Last edited: Sep 2, Soniclife Major Contributor Forum Donor. Sep 2, At typical listening levels, the drive-unit diaphragms will hardly be moving, which implies low distortion. Ron Texas Major Contributor Sep 2, Thread Starter 4. Soniclife said:. If he thinks distortion matters, why not measure the distortion?
Thread Starter 5. Ron Texas said:. Joined Oct 11, Messages 2, Likes 3, Speakers are really the last 'major' subjective component. Should just get what you like. Thread Starter 7. To the efficiency point, a quote from the Art Dudley Klipschorn review: "In the years since the Klipschorn's debut, loudspeaker technology has progressed in many ways. Speakers that sound timbrally neutral and uncolored are much more common today, as are speakers with consistent and effective dispersion across their operating range.
Thanks to the pioneering work of people like Jon Dahlquist, Jim Thiel , Richard Vandersteen , and John Fuselier footnote 2 , physical time alignment of drivers in a dynamic loudspeaker system is virtually a given these days, and the problem of baffle edge diffraction has been identified and smacked upside the head.
The result is a great selection of loudspeakers that offer apparently flat frequency response, superb stereo imaging, and great airiness and transparency. And what did we give up to gain such easy access to all those things? Natural-sounding dynamics. Body— especially body. And soul. Thread Starter 8. True, but that doesn't mean that some level of objective measurement is worthless, especially given how hard it is to audition speakers in person these days with the dearth of brick and mortar stores.
Worst measuring loudspeaker? Forum Donor. Feb 10, The worst I have seen are some "cute" CNC machined from plywood speakers designed by a non-engineer "by ear". The name escapes me but they got a good review in HiFi News despite the appalling FR and I heard a pair at Scalford and was not horrified by what I heard! Horns and panel speakers always show loads of resonance-like ripples in the FR in single microphone type measurements.
Whether they are real or an artefact of the measurement method I don't know but since I have much enjoyed several panels and horns I suspect it may well be, although I may just be cloth eared. Joined Jun 19, Messages 6, Likes 9, Zu Essence give the Klipschhorns a run for their money.
Thread Starter 4. Were those small speakers you heard at Scalford Boenickes? The most in sensitive loudspeakers ever measured by Sound Stage? Juhazi Major Contributor Feb 10, Last edited: Feb 10, Thread Starter 6.
Thread Starter 7. Are there any figures for audibility at various frequencies? Great Topic My nominees have for the most part not been measured, but Amir could easily acquire one of them to test through Craigslist or Yard sales: 1. Nearly all of them sounded bad Primary design considerations were use of multiple drivers the more the better and cabinets with woodgrain and height that matched the accompanying rack.
Most of these were local And instead of a dome tweeter, the BAIR boasts an air motion transformer tweeter. This flat , 1-inch 25 mm square tweeter promises clearer, lower-distortion sound than many dome tweeters can manage. The Sixes are part of Klipsch's new Heritage Wireless series of self-powered speakers that connect to a turntable, TV, computer or Bluetooth device.
The Sixes are sold in pairs, so bona-fide stereo was part of the allure. The Sixes sound more dynamically alive and clear than what we've heard from pairs of Sonos Play:3 speakers, that's for sure! Sumptuous is a word we've never applied to affordable bookshelf speakers, but that's exactly what the Definitive Technology Demand Series D9 sounds like. The sound feels like a warm hug. It's harder to get a handle on the sound, which is always a good sign.
The speaker is a total chameleon, because it so faithfully serves the music. The Wharfedale Diamond sports a 1-inch 25mm soft dome tweeter and 5-inch mm woven Kevlar woofer. It's a small, affordable speaker that sounds richly balanced, yet never lacking in detail. Do you see a trend here, so many of our favorite bookshelf, AKA stand mount speakers hail from the UK. Take the Bowers and Wilkins , it rocks with more authority than most speakers its size.
The familiar woven Kevlar has been replaced with a new Continuum driver and a new double dome aluminum tweeter. Buchardt Audio is a small Danish manufacturer that's quickly gaining a reputation for making extraordinary speakers.
Unboxing the beautifully finished satin-black samples, they looked fine -- nothing flashy going on here, but once I started listening my ears perked up. The Q sounds more expensive than it really is.
The Emotiva Airmotiv B1 is a small, affordable two-way bookshelf speaker with a folded-ribbon tweeter and a 5.
It offers a good deal of flexibility and can be used as in-room or nearfield stereo desktop speakers, or as front or surround speakers in home theaters. The Dayton Audio MK , may be small in size and price, but tucked into a cozy bedroom or office it'll sound sweet. The Special 40s are really special in that they're unusually small high-end speakers, they're just 7. These made-in-Denmark speakers can play surprisingly loud in small to midsize rooms.
The sound had a deliciously organic feel to it. The TAD ME-1 is an amazingly natural-sounding speaker; it wins by doing less and lets more of the music's essence through unscathed.
The stereo imaging was the best I've had at home, as the ME-1 liberates the music while bringing it back to life. Build quality of this Japanese-manufactured speaker is beyond reproach. Hsu Research is best known for its line of high-performance, yet affordable subwoofers , but it also makes speakers. The one we have here, the CCB-8 , is a large bookshelf model with a single "coaxial" 8-inch mm polypropylene driver, with a 1-inch aluminum 25mm dome tweeter nestled in the center of it.
The sound is hugely satisfying, high in resolution, with wide stereo imaging. Few audiophiles would have seen this coming, but Technics, the name we associate with DJ turntables, now makes one of the very best monitor speakers on the market.
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