I'm never going to hear a megaspeaker in a good room am I?

Was thinking about something. There’s a thread about good $40K speakers which made me think that honestly despite hearing a lot of them at shows, I’ve never heard one in a decent environment. Now, perhaps we can argue:

If it doesn’t sound good anywhere, including a hotel room, is it really that good a speaker?

But let’s not go that route. But I am thinking to myself, in well treated rooms the best speakers I’ve heard were merely mid-range Wilsons and Magicos. I say "merely" because they were under $40k, not because of performance. The two best speakers I’ve heard, in medicore rooms were the SF Stradivari and Snell A/III, and top of the line Vandersteen.

All the $40K + speakers I’ve heard have been at shows, and either very badly treated rooms, or in halls so big the first reflection point was like a mountain echo. Am I ever going to get to listen to $40K+ speakers in great rooms anywhere again??

As a result, I’ve developed a severe bias against the performance of mega speakers, because I only ever hear them in terrible rooms and have not heard one I’d spend money for, and honestly that's unfair to them.


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and just as happy to provide you with trickle down technology in the $1,400 a pair 1 ci, made here in Marica, in California no less....ha

since 1977
Eric - did you settle on where ? There is super excellent Vandy dealers in Atlanta and Verona NJ. Best ever sound I have heard out of the MBL in a sleepy University town in SC...

IF you want to improve your DIY consider cabinet wothin a cabinet w constrained layer damping between the cabinets.

ignore the Troll, he cant , Kant get no satisfaction....well i guess Trolls plural....maybe they are brothers ?
to be fair you can get pretty close with the $30 K Quattro CT and that includes the M5 amp, perfectly designed for the load....ponder that “ unfair advantage “.....
Eric get the to Seattle post covid and you can hear the 7 mk 2 and the 7 high pass amplifiers in a decently treated room. There is, alas a window...but the view can be mesmerizing....

and yes, Helmut Brinkmann and Richard Vandersteen get excellent sound at the Munich show. NOT an accident.

enjoy your quest !!!
so much so that the 11 band EQ centers are not octave based but are centered on typical residential room modes....

some thinking....went into that....