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. 


Showing 9 responses by facten

What exactly are you proposing we should all do ?
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. "

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

"The end goal is maximum enjoyment of your music. Thats my assumption. "
So how are you personally going to get there since no manufacturer can satisfy your requirements , and hence have no system?

Maybe a certain someone should start his owner speaker company and begin to take custom orders, starting with his own, so we all reach his audio nirvana and join his 'true audiophile" circle
Raul - you must have missed it, the op has no system
simonmoon - well said +1
@ herman,

Nice system herman , enjoy
"Im doing the audiophile community a favor by writing this post "
Why don't you do yourself a favor and spend your time building your own speakers and system, sit down and enjoy some music; the rest of us can fend for ourselves without your "enlightenment"

Listening to Joanne Shaw Taylor play some kick ass blues rock guitar, sounds just fine via my Daedalus Argos V2s