Originally Posted by filecat13
Why do we buy speakers? The primary reasons are to listen to music or to hear the soundtrack of a movie or TV show. There may be other, ancillary reasons like to match a room's decor, to show off, to be a conspicuous consumer, to demonstrate brand loyalty, etc., but if we don't listen to music or to soundtracks, it's hard to see why speakers are needed.
So, when I was six or seven and used lawn mowing money to buy my first transistor radio with a 3/4" speaker and a mono earpiece, I got to listen to AM radio top hits night and day. I loved being able to listen to the music I wanted, and I loved that little 3/4 Nippon Electric Company speaker. Yes, I loved a $0.75 speaker in a $5.83 radio.
When my parents bought a Magnavox console stereo with two 10" woofers ad a couple of tweeters, I loved those cheapo speakers when I'd sneak downstairs at night and lie on the floor between them listening to The New World Symphony, Scheherazade, Dave Brubeck, Peter and Gordon, or the Beatles.
I bought my first stereo with money from hoeing a peach orchard, and was amazed at how great that Electrohponic unit was with separate speakers I could put wherever I wanted. Those real wood cabinets were the envy of my HS classmates, and I loved them both for the wonderful sound and the envy they engendered.
Getting brand new JB L100s in 1970 along with a Kenwood receiver and Dual turntable put me at the top of the heap in my college dorm and took things to a higher plane for sure. Those L100s partied hard and kept on working no matter what, and the sound of Deep Purple, The Who, Led Zeppelin, and The Beach Boys only sounds right on them to this day.
I've had a lot of speakers since then, and in fact have several sets in use currently, including some that are pretty expensive. Yet, I still have the L100s and love them dearly. Sure, I've got other speakers that sound better, in fact MUCH better, but love is more than a single object. I actually love the different sounds that each set of speakers makes and enjoy the variety that is created as a result. Maybe I'm a speaker polygamist?
The bottom line in all cases is do I enjoy listening to music on them? Yes. Do I enjoy hearing multichannel sound on them? Yes.
Do I care if it's the $798 HTIB system attached to my computer, the $546 a pair (in 1970) L100s, or the $44,000 a pair K2 S9900s in the living room? No. What I care about is that I enjoy being with them, and that they make me happy to listen to my favorite music and soundtracks. If they give me those things, then I love them regardless of cost, age, appearance, or reputation. As a bonus, if my GF loves them (as she does the K2s), then so much the better.
Frankly, I think that people who worry about whether or not their speakers cost enough or meet someone else's standard of good enough are missing the boat. Your money, your time, your home, your music, your movies, your preferences, your expectations--these are what determine your satisfaction at any given moment in time, and, like you, these may change over time, and that's okay. But during every hour of the day, it's important to "be here, now," and if you're happy with what you have, it doesn't mean you were wrong if later you have the chance to move to something else.
I think people who worry about other people's choices and try to convince them that they really shouldn't
be enjoying their Bose system not only ruin it for the guy with the Bose, but demonstrate a lack of understanding of their own personal needs themselves. Granted, if someone asks for a suggestion, that's one thing, but even then they're seeking affirmation more that rejection of their choice, and a little more care than "Bose sucks!" goes a long way in helping them to keep loving music and soundtracks more than hating Bose and the "bad" choice they made.