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. 

Sure cal91. On the other two hands some people buy equipment like they buy cars, to show off. Ego. Many wealthy people have no idea what they want and they want everything done for them so they head into a high end store (they could never be seen going into a Walmart) and buy whatever the sales person sells them. Unless something breaks they are always going to be happy. 
Being made up predominantly of males there is oodles of ego here which sometimes elevates into belligerence. 
Me, I love my system and I have DSP control over everything even the turntable. Is there better? Of course there is. At any moment in time I know exactly where I am going and I love window shopping. When I have the money and time I'll get there but as technology moves on I will incorporate whatever new tech benefits the system. In the mean while the MUSIC sounds great and boy do I love the MUSIC.

d2girls734 posts
08-14-2019 12:00amthis is probably the dumbest thread i've ever seen


Feed the troll.  feed the troll.  feed the envious troll....

1.  You got a crappy dealer.  Get another one.
2.  Correctly, you know that your ROOM is the most important "box" in the equation.
3..Buy Magneplanars and quit looking around.  They are the only speaker worth owning forever (upgrade as you wish to newer models).
4.  Add subwoofers if you like to be rattled in the chest when you turn up some recorded stuff.


Beauty, or perfection, is in the eyes (or in this case, ears) of the beholder.

Each and every one of us has a different / unique preference on what is pleasing to our ears. In most cases speakers are designed to reproduce a certain frequency range, and ultimately based on the design of the speaker and the components selected, the speaker will have its own unique "sound". The trick is for the end user to find the speakers that matches his / her own tastes, and which fit their budget.

I have to be honest. My current system would be laughed at by many here, and when I recently walked into a Best Buy as a first step in doing some speaker shopping, I heard nothing there that was so great / so much better than my current system that made me want to make a purchase, so I didn't. I resisted the temptation of something shiny and new, or something that sounds different and therefore may be interpreted by my brain as being better.

If someone has the resources to continuously purchase speakers in pursuit of the best listening experience possible, more power to them. I don't feel the we are being bamboozled by speaker manufacturers, there are definitely multitudes of speakers out there that have varying degrees of quality and sound.