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. 

It's a simple parlor trick.
@cleeds  so is the fact that two speakers sound different. 
This thread reminds me a lot of a thread in the Cable Forum several months back. Tell the OP’s your amp and speakers and receive the size of speaker cables that are literally used for jump starting cars; the mystery formula that was never revealed. I had such a good time reading this thread, I might have to go back and read the cable one again. 


Audiophiles are a fickle bunch, it is that simple. Same goes for other enthusiasts of other commodities. i.e. Cars, fragrance , art the list goes on. I like what I like and will continue to experience new designs. What we risk is buyers remorse but you have to start somewhere...Music lovers are far easier to please than audiophiles when it comes to selling speakers I can assure you of that. What drives me nuts is manufacturers that are constantly upgrading their models in a years time. So when I bought these a year ago , now they are even better.?. maybe I will wait another couple of years and check back with you. I hate that feeling of I should have waited. I tend to respect the ones that are not constantly upgrading the same model. do it right the first time for integrity's sake. but for the record what you are buying is your taste, if your tastes in sound coincides with a certain designers Idea or his tastes of what he likes in sound. If you agree with Richard Vandersteen's tastes then you will buy his speakers and there is no wrong choice.

If you agree with Richard Vandersteen's tastes then you will buy his speakers and there is no wrong choice.
there are more audiophiles than speakers so we are being forced to choose designs that are at best only an approximate match.
I've been duped into reading a portion of this thread. Gadzooks!