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
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?