The truth about high end speakers MUST READ


We audiophiles are a fussy discerning bunch who demand very specific requirements when it comes to what we hear.
The problem is that these requirements are seldom met no matter how much you spend on speakers. 

Forums like this indicate that audiophiles are trapped in a cycle of neverending upgrades and dissatisfaction no matter how much is spent.

We have been deceived into believing that a "one size fits all" speaker that has been designed by an "expert" who knows better than we do about our requirements, will be ok. This is obviously not the case since every audiophile has a different hearing response curve and different preference. 

If you choose a speaker that has a rising response with frequency, and you prefer a darker sound then its not going to matter whether it uses diamond or berylium, or mdf or aluminium cabinets, or a 4th order or 1st order crossover.

Its not going to matter if the designer has a phd in physics or decades of experience in speaker design because its YOUR hearing that needs to be satisfied not THEIRS.

We are being duped folks. The best you can expect out of all these high end speakers is substandard satisfaction for a few years before you get fed up and decide to UPGRADE!

In conclusion, the notion of a high end speaker is in fact a myth. No such thing exists. Buying a high end speaker is a complete gamble and most audiophiles end up losing not winning. The only winners are the speaker manufactures because as long as they continue to sell, they continue to profit. 

Its also impossible to compare all the different speakers out there in the comfort of our homes so the dealers obviously dont make it any easier for us audiophiles. Its pointless going to a store demo since thats not where youre going to be listening once you buy the speaker. We are getting a raw deal. 

Thankyou for reading. 






kenjit
Speaker/amplifier synergy is probably the most important thing.I am not so sure about the claim that the concept of a high end speaker being a myth however.Recently I have been listening to Dynaudio stand mounts speakers and to me there seems to be an obvious direct relationship between price and sound quality.Most of them a really not very good.But most stand mount speakers aren't very good regardless of brand.However the most expensive one they make which is the Confidence C1 Platinum  which would be thought of as a high end model is vastly better than the cheaper models.


My first true high end speakers were Linaeum Model 10 bought when I wasn't even looking for speakers. They just happened to be the demo speakers when I went to hear something else at Corner Audio in Portland. The sound was so natural and involving, with so much emotion and with the most incredible 3D holographic imaging that it was my wife who asked if we could buy them. Of course I said yes! 

It was obvious from the beginning these speakers were very prominent and warm in the mid-bass. But everything else was so wonderful we were very happy with them for many years.

Until Stewart at Weekend Environments let me listen to a pair of Talon Khorus. It was obvious from the beginning they do not have quite the same magic as the Model 10, or holographic imaging, but they do a lot of other things very well and without so much mid-bass emphasis. Its now well over 15 years and so many system improvements yet they still shine and please me no end.

Neither one of these was auditioned at home prior to buying. Both of them sounded when I brought them home just as I expected they would based on what I had heard in the demo.

But then I am a skilled and experienced listener. It took a lot of work getting there, and it wasn't at all easy, but I got to where I had a pretty good idea what I'm hearing and why. Maybe that's the problem?
@jtgofish 

a standmount will not reach 20hz so its pointless spending alot of money on one. Youre not going to be hearing anything below 50hz so its already a compromise
@millercarbon Not every audiophile can afford to continue upgrading, and some audiophiles may actually genuinely believe theyve reached their goal because theyve never had the chance to hear anything thats genuinely satisfying.
I dont buy your claim that you have reached your goal. Ive just explained why its not possible.

The speaker you own was not optimised for YOUR ears or listening room or music or taste it was optimised for the designers’.



Actually the Dynaudio C1s go down to about 40Hz.And none of the music I listen to has content  much below that anyway.I tend to agree that stand mounts are generally a compromised and I have owned plenty but was really surprised by how good those Dynaudios sound.Perhaps it is worth listening to a pair.It might make you rethink your hypothesis.
I've got a couple of pairs of speakers that I've had for 5 and 7 years.  I'm completely satisfied and have no desire to upgrade them.  They don't need to be optimized to my ears, obviously.  They just need to reproduce what is fed them as well as possible.  
I'm uncertain if this is serious or an attempt at humor. Everything is a compromise. No one is selling actual perfection. 
Actually the Dynaudio C1s go down to about 40Hz

But its not going to be flat and its not going to go down to 40hz with less effort than an 10 inch woofer would in an even bigger cabinet. 
So a standmount is not the answer is it
They don't need to be optimized to my ears, obviously.  

in which case youre not a discerning audiophile and this thread is not intended for you. 
What exactly are you proposing we should all do ?
Wow, millercarbon...you've been happy with the Talon Khorus?

I auditioned a Talon speaker in my home (small version of the Khorus) and, er...well...it was one of the weirder audio experiences I've had.That brand, at least at that time, was one where it was best to avert your eyes from any measurements.  (The measurements of the Khorus over at Soundstage pretty much look like what I heard).

So I'm kind of shocked whenever I hear of someone who owns those speakers.

But...then...who am I to speak?  I've enjoyed all sorts of speakers including ones that measure somewhat weird.




So, I suspect you have a point you want to make...Maybe even a solution for that "discerning audiophile" who can't seem to find happiness listening to reproduced music?  
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On 4/30/2019 Kenjit,  you made a post which was similar to what you are posting today.  If you had enough money to afford some of the remarkable speakers which exist in today’s market, you wouldn’t  be posting such unfounded accusations against speaker manufacturers, but instead you’d be listening to and be amazed at what is possible with today’s speaker technology.  
I'm a perfectly discerning audiophile.  The problem here is that you can't think so reasonable discourse is not for you.  I'm not even going to try.  
@janmnov Have you had a hearing test?
We all have the same basic listening apparatus built into our heads.  No one can hear the frequencies of a bat or an elephant, unless you are a superhero.  I can go and get my eyes checked by an ophthalmologist and they can rate my vision and tell me whether I need bifocals and what my exact prescription is.  They can even tell me how my vision has changed over the last couple of years. I can do the same with an audiologist.  They can test my hearing at various frequencies and volumes and make basic recommendations.  Even if we were able to pair an audiologist's recommendation with various speaker and amp designs you would still have to take the listening room and acoustic dampening into account, and I suppose the interconnects, etc.  There are a lot of variables with any audio system.  If you want to simplify things, then go with headphones.  With that said, I do enjoy checking out other people's systems and reading reviews.  And it is a hobby, so tweaking and tuning is part of the fun.  I'll never own a lamborghini, but occasionally I still check them out.  If I could just buy one at walmart, then i probably wouldn't.
Very good topic. I am of the belief that you do not want “ reference” anything. You want a system that sounds real in Your space. And you put  components together with complementary voices not like voices further compounding what you like into a sound to far one way than middle of what you like. You can spend all the money on the world on over priced hype and then see it right away for sale because it didnt suit the environment or adjoining equipment . 
kenjit
I'm going to ask you again
What exactly are you proposing we should all do ?
Should we all not have a system like you ?  Taking that from a post you made back on 5-24


I have perfect hearing and enough sense to now ignore this post as others have suggested.  
kenjit
Here's your exact post as you responded to someone else on 5-24
"I don't have a current system. None that meet my standards can be found for a reasonable cost or perhaps even at any cost. "

The room and interaction with other components all impact a speakers performance. So buying without auditioning in your home is tough. If that’s your point I agree. Personally I don’t buy brand new speakers because I will modify them to suit me. And I treat the room to suit me as well. Is that your point? Many people treat their rooms too -so yes they are optimizing their speakers/room to their ears -as you suggest. If that’s not your point then what is? Are you suggesting something? Btw- It’s a hobby. If people are happy exploring equipment and speakers that’s great. If Others think it’s a waste of money why would they care? 
At the moment I’m running some slightly tweeked Boston Acoustics Vr40s. I’ve had JBLs,B&Ws, and KEFs. Granted there are way costlier speakers. All of which I sold for more than I paid for these and to me the vr-40s sound better. To each their own if you like your speakers who cares how much the cost or what brand they are. I wanna enjoy the music not show people how much money I can spend.
@facten   Its true that i dont currently have a system. Why did you feel the need to check my old posts?

I am not proposing a solution or claiming that i have the solution. 
Perhaps a custom made or DIY speaker would be one possibility. Or modifying an existing speaker. 

But not owning a system is just as bad as spending thousands of dollars on a speaker that does not really meet your requirements. 

A few people here suggest that they feel no need to upgrade and that theyve found something satisfying. Hogwash. 

If you are a garden variety music listener, then a garden variety commercial speaker will suit you perfectly. 

Thats what high end speakers actually are. Theyre mass produced garden variety glorified speakers with gloss finish to make you think youre getting your moneys worth. How would a speaker designer know what kind of sound quality you or I want? 


kenjit - the car that you bought was optimized for the roads that the designers drive on, NOT the roads that YOU drive on. You’ve been DUPED buddy. 

Many people treat their rooms too -so yes they are optimizing their speakers/room to their ears -as you suggest. If that’s not your point then what is? Are you suggesting something? Btw- It’s a hobby. If people are happy exploring equipment and speakers that’s great. If Others think it’s a waste of money why would they care?
@vinylfan62  Actually as far as i know many audiophiles do not treat their rooms. That aspect is never mentioned in hifi reviews either. Ive been to hifi shows and dealers. No treatment in most cases. And most treatment is useless for bass anyway. 

But youre right. The room is obviously part of the optimisation. Thats exactly my point. But the room is only one aspect of it. The crossover, the drivers, the cabinet, the frequency response, are all variables that need to be optimised. 

Nobody wants to waste time and effort, do they? Its a hobby but whats the end goal? The end goal is maximum enjoyment of your music. Thats my assumption. 




Kenjit is getting a rise out of all of us.  The bland points that everyone's hearing is different and we won't necessarily agree with a speaker engineer's claims of audio nirvana bore me.  Who cares?  I enjoy hearing my Veritas every time I throw them on.  I've enjoyed swapping power amps and cables to get something new out of them.  I enjoy buying 2nd hand inexpensively, experiencing the equipment for some time, and then trading up to something different and allowing someone else to experience my previous joy.  I love the amazing audio quality I have achieved on a budget just as much as I enjoy far more expensive & capable audio systems.  I've found something enjoyable with each speaker or amp I've used, as well as found incremental room for improvement. The quest is part of the experience. There is no destination for me, just a passion for experiencing great music on great gear.  I think that is reason enough to stay the course and continue the audiophile journey.  Kenjit won't be bringing me down today with his jaded views.
kenjit - the car that you bought was optimized for the roads that the designers drive on, NOT the roads that YOU drive on. You’ve been DUPED buddy.
@nicotico Hogwash. Most people just want a car to get them from A to B. A garden variety car will do that perfectly. Nobody is being duped. 
Ok, you think expensive speakers are a rip-off. And you’ve chosen not to spend your money on them. Is that the point?
Life is an adventure for some who laugh and dance and fail and enjoy what time they have left. Others croak and complain and congratulate themselves with sophistry and horse feathers. Joe
Just finished a very enjoyable evening listening to music that I really like on my modest system. Felt absolutely no need to run out and change any of the gear tomorrow. 
Hope that doesn't disappoint anyone.
I've found something enjoyable with each speaker or amp I've used, as well as found incremental room for improvement. The quest is part of the experience. There is no destination
youre talking out of both sides of your mouth. You have found something enjoyable with each speaker. In other words you have not been able to find a speaker that is optimised to suit your needs perfectly. For example speaker A gives you more bass but harsh treble. Speaker B gives you less bass but sweet treble. What you want is both more bass and sweet highs. Youre just going round in circles and calling it an experience. There is a destination, youre just wasting time and money and its taking too long to get there. 


Life is an adventure for some who laugh and dance and fail and enjoy what time they have left. Others croak and complain and congratulate themselves with sophistry and horse feathers. Joe


Preach! This is exactly what I’m talking about. Joe gets it.
kenjit - Every audiophile has 83 problems.

The presentation is veiled. The upper midrange is too granular. The bass is poorly controlled in the room and boomy as a result. The speakers are point sources while no real instruments are, but aren’t the microphones that record the instruments points, too? My electrostats are holographic but lack slam. My massive dynamic speakers have slam but overthrow my listening room.

If you work really hard you might resolve the problem that matters most to you right now. You can nudge your system synergy in this direction or that. Treat your room. Toe in your speakers. Upgrade a component. Every change you make introduces a new problem. Every problem solved is replaced by a new one. You re-evaluate and your priorities shift.

This pursuit should be fun. Your system is alive, always changing and responsive to your modifications. In a sense, you are also participating in the reproduction of the original performance, the final part of the chain of authorship over the created work.

There is only one problem that you can solve, one problem you must continually be mindful of. The 84th problem. The one that makes all the other ones worse. The 84th problem, the one that is caused by you and can only be solved by you, that is your personal responsibility, is that a part of you wants not to have any problems.

Work, and it is continual ongoing never-ending work, on yourself. Question your motivations. The greatest tweaks happen not in the listening room, but inside the head and in the heart. Maintain your listening apparatus and your point of view and keep your interventions in your sound reproduction system joyous and playful.

It is good to be serious about sound, too but if that part of you takes over and this pastime becomes obsessive, take a vacation from the sound for awhile to recalibrate your listening system and before you know it you’ll return to music instead of just sound. The 84th problem is the only one you need to solve, over and over again.
Kenjiit, check out Lirpa Labs.  They’re so dynamic that they couldn’t measure the speakers simply because they kept knocking down the test mics...  I’m pretty sure they’re completely and totally satisfying to everyone in the world.
Kenjit has a problem with speaker designers.  That's the only point here.  If you're looking for any further point or meaning here you're just wasting your precious time and energy.  As in other posts, Kenjit poses unsubstantiated and inaccurate statements that he weaves into flawed logic to try to justify his problem with speaker designers.  Case in point:

We have been deceived into believing that a "one size fits all" speaker that has been designed by an "expert" who knows better than we do about our requirements, will be ok.

Um, what?  I've never been told this by anyone.  Not a speaker manufacturer.  Not another fellow audiophile.  Hell, not even a salesperson. 

We are being duped folks. The best you can expect out of all these high end speakers is substandard satisfaction for a few years before you get fed up and decide to UPGRADE!

Holy crap, you're right!!!  Just like you said, I thought I've been happy with my speakers for the past 15 years when clearly my satisfaction has been substandard.  Eghads!  Ive been duped by "them" all these years and didn't even know it!!!  Man these guys are good.  Thank goodness someone wiser than me finally pointed out my dupedness.  

The fact is, you could substitute any audio component for "speakers" in the original post and it still works in the same warped and wrongheaded way, which then implies this entire hobby is basically a farce.  Either that or this post is a farce.  Only you can decide.  Hmmm...
this is probably the dumbest thread i've ever seen
@engineears Most problems audiophiles think they have dont exist or are not what they think. I've been to demos where the speakers were wired out of phase. Obviously some audiophiles dont deserve to be called audiophiles since their hearing ability is pretty substandard.

For the rest of us true audiophiles, we do deserve better than what is being offered to us commercially. 

speaker design is just a matter of opinion. Every speaker designer thinks their speaker is the best but theyre all wrong. Its a complete farce

Nothing will change unless the audiophile community comes to the realisation of this deception and starts to resist it. 



The one thing I noticed about this group is they never seem to be satisfied.

I began my search to find a system to find a system to be able to play both 2 channel and HT.  I also wanted to transform our museum (living room) into a music room and second HT with a really elegant setting.  Part of the musical experience is the ambiance.  Now add music and it is complete!

After receiving my 6 driver center channel and adding two REL S3’s, I think I picked the right system.  Now add the two rear surrounds and walla!

Lucky for me I have been singing choral music since 1970.  This is the real musical experience.  Being part of the music moves me far more than isolating myself in a room listening to what others created.

We all need to realize there is a point when anyone listening to what we have would be a dream for them.  Our goal should then be to concentrate on them so they too can experience music the way it was made to be listened to.
Kenjit man you are a broken individual.

Your lack of understanding warps you.

Yes there are some people who buy a car to go from point A to point B, and there are others who love the thrill of the drive.

You may buy a Kia or a Ford Tarus to go from point A to point B, that is hardly the same experience that driving a high performance sports car like a BMW, a Mercedes AMG, a Porsche a Vette, or a souped up Japanese rice burner, or a more afforable production racer like a Suburu WRX, on a deserted road and enjoying the thrill of controlling a high performance sports car and the adreline rush that is the reason for the "need for speed."

Driving fast on a track if you know what you are doing is one of the most remarkable experiences in life, the same way that hiking up a mountain or rock climbing may be.

Many of us can listen for hours to the joy of what music well reproduced can sound like.

The pursuit of perfection is a noble one the issue you may have is that many audiophiles do not tackle the challenge logically and they get often bad advice hence the constant flipping.

Our advice is to build a system which is in balance and all parts work together

When we found some of our reference speakers systems the Paradigm Persona 9H the Kef Blades and the Polymer MKX-s we didn’t just hook them up and marvel at the realism.

It was a jouurney to find matching components and to find out exactly what you need to do to make these kinds of thoughbreeds come alive.

In the case of the Polymers and the Personas we tried many different amplifiers, from CJ, Manely, Devialet, Electrcompaniet, Parasound, Thrax, and finally T+A which sounded way better than the others.

We tried swapping power cables, power conditioners. added different isolation devices, we tested five or six USB cables, and the pursuit was to make real magic.

As per your comment We have been deceived into believing that a "one size fits all" speaker that has been designed by an "expert" who knows better than we do about our requirements, will be ok. This is obviously not the case since every audiophile has a different hearing response curve and different preference.

It is the same a buying a great car, you sample the cars you want to buy to find one that matches what appeals to you.

Speakers are the same, and it comes down to what the specific listener prefers, this is not saying that the listener is correct or the speaker designer is more or less correct, people and companies design what appeals to them, the real fun comes to matching the rest of the system to bring out what you want and minimize what you don’t want in the speakers.

As per your comment: "In conclusion, the notion of a high end speaker is in fact a myth. No such thing exists."

Really a high end device is not a myth if you don’t think you can go far faster in a Porsche than a Preis you got another thing comming.

When you spend on superior technlogies and better parts you are generally going to build a faster car.

If you compare a $300 monitor to an $8k one you will get a pretty good idea that an starter pair of speakers will not really compete with a much more expensive and elaborate design, that use far superior parts and construction to deliver a speaker with greater dynamic range, greater clarity, tighter bass and a more focused soundstage.


"Its also impossible to compare all the different speakers out there in the comfort of our homes so the dealers obviously dont make it any easier for us audiophiles. Its pointless going to a store demo since thats not where youre going to be listening once you buy the speaker. We are getting a raw deal. "

The idea of a store is to be able to compare under identical circumstances many different products, that is a valuable tool and service. Yes your room and equipment may be different, howerver, that is what forging a partnership with a dealer does for you that will assist you in creating the sound you are after.

Many dealers will bring over to your home a set for testing, you can’t expect a dealer to lug five sets of speakers to you, that is why we build showrooms to make it easier for people to make up their minds.

Also the consumer testing speaker A at his or her home may not have the right ancellory gear to make that speaker shine, ofthen in a demo we will recommend a swtich to a different amp or dac to bring out that speaker, with the understanding that we are providing a strategy and a path to assit that client.

You may be stuck on that concept of performance, cost and value.

Does a $60 steak prepared to perfection that tastes marvelous is it 3 times better than the $22 dollar Diner steak?

The answer is yes, the value is up to the buyer, many people will gladly pay the difference between the two steaks as one is an experience to eat and the other is a meal.

There are great budget audio products and many really expensive ones.  We have heard Million dollar systems that sucked and $2k ones that were magic. However, most of the really memorable demos were produced by the more expensive rigs.

We have four sound rooms in our shop and our $3k surround system doesnt’ sound anything like our $80k dedicated movie theater.

Life is a matter of making the choices that make you happy.

Dave and Troy
Audio Doctor NJ


agree that that statement is BS.  I have nice speakers (MSPR = about 17,000, I got mine used here for about half that, rated 9/10) and I am 100% satisfied with my speakers.  I recently demo a new DAC and I believe my system is complete.  I have not heard a system that I would trade mine for.  It's my listening nirvana.  I wasn't duped or lied to.
Yes, it is impossible to compare all the speakers in my home, but I also love my car and I by no means test drove every car out there, and certainly dealer didn't want me driving the car under 'my' normal conditions.  Guess its time to get a bike.  WAIT, I haven't driven all the bikes either.  Sh*t, guess I will settle for that old waterproof yellow walkman I found in my garage.........
First of all, this is my first post, after comparing a variety of online evaluations of various amplifiers for the past several weeks. I've been particularly interested in Odyssey, Van Alstine and, lately, the Nuforce STA200. I've been working off a Parasound HCA1200ii for over twenty years.

I stumbled back into audio, after attempting to fire-up my Vandersteen 2Ci's and found the 8" woofer offering complementary "clapping" along with the tunes I selected. Now it's in the shop and they want about $400 for the right speaker, but that would call for revamping of drivers in the left speaker, if I want a coherent sound. I should also mention that I "scored" a couple of RP280F Klipsch speakers for under $500 and so now I'm chasing the idea of a 3-d soundstage, which these speakers might not even be able to achieve. So, this sort of brings me to the topic of this thread, which is adequately provocative and certainly resonates with those who like to ponder the subjectivity of one's evaluations as they interact with the alleged objectivity, and apparently equal subjectivity (in evaluation and promotion), of what others are selling. 

What I'm seeing in the world of audio, and having gone to numerous live music events, is that many live events sound inferior to carefully recorded music, played back on a decent system. I would guess that my pair of RP280's, fueled by the parasound 1200, would seem rather low-fidelity by the standards of audiogon co-operators. Nevertheless, it's obvious to me that they produce much higher sound quality than what I often encounter in live events. 

I have always enjoyed quality audio equipment. I was blown away by my father's klipschorns, when he set them up in 1976. I was blown away by Apogees and Martin Logan Quests when first I heard them. I also find that music itself is basically a miracle - not all of it, of course, but so many absolutely beautiful artistic, intellectual, emotional and even spiritual statements. No one needs to have anything close to an audiophile system to have a tremendously moving experience with a song. If a person is calibrated to critique ever nuance of a system, they will, in some/many cases, not be able to enjoy the expressed musical ideas, the wonderful music itself. None of this modern sound reproductive ability even existed one-hundred years ago. In fact, many people were much more satisfied, and I mean MUCH LESS NEEDY, than we are today. Let's not get into discussions about children working seven day work weeks, which was and is inexcusable. 

To be honest, much of what we do here comes down to externalizing our restlessness, which is always changing forms and will always offer its own restless response to any apparent answer that surfaces, even if that means we change to another hobby, another point of restless interest. It's worth taking a moment to review all of the things we have "conquered" over the years, all the objects of desire we have hunted, trapped, and moved on from. Some question whether this undermines more soulful living.

So, again, we can call it a hobby, or anything else, but in essence we are finding a way to output a lot of energy in our searches and experiments. There is hope for and experience of some levels of pay-off, but the inner drive to keep searching is rarely given much consideration. It is rarely understood as anything more than the driver of experience... There's nothing particularly wrong about any of it, but it does, in my view, blot out the bigger picture... Lately, I find myself just listening to the sound of the environment - how life itself magnifies sounds, as a way to track what I might be doing in looking for a 3-D capable setup. The living sound environment, say on my back porch, is always unique, always depends on my focus, always depends on my tensions at the time, and even depends on how I'm identifying with time, whether I'm truly giving myself over to the listening experience. I think this whole notion of beautiful music is really a very deep thing, very essential.

Ultimately, in my view, the setup is less important than one's willingness to sit receptively, with a state of mind that can truly receive and enjoy the full impact of music, mostly making system limitations far less important than the personal engagement with the sound. 

It is the same a buying a great car, you sample the cars you want to buy to find one that matches what appeals to you.

And how are you supposed to sample all the speakers in the comfort of your own home without being pressured into making a purchase by dealers? Dealers dont make it easy. No dealer will bring all their gear round to your home and let you borrow it. Its very rare for that to happen. It should be a right not a privelege to be able to sample all the options to help make your decision.
What happens if after sampling all the available options, nothing suitable is found, why should the customer be penalized? is it their fault that nothing could be found? its a complete gamble to expect an audiophile to sample dozens of speakers in an unfamilar in store demo room, over months or years then expect them to miraculously end up with one that suits their requirements.

If youre going to do this properly, you need to be fully blindfolded. Every possible variable should be constant except one. Then you vary that one variable, and note the preferences.

When you compare two speakers side by side youre actually comparing multiple variables at the same time which just leads to confusion. Speaker A has an mdf cabinet, a low end response down to 40hz, a diamond tweeter, a paper woofer and time cohesive crossover. Speaker B has a carbon fibre composite cabinet, a low end response down to 20hz, berylium tweeter, aluminium woofer, and a 4th order linkwitz riley.

Its impossible to know whats causing any differences you think you hear.

We are being duped into ignoring this.

Magazine reviewers arent blindfolded. They dont test one variable at a time. They dont even compare two speakers at the same time. It can be months or years in between each review. Yet audiophiles rely on these faulty rave reviews to help them decide what to buy.

Really a high end device is not a myth if you don’t think you can go far faster in a Porsche than a Preis you got another thing comming.

it depends what you mean by going faster. Youre just causing more confusion by bringing cars into this discussion.







A few comments on this article:

1.  Like wine, the best speakers are the ones that YOU are satisfied with - your tastes in audio, music, your environment, your budget

2.  "High-end" as a term generally refers to the expertise and materials used to produce speakers, whether they are handmade or coming off a mass production line, etc. So in these terms, there certainly are high-end speakers, albeit perhaps not for everyone's particular taste.   

3.  To really understand what you may like, plan to attend a high-end audio show in your city.  They are usually held in a hotel or similar venue, where a hotel room will be dedicated to all types of audio equipment, including high-end speakers.  You can bring a favorite CD (easier) or LP to listen on their equipment.  Look at what equipment they are using with their speakers, and look at the size of the space, and furniture layout, carpets, curtains, etc.  The speaker size and price are also important considerations.  This way you can narrow your selection options.  

4.  Some better audio shops will allow you to test their speakers in your home - if so, take them up on their offer.

5.  Speaker selection (without going into matching amps and preamps, etc.) is a totally subjective exercise, and people's tastes change over time. Enjoy and then gradually upgrade as your budget and time listening will justify.  Audio is a journey - not a destination!  With discerning judgment, you will "get what you paid for." 

On final vignette:  One of my dearest, old, audiophile friends had just acquired a pair of Wilson Watt Puppies, but no matter what he did he hated the sound of these speakers, although he had spent an inordinate amount for these "top-end" speakers.  He went in for his annual physical, and the doctors revealed that his hearing was deteriorating and that he needed hearing aids in both ears.  Now with his new hearing devices, he once again a "Happy Camper".  

Mainly get the audio selections out-of-the-way, and then enjoy your Music!




 
He went in for his annual physical, and the doctors revealed that his hearing was deteriorating and that he needed hearing aids in both ears. Now with his new hearing devices, he once again a "Happy Camper".
Thats exactly the point Ive been trying to make. You dont have to have severe hearing loss before it affects your ability to hear. 

Everybody has a different hearing response. This can be proven by having a hearing test. Your hearing test results will be different to the speaker designers test results. So even if you were sitting in his chair, youd still be hearing differently.  Now factor in your room, your preference, your music, your chosen speaker positioning and its obvious that what you hear is not going to be anywhere near what the speaker designer hears. 
 One has to wonder how the OP can see to type with his cranium firmly inserted in his fundamental orifice.
I believe the purpose of this post is not to enlighten or start a discussion point meant to illuminate, but is essentially a troll post claiming we are all being scammed.  

Being an audiophile (or an audio designer) is about caring.  It’s about a desire to hear the performance and emotion closer to the original event.   There are many ways to get there, even on modest budgets or headphones.  I have gone to friends house with modest systems and repositioned speakers, removed the grills and the sound was improved.  

If frequency response is not to ones liking, there are several ways to get there, even resorting to EQ if needed in Jriver (or similar).  A perfectly flat response may not even sound good.  

If frequency response is not to ones liking,
@emailists  of course it would not be. Why assume it would? If i gave you my pair of glasses, do you think it would perfectly correct your vision? only if your vision happens to be exactly the same as mine.