Originally Posted by commsysman
Originally Posted by Heinrich S
Arnyk, why don't you have surround speakers? You're missing 50% of the sound!
2.1 works great for me.
You just have to spend $6000 on the front speakers.
The above post appears to me to be yet another recitation of the audiophile myth that there is a linear relationship between sound quality and price.
I think that many sophisticated audiophiles have figured out that in modern times the primary performance characteristic of loudspeakers which is frequency response, can be obtained in surprisingly small cheap speakers. However what are the two most important secondary characteristics of speakers which are nonlinear distortion or dynamic range, and controlled disperson are not yet so easy to obtain.
So here is a cheap (under $150) speaker's frequency response and dispersion:
And here is a more costly (over $500) speaker's frequency response and dispersion:
Which do you want? One is a little smoother in the midrange, but the other has maybe a tiny bit more bass extension and better dispersion. Maybe not.
What about nonlinear distortion?
So here is the cheap (under $150) speaker's non linear distortion:
And here is the more costly (over $500) speaker's non linear distortion:
This time it is a little easier, I'm not so happy with the peak in distortion around 2 KHz in the less costly speaker's performance, which is one reason why I prefer its 3-way bigger brother. Not that there is a serious problem here, as a highly respective reviewer says:
"... if you're looking for a speaker that will present detailed, uncolored, dynamic, and involving musical and home-theater experiences independent of the type of music or volume level, you can rest easy in knowing that the Primus P162 will satisfy all of your needs, and will likely give many years of musical satisfaction without you ever feeling the compulsion to upgrade."
The woodwork on the more expensive speaker is of significantly higher quality, IMO.