Originally Posted by Aaron52101
Yes you make good points, though it might be noted that I did find some positve reviews of the same speakers alphaiii didn't like so it's not really definitively that they are bad, just that he didn't like them.
Yeah, it's certainly just my opinion when it comes to the BD500. I bought them as sort of an impulse buy since I had been looking for smaller speakers for my desktop, and happened to see them on ebay for a reasonable price. I found a few positive reviews floating around, so bought them to give them a try.
They weren't for me, but some others, including the individual who bought them from me, seem to really like them.
I will say though... while build quality is also subjective... The light weight of the speakers supports my opinion that, at least the cabinets, are cheaply constructed. While they have a piano black finish... They certainly don't have the heft or solid build (judging from the good old "knuckle rap test") of alot of other speakers I've tried with similar or smaller dimensions.
I have a very similar experience with the NHT SB1... I feel a better speaker than the BD500, and much better build quality... But despite many positive reviews and happy NHT owners... I really disliked them. Yet another speaker I bought at what I thought was a relatively cheap price... only to take a hit on resale since there just wasn't much of a market for them.
It's such a crapshoot buying speakers based on others opinions/reviews, since sound is so subjective. It's a good starting point... and helps compile a list of speakers to audition... but unless you have a very good handle on what's a good deal used, or good return policies on new stuff... you can end up eating more $$ than expected.
I've learned this the "hard" way... and would recommend anyone try to audition before buying unless you can return or are very confident you can resell them without taking a hit.