I've seen people say the speakers could be better in older TVs (CRTs) because they used larger magnets and had the room for bigger speakers. But what was the actual quality difference between some of the lower level or mid-range sets popularly sold, say, by Sony or Toshiba or RCA, any of the top brands, compared to the 6 to 10 watt x2 speakers they put in today's ~$500 LCDs and plasmas? I'm thinking $500 is a rough estimate of a low-priced 40 inch, or decent 32 inch, which when accounting for the difference in aspect ratios is kind of like a $500 27" CRT?
Maybe my numbers aren't right, but you know what I mean -- typical decent-quality TVs in the 90s or 80s -- what was the speaker quality for them?
I've just wondered how much of the sound problem for today's TVs has less to do with the actual speaker quality than the mixing of the hi-fi audio, moving from stereo to 5.1 sound and beyond, especially in regards to dialogue or center channel stuff.