Twenty Audio Exercises that You Can Do at Home

We have created exercises, experiments and tests that you can do at home for fun and profit. We can all agree that the better our stereos sound, the more enjoyable they become. Learning how to get better sound from the equipment and recordings you own doesn’t cost a dime. It simply requires that you improve your critical listening skills.

Those skills develop through practice, by challenging yourself to understand what is really on your records — to figure out, to the best of your ability, what is right and what is wrong on every record you own. Same with your stereo. You can’t fix a problem that you haven’t yet recognized is a problem, right?

To get started please make sure you have read our Introduction to Better Records explaining what we do and how we do it, since we feel our approach can and will work for anyone. Also the link How to Become an Expert Listener should be helpful. That should get you off to a good start.

We have another whole section of commentaries about Audio Issues on the site as well.

Happy listening from all of us at Better Records.


Lena Horne & Gabor Szabo – Lena & Gabor
Now That’s a Good Sounding Drum Kit!
(#hornelenaa_wtlf)
by Buddah Records

The Moody Blues – In Search Of The Lost Chord
Listening in Depth
(#moodyinsea_listen)
by Deram LP

The Fleetwood Mac You Don’t Know
The Self-Titled First Album & English Rose
(#fleetblack_wtlf)
by Epic LP

Simon & Garfunkel – Bookends
Listening in Depth
(#simonbooke_depth)
by Columbia Records

Derek and The Dominos – Layla
Listening in Depth
(#dereklayla_listen)
by Polydor LP

Michael Jackson’s Off The Wall Vs. Thriller
Who’s Got the Tubey Magic?
(#jacksoffth_wtlf)
by Epic LP

Stephen Stills – Stephen Stills
What to Listen For
(#stillsteph_wtlf)
by Atlantic LP

Crosby / Nash – Graham Nash/ David Crosby
Listening in Depth
(#crosbgraha_wtlf)
by Atlantic LP

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – 4 Way Street

(#crosb4ways_wtlf)
by Atlantic LP

The Beatles – Let It Be
John’s Really Digging a Pony. Are You?
(#beatlletit_dig_a_pony)
by Apple Records LP

Jellyfish’s Bellybutton
Not a Perfect Recording, a Good One for Testing Though
(#jellybelly_test_2016)
by Charisma

The Rolling Stones – Let It Bleed
Listening in Depth
(#rolliletit_wtlf)
by London LP

Prokofiev / Symphonies No. 1 & 7
Seventies EMI Classical LPs and Vintage Tube Playback
(#prokosym1_emi)
by EMI

James Taylor – Sweet Baby James
Listening in Depth
(#taylosweet_depth)
by Warner Brothers LP

Dick Schory – Music for Bang, Baa-room and Harp
Check Your Polarity!
(#schorbangb_LSP1866_2016)
by RCA LP

Badfinger – Straight Up
What to Listen For
(#badfistrai_wtlf)
by Apple Records LP

Christopher Cross – Christopher Cross
What to Listen For
(#crosschris_wtlf)
by Warner Brothers LP

The Beatles – Magical Mystery Tour
Are Your Cellists Digging In?
(#beatlmagic_walruscellos)
by German Import LP

Rimsky-Korsakov / The Tale of Tsar Saltan / Ansermet
What to Listen For – The Triangle
(#rimsktaleo_6012_wtlf)
by London LP

Queen – The Game
What to Listen For
(#queenthega_wtlf)
by Elektra LP
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