Originally Posted by Martycool007
Those Klipsch KL-650THX speaker are at the bottom of the stack for music, and that's putting it nicely! If I had $7,500 dollars to spend on a theater setup, I would go with either a pair of Salk HT2-TL's with a SoundScape Center, and then use the SongSurround-1's for rears, or go with the Salk Songtower Ribbons with the HTC-center, and SongSurround-1's.
Okay, let's just pretend for a moment that we're in a courtroom drama and I'm the lawyer defending the poor Klipsch.
So here goes....
According to the DBT research done by Harman (Floyd Toole, Sean Olive, et al) speakers with accurate flat on-axis and smooth off-axis response are preferred for music and movies. This is the basis for all Harman speaker design. The reason why the Salon2 & JBL Everest sound so awesome. They have ultra accurate on-axis and smooth off-axis.
Audioholics Pro review love the KL650-THX's sound for both movies and music. I doubt the staff @ Audioholics are any less credible than anyone here or anywhere else. The same Audioholics staff also rave about Salk speakers you love so much, for example.
Yes, the guys who love the sound of those Salk speakers that you love so much are the very same guys who LOVE the sound of those KL650-THX that you are bashing.
So why would an Ultra Accurate +/-1.0dB & Smooth off-axis speaker like the KL650-THX be at the bottom of the stack for music?
Because they use horns? Because they are Klipsch? Because they are labeled as "THX" and are promoted for THX movies?
How many people have actually listened specifically to this KL650-THX in a home environment ?
How many people have just listened to some Klipsch at some shop or store (instead of a home environment) and prejudice and stereotype all Klipsch speakers based on their limited experience?
The important thing here is that people should have the chance to audition the KL650-THX as well as all other speakers without forum members attempting to predispose their decisions.
The FACTUAL OBJECTIVE DATA are there for the KL650-THX, unlike many speakers without any kind of factual objective data and unlike many speakers with utterly nothing more than forum hearsay and subjective bias support with no more credibility than the good staff at Audioholics.
So the next step is the chance to audition. Audition away I say.
Bottom line, the buyer should buy what sounds best to him, not what others are biased toward.
Originally Posted by deeda
I will likely want to hear the speakers before I buy them.