Originally Posted by duffman33
Ah, well thank you. I am trying to learn as much as I can and I had assumed (incorrectly) that that was a given. Didn't realize it was up for debate. Then, how can I tell what speakers are better than others? Solely based on reviews in cases where I can't physically listen to them? Or is there some other metric which is used, such as impedance?
Also, thank you for the link, I will check those out. Is it best to add a sub on or replace the one I have?
Purchased the two floorstanding ones and the center, will test and decide if it's a sound upgrade or not.
I would replace that Energy sub. Depending on room size - look at the SVS - one option the PB-1000
I do not put a lot of weight in published speaker specs - however, you need to look out for the 4 ohm rated ones,
as there are some receivers that can not handle 4 ohms. Also speakers with higher sensitivities will play louder,
and will help in bigger rooms - however, they also tend to get optimistic about that (miss the mark). In general
receivers today will handle 6 and 8 ohms - and a few can handle 4 ohms.
The best way to tell if speakers are better than others, is to audition them > also in general, for a good balance
between a sub and speakers (like bookshelves) > most of us prefer that the bookshelves go down to 80 hz or
lower, for a good blend with a good subwoofer - placement of a sub will play a part in this. A lot of people who
use towers still cross their speakers at 80 hz, and let the sub handle the lower bass. Some cheap towers are
poorly built, and can not really compete with some booksheves at the same price. Some of them towers, have
cheap cabinets, little bracing and small dampening inside - and having extra woofers does not make up for this.
However, there are those who still like sub/sat (little satellite speakers) systems, where the sub needs to cross
higher. Then you have to deal with sub localization, and then some voices coming through the sub. Some can
sound OK, it comes down to preference, taste and compromises. >> Some sats sound nice - yet the sound is
If you hang around the forum - you will begin to learn and trust some people, about some good sounding speakers.
I do use magazine reviews to get an idea about some speakers > I still eat the fish and spit out the bones.
I do not really get caught up in debates - life on earth is short.