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. 


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.

The truth I discover for myself in this journey in audio is that we can have an extasy with a relatively low cost audio system... Modulo cleaning the electrical grid of the house, of the room and of the source, treating the room is mandatory, cleaning the vibrations-resonance(even in headphone not only on speakers or room or piece of gear)...Plus tweaks that are low cost: I have many Helmholtz bottles and 4 cheap Schuman Generator tweakes by me...

After that you will listen to a TOTL for peanuts...

Proof: This week I treat against vibrations my cheap Fostex TH7-B headphone, after that I treat the cable my own way, after that I add 5 Herkimer diamonds at the interior of the pad around the driver... I piece of shungite on the exterior cups...

Result: So schokingly good that it is the best experience in audio in my life, these Fostex crush ALL my previous headphones even the best on count of imaging and speaker like experience...It is unbelievable that an under 100 bucks headphone were better than all my other experience including even speakers... ( i already own 2 Stax,AKG 340 and AKG 701, Hifiman 400, Beyerdynamic 990 , T150..)

(I remind you that I dont complaint about my others headphones nor speakers...I say that to remind the beginners that not only the price and the particular design of a speaker or headphone count but most and foremost the treatment, cleaning, modification that you can make to them for a miracle...tweaks are the first and last important thing for an audio fulfilling experience for me, not money (I dont have that)...

I suggest to the beginners to read and dreams comes true, reading experience and other experiments will inspire you... 

P.S. I agree with some poster that if you want to  quit the search for speakers, buy magneplanar, even cheap one and call that the end...It is not the best speakers there are, hell no! But for the price Hell yes...
+1 Listening99, well stated and I totally agree.  
"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?

Many audiophiles refuse to take the time to really understand how what they buy works thus they are easy to fool with brand names fancy finish forum posts. Many are just going to buy a name brand that's approved by the audiophile press. Face it the press does not know how it will sound in your system or room or how well it will last.  It's the audiophile's own fault for not educating themselves enough to understand the basics. I can look at a speaker and tell what its made from and what will drive it I can tell if the overall design is flawed without a listen. The gear tornados easy to get off just buy a good pair of horns and get back to buying music not cables etc.