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
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.