Let's face it. We all want optimum audio system performance in our car. Now there may be a simple way to test car audio and do it with our favorite tunes to boot. An audio engineer with General Motors by the name of Matt Kirsch let the cat out of the bag and advised that there are particular tunes you can play on your car's audio system to evaluate its performance. His top 10 hits for testing include:
Joan Baez - "Diamonds and Rust"
"Diamonds and Rust" is a good song to listen to in order to test strong vocals and whether the instruments are playing across a wide sound stage.
The Eagles - "Hotel California"
"Hotel California" is an ideal tune to assess clarity and dynamic range, especially during the opening guitar solo and the performance of the drum beat.
The Black Eyed Peas - "Boom Boom Pow" and "Rock That Body"
"Boom Boom Pow" helps to see if your system is reproducing powerful, accurate bass beats.
Rock That Body" to assess clear lyrics over a powerful, persistent bass beat.
Imogen Heap - "Hide and See"
"Hide and Seek" can be used to test the enveloping ambiance of a song and openness and dynamics of the vocals.
Mark Keali'i Ho'omalu - "He Mele No Lilo"
"He Mele No Lilo" is good to determine whether the system is performing the ambiance and staging properly.
Johnny Cash - "Bird on a Wire"
"Bird on a Wire" is ideal for clarity of Cash's distinctive voice as well as whether the guitar sounds natural.
Radiohead - "Packt Like Sardines in a Crushd Tin Box"
"Packt Like Sardines in a Crushd Tin Box" is good to see if the system plays the punch from percussive bass and the ring of the steel drums properly.
Norah Jones - "Don't Know Why"
Kirsch says that "Don't Know Why" is a good song to determine if your car audio system is reproducing a natural sounding voice and whether the sound is centered in front of you.
Alicia Keys - "No One"
"No One" is a good song to listen for clarity in the vocals and spacious background sound.