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PostPosted: Tue Feb 11, 2014 7:19 pm    Post subject: Good sounding speakers-old and new-no good answers Reply with quote

It has been established that everyone hears differently, and that causes many people to be mislead. That business of the sound being absolutely 'flat' across the entire sound spectrum seems to always disappoint. First-hand experience in my two audio shops from back in the day proved that point to me. I deliberately had a listening area for just such a comparison. Most people 'could not stand' a perfectly flat speaker. Loudness above 90db, set most people off, yet others wanted to 'crank it'.
Listening material: Those vinyl discs were cut and mastered for the technology of their time, and that meant limited low frequencies and cut offs on the highs. Later LP's did get enhanced treatment, and those became 'reference cuts'. Most of us nuts have some of those. Since most of us do not carry as spectrum analyzer in out pockets when we travel to our favorite high-end shop, we try to depend upon our poor ears, and what the salesmen tell us. He spends most of his time sizing up the size and thickness of your wallet! Choose what sounds pleasant to you. Listen for at least a half an hour. Only buy if you have a satisfaction guarantee from them if they do not sound 'good' in your listening space.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 11, 2014 7:19 pm    Post subject: Good sounding speakers-old and new-no good answers Reply with quote

It has been established that everyone hears differently, and that causes many people to be mislead. That business of the sound being absolutely 'flat' across the entire sound spectrum seems to always disappoint. First-hand experience in my two audio shops from back in the day proved that point to me. I deliberately had a listening area for just such a comparison. Most people 'could not stand' a perfectly flat speaker. Loudness above 90db, set most people off, yet others wanted to 'crank it'.
Listening material: Those vinyl discs were cut and mastered for the technology of their time, and that meant limited low frequencies and cut offs on the highs. Later LP's did get enhanced treatment, and those became 'reference cuts'. Most of us nuts have some of those. Since most of us do not carry as spectrum analyzer in out pockets when we travel to our favorite high-end shop, we try to depend upon our poor ears, and what the salesmen tell us. He spends most of his time sizing up the size and thickness of your wallet! Choose what sounds pleasant to you. Listen for at least a half an hour. Only buy if you have a satisfaction guarantee from them if they do not sound 'good' in your listening space.
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