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
@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.