Originally Posted by cschang
John, any engineer or designer will tell you there are trade-offs in designs.
Exactly, so how can one differently engineered product be better than another solely on the basis of subjectivity and anecdote?
For instance, why do you think acoustic suspension is better than anything else?
Because it improves transient response, eliminates port noise, has a more gentle low bass roll off, allows more predictable driver behavior, for starters.
Have you ever looked at what noise comes out of a port between 100Hz and about 1000Hz? It's pretty severe. I've become accustomed to not having it, not that some ported designs don't sound nice.