Originally Posted by vincentnyc
when u buy a speaker, are there any measurement that tell u that it is good vs a bad one? like for example, when i buy a lcd...i make sure it has at least 1080p...does speakers have any of that kinda measurement?
Yes, but its almost better to shop brands than specs. Keep in mind speakers are electromechanical devices, the technology is tried and true. Real speaker manufacturers like Infinity and JBL and Polk will make you a good budget speaker. They will have degreed engineers design and test them for accuracy.
Its important that the individual cones have sizable magnets, and the cabinet is strong, well braced, and with the proper internal dimensions (which generates the bass).
For budget speakers, its also important that the manufacturer sinks his limited manufacturing budget towards quality, and not quantity.
So if you look at those Polks ... you notice they are not flashy. That is because Polk knows that for 60 bucks, they cant afford to spend a dime on flash. Polk gives you a decent midrange driver, and a decent tweeter, and a proper cabinet. They engineer it properly, and its a good product.
A good budget speaker will be heavy for its size ... it will be dinky but weigh like 15-25 pounds.
A bad budget speaker will be light for its size, it will be HUGE and weight 15-25 pounds.
What "White Van" manufacturers tend to do, is they go for flashy looks, at the expense of sound. They will give you a crappy big cabinet, with lots of cheesy drivers, and to a Noob it will look like a great deal:
But the stuff is complete crap inside ... the magnets weigh an ounce, the cabinets resonate horribly, and they sound horrible. Often there are no speaker engineers even involved in the design ... they get designed by some manufacturing expert that knows how to make a speaker LOOK impressive.
So a good budget speaker will not be flashy ... it will look functional, and boxy, and it will have a damn good cone and tweeter in it for the price
And it will sound worlds better
than that flashy white van crap.