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It seems speakers from Klipsh are anywheres from 91-97 dB in sensitivity and many others are 86-89. I understand what sensitivity means with respect to a microphone placed 1 meter away, but I don't understand with respect to sound fidelity, basically the pros and the cons.

Why the difference? I've folks mention Klipsh speakers have a "bright" sound, but trying to understand what it all means.


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It seems speakers from Klipsh are anywheres from 91-97 dB in sensitivity and many others are 86-89. I understand what sensitivity means with respect to a microphone placed 1 meter away, but I don't understand with respect to sound fidelity, basically the pros and the cons.

Why the difference? I've folks mention Klipsh speakers have a "bright" sound, but trying to understand what it all means.


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Sensitivity has nothing to do with sound quality. The Kiispch sound bright due to their horns.

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It seems speakers from Klipsh are anywheres from 91-97 dB in sensitivity and many others are 86-89. I understand what sensitivity means with respect to a microphone placed 1 meter away, but I don't understand with respect to sound fidelity, basically the pros and the cons.

Why the difference? I've folks mention Klipsh speakers have a "bright" sound, but trying to understand what it all means.
It means that their tweeters are too loud compared to their woofers. It also means that they do not adhere to the accepted standard of how to rate speaker sensitivity. That is rightfully done in the range where the woofers function, not the tweeters. Were you to turn the tweeters off you'd find Klipsch has no higher sensitivity than other speakers using similar driver complements.

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It means that their tweeters are too loud compared to their woofers.

Bill-this is the main reason a speaker can be "bright" sounding?

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Bill-this is the main reason a speaker can be "bright" sounding?
That would be it. One would expect a speaker using a horn loaded tweeter with direct radiating woofers would incorporate an LPad to level match them. I don't know if Klipsch does, but if not it would be a curious omission.

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That would be it. One would expect a speaker using a horn loaded tweeter with direct radiating woofers would incorporate an LPad to level match them. I don't know if Klipsch does, but if not it would be a curious omission.

Hey thanks, Bill. It seems like an easy tweak for a MFR to tame brightness, or an interesting reason for them not to.

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an interesting reason for them not to.
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All my 5.1 speakers are cheapy, except center, its the Klipsh RC-41. I will upgrade rest soon. In my opinion having bright for center channel is the best, because I don't listen to it at full blast and the sound is very clear especially human voices. Speaker is pointed right where are ears are. When listening to music I don't sit where watch TV, so Getty Lee won't sound like a Nazgul. For left and right I don't want it bright , maybe Definative hardware is a better route. For surrounds I'm not sure yet.

When I listen to music I like it very loud, I don't think a total bright is what I want. Extrapolating, I think sections of "Shine on you crazy diamond" would make me feel like Sid if my system was really bright.
But just my opinion. I'm no exprt.

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But just my opinion. I'm no exprt.
You're on the right track, though. Equal loudness being what it is a speaker that's more sensitive in the highs will sound better at low volume than one that's not. But when you crank the volume it will have too much high frequency output, which results in what's commonly referred to as a fatiguing sound.

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