Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: North Wales, PA
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So I have been going to audition speakers now for a few weeks. (No, not every day.)
And being an IT type guy I have begun to see that there are a TON of moving pieces to listening to a speaker. (I know that people say to just bring them home, but I feel REALLY guilty doing that.)
When I go to sit down the speakers can be hooked up to anything from a $1200 AVR to a 40k tube amp. The CD player can be anything from a standard DVD player to a dedicated device costing up to $5k....
There are many more moving parts as well... Some of the stores use a billion dollar an inch silver speaker wire...some use plan old copper with no name attached to them. Some use room treatments...some don't. Speakers, Amp, AVR, CD Player, Room, Layout, Room Treatments...some even say super power cords connected to the amp...
If there are all these varatibles how does listening at a store help at all? Is there any benefit to listening in a store if what you hear there may not be ANYTHING like when you take them home?
Also, if you get a good AVR ...which can alter the tonal properties of your speakers...is there a point to all this... I mean an AVR cant give a speaker more definition that it can handle but it can make a bass heavy speaker be fine or an overly bright speaker sound more neutral...right?