Sound testing

At GadgetGuy, we believe it’s important to have a strong methodology for testing equipment, which is why we try to keep things to a specific standard when we test products for review.

For instance, with phones, we run the phone through the course of a regular day, making sure to include email accounts, web surfing, taking pictures, and of course, making phone calls.

Computers are tested by using them to write the review, with web surfing, email checking and writing, and the odd game, testing the battery all throughout this process.

And with audio, we need to have a consistent audio playlist that we can check between devices, both headphones and powered speakers.

For that last part, we’ve decided to open up our audio testing playlist via Spotify so you can listen to it as well.

In 2015, our playlist was a good 50 tracks long, an experiment which we thought would provide plenty of selection — which it did — but also made reviewing products a little too time consuming. As a result of this, we’re kicking in our 2016 playlist early, and reviews from November 2015 onwards will rely on the GadgetGuy 2016 Sound Test playlist, as seen below.

A first for our yearly changing playlist, the 2016 playlist will also have FLAC options, with the files on our testing devices provided in either 16- or 24-bit depth lossless.

The playlist can also be played through various streaming media solutions, however, including Spotify and Google Play Music, among others.

GadgetGuy 2016 Sound Test

With the 2016 Sound Test playlist, we’ve brought the number of tracks from 50 back down to a more manageable 20, which in turn also brings the runtime from over 4 hours to an hour and a half.

GadgetGuy’s 2016 playlist can be found playable through Spotify:

If you’re interested in hearing this on a regular basis and testing the playlist on your own devices, you’ll find it on the following services:

From a lossless point of view, the files are provided in the following formats:

  1. Propellerheads – Take California (16-bit, 44.1kHz)
  2. Imogen Heap – Headlock (24-bit, 44.1kHz)
  3. Demi Lovato – Cool For The Summer (24-bit, 44.1kHz)
  4. The Weeknd – Can’t Feel My Face (24-bit, 44.1kHz)
  5. Daft Punk – Get Lucky (24-bit, 88.2kHz)
  6. Mark Ronson – Uptown Funk (24-bit, 88.2kHz)
  7. Michael Jackson – Billie Jean (24-bit, 176kHz)
  8. Marvin Gaye –  Ain’t No Mountain High Enough (24-bit, 96kHz)
  9. Sara Bareilles – Brave (24-bit, 88.2kHz)
  10. Ben Folds – Phone In A Pool (24-bit, 96kHz)
  11. Radiohead – Exit Music (For A Film) (16-bit, 44.1kHz)
  12. Nirvana – Come As You Are (24-bit, 96kHz)
  13. Muse – Psycho (24-bit, 96kHz)
  14. The Who – Won’t Get Fooled Again (24-bit, 96kHz)
  15. The Beach Boys – Wouldn’t It Be Nice (24-bit, 192kHz)
  16. Dave Brubeck – Take Five (24-bit, 176kHz)
  17. Miles Davis – So What (24-bit, 192kHz)
  18. Christian McBride & Angelique Kidjo – Afirika (24-bit, 96kHz)
  19. Claude Bolling & Yo-Yo Ma – Baroque In Rhythm (16-bit, 44.1kHz)
  20. Nigel Kennedy – Winter: To Shiver, Frozen (16-bit, 44.1kHz)

Total runtime 1:34:44

GadgetGuy 2015 Sound Test

For our 2015 playlist, 49 tracks can be found providing a more varied playlist of both old and new tracks, though one more is included in our official playlist, with “A Day In The Life” from The Beatles’ “LOVE” also present, but which is not available on either Spotify or Google Play Music.

GadgetGuy’s 2015 sound test follows the playlist below:

If you’re keen to subscribe to the playlist under various accounts, you can do so with the following links:

GadgetGuy 2014 Sound Test

In 2014, we used a different sound test with 30 tracks made of both old and new music, which you can find in the below Spotify playlist. Reviews from January 2014 to March 2015 relied on this playlist.