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17 of 23 speakers in my studio and home theater systems are internally powered. My studio system is all Genelec and sounds very accurate. I know the best new concert and studio speakers are internally powered there are great technical reasons to design a speaker and an amp synergistically, this concept is much more important to sound quality than the vibration systems we often buy. How can an audiophile justify a vibration system of any sort with this in mind.


Re: the marketing question, are expensive products for a bunch of arrogant suckers with cash to dispose of? I think the companies that have been around a while have stayed around because of customer satisfaction. The new companies going against them may rely on grossly overstating their products, but how can they stay in business for very long? 

I think the issue is wasting money on mismatched components and rooms, not the dealers and manufacturers.

@lonemountain ,

Was directed at me? I am not sure I understand the question.

An open question:  Is this above statement about change something audiophiles agree with?

I expect little I say is something that audiophiles agree with 😁  Fortunately, I just have to make speakers that are transparent, not claim to be. There is, as noted so much lost in the translation from live music that it seems like an obtuse goal, but for what my customers mainly do, real transparency, which effectively is low distortion and controlled dispersion, is a real goal.


@thespeakerdude No, not at you!  I was commenting on your most recent transparency post where you talk about amplifiers.

@thespeakerdude wrote:

Audiophiles like to use the word transparency. At moderate listening levels, the speaker will always be least transparent part perhaps with the exception of a turntable. No external amplifier that is not designed to interact with and drive one specific driver, in one specific configuration, can achieve the transparency of an application specific amplification.

As they say: are you gonna balk all day, little dog, or are you gonna bite? That's just quoting to my immediate recollection of the completeness of this saying, so nothing really implied wrt. "little dog" as such, but being you and a few others here are so much into this intricate amp-driver match, so much so indeed that it would seem you're loosing sight of the forest for the trees (while smelling some bull as well), why don't you name me a few brands/models of active, bundled speakers that adhere in some fitting form to your strict standards here, and I'll attempt to seek them out to the best of my abilities as brand/model availability allows locally, and give them a thorough listen. Others around here would have the same opportunity also, and hear for themselves what all this is supposedly about. I know, you're apparently affiliated with a manufacturer yourself - alas, one you can't reveal - but maybe you could "hide" your own representative among a selection of, say, 4-5 brands/models, and I might be lucky to catch it of the bunch in random fashion. If nothing else I might be able to listen to just on of them and assess for myself what this claimed über amp-driver match transparency trait is all about (maybe I have made this encounter already without knowing it, and I didn't really make a thing of it either way), and if it moves mountains in the whole scheme of things combined with their overall design and implementation. 

To me you're just hiding behind it all, making the claims you do. Give us something to go by, or it's just hot air. I believe we agree on much more than what would seem, but this whole esoterically-laden secret-sauce amp-driver match baloney grew old a long time ago in your efforts to lessen the advantages of active if it isn't per your approach. What's there for all to see however, if they went at it themselves, is that getting rid of the passive cross-over for amp-driver direct-control is the major boon in itself and the meat and potatoes of active configuration. You go outboard active there are several aspects in dedication between amps and drivers that can be made, not least to ones own taste, and you have carte blanche wrt. the drivers, speaker design and size you want couple it with, along with the remaining gear. Forest for the trees, my friends..

@phusis ,

How would you listen for transparency? What does it sound like? Have you heard it before? Do you know what relative distortion sounds like in a speaker over any given frequency range? at a particular sound intensity? What would you use to listen for it? Do you know the pedigree of that recording and the signal / processing chain to know the level of transparency from the time the sound was created till it comes off the recording medium?

this whole esoterically-laden secret-sauce amp-driver match baloney

When you understand the intricacies of driving a traditional dynamic driver or AMT in the most linear possible fashion, at all signal levels, with complex waveforms, perhaps your attitude will be warranted.