representation of this emotion filled song. Kiyoshi Yoshida – Rising Sun (CD)
I really like this particular song because of the use of so many instruments. The wind instruments, the strings and the percussion all form a great pallet for this type of subjective listening test. From the plucky intro to the grand crescendo it really offers a very dynamic listening experience. Once again the EA300SW deliver on their promise with authority. Yes, we did have complaints by the neighbors but mostly because they would have preferred that I used Van Halen or Foreigner for my subjective listening tests. The Black Crowes – She Talks to Angels (MP3)
It seemed like the perfect weather for a song like this. After all, it was 78 degrees outside in January and I was cooking on the grill so it seemed to fit in nicely. The acoustic guitars were very full and crisp sounding, especially on the bottom end. Acoustic guitar is a great test for me when it comes to speakers. I love a sharp yet full bodied sound of an acoustic, especially with a nice staccato picking pattern and while this particular song does not possess the picking patterns, it has the rest of it an the EA300SWs delivered perfectly.