Originally Posted by rdgrimes
No A-B comparison, but I had S312 and replaced them with L890. The difference can be called subtle or even moderate, though the source material and amp power have a great deal to do with it. Suffice it to say that when pushed hard the S312 sounded pretty distorted, but the L890 did not. Again that was with high quality source material and abundant power. The S312 had an edge in the low end, but the L890 was cleaner and more detailed in all areas. I certainly would never say that the L890 offered "no advantage".
Hey old friend. It's good to hear from you.
I know that you had both in your system. I'm not doubting you (nor any of you who disagree with me) at all. It's just that acoustic science has taught us that auditory memory is pretty awful. Unless a comparison was done nearly instantly, then biases, expectations, and just plain bad memory tend to color opinions.
In my experience, a couple of us blind A/B tested the S312s/L890s, level matched and with instant switching. We agreed that while we did note minor acoustic differences, as I said, the differences were quite subtle. And we also agreed that we would not (nor anyone) state "oh yeah, this one is better than that one."
Note we did not test for power handling. So the S312s may well break up before the L890s. We didn't push the speakers beyond 'loud'. I think we measured the output at 85 dB via an SPL meter.
But then, as Smarty-pants has suggested, perhaps there's something wrong with my ears.