We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The speakers on a stock Windows system do not sound their best. You need to make a small adjustment or two.
First, start playing a rock song (or anything with a good bass track) in the background.
— Open Control Panel, 'Sound'
— Click on 'Speakers', 'Properties'
— Click on the 'Enhancements' tab
— Check the 'Loudness Equalization' box, then 'Apply' down below. It should either stay the same or get a bit louder. This feature plays quieter-than-normal songs slightly louder to compensate.
— If you don't have a subwoofer on your system, you might want to check the 'Bass Boost' box, then 'Apply' and see what you think. It might lower the overall volume a tad but the bass will be louder.
To make sure the overall volume of the system is up, there should be a little speaker icon in the SysTray on the right side of the Task Bar. Click on it and slide the volume all the way up.
With that taken care of, it's time for a system test. Ideally, we want a sound file that will test low frequency response, high frequency response, transient response, tracking and speaker balance.
Thankfully, there's a cut on the 1974 National Lampoon Stereo Test And Demonstration Record that satisfies all of these grueling parameters. Turn your speakers way up, make sure you're right in between them, and listen carefully:
"Well, good luck!"
The entire album can be downloaded here, although be forewarned that the above stands alone in its majesty — rusty, vibrant tang and all.
Glad you enjoyed! As I noted, the rest of the cuts aren't anywhere near this thing, although some of them are kinda cute. There's one where one speaker is a guy and the other is a gal and they start off with a 'phase test' and end up bitching and yelling at each other. When it comes to parody and satire, no one's ever topped National Lampoon.
Geez, that was good. I honestly thought the low rumble of the trains would be the 'low frequency' test, the train whistles would be the 'high frequency' test, etc, etc, only to discover that they had taken the 'next step' in realistic stereo testing.
I'm also happy to report that my turntable actually did manage to remain on the shelf, so I'm quite proud about that.
It's here! I've been wanting to hear this again for years. The full download was really appreciated. And the way the above was 'framed' was just perfect. Ho-hum, just another stereo test. Thanks so much!