Originally Posted by PlasmaPZ80U
Yes, but I did hear some Klipsch speakers locally that were indeed far too bright/harsh. I was told they were the Reference Premiere series (but I wonder if the salesman was right about that, as the RP series is supposed to be a lot more refined than the previous models). I also demoed the SVS primes in that location as well, which were only slightly bright/harsh (and which I own now, but I bought mine from SVS directly).
Yes, some horn speakers sound like that.
Some examples that don't:
JBL M2 and derivatives
Some of the Danley speakers
There are a couple issues at play:
1) Frequency response. This can be corrected with EQ.
2) Distortion. This can't be corrected with EQ.
Some horn speakers are poor at FR and distortion, and some are exceptional at FR and distortion.
The horn-loaded PA speakers people see a lot are designed for max output/$, often at the expense of fidelity.
The speakers I mentioned above are designed for a combination of fidelity, output, and off-axis response.
With your SVS speakers, hopefully you can tame their slight harshness with EQ.
My JTRs have no trace of harshness. I am using EQ, but they did not have a peaky treble response that had to be fixed.