Originally Posted by Jon Middleton
Originally Posted by arnyk
The hidden subtext to most posts on AVS and other forums claiming dramatic differences among power amps are actually heavily biased on listening via different speakers in different rooms and doing poorly-run listening tests.
The room is usually the strongest influence on system sound quality once the speakers and electronics reach a reasonable level of quality.
What's "reasonable" for speakers?
What sounds good. ;-)
Really, I'd bet that the guys who are really optimizing their speakers for their rooms and vice versa are the guys who are doing lots of technical analysis with Room Eq Wizard. If I was going to generalize on things that should maybe not be generalized on, I'd say that these guys tend towards speakers with the same kinds of drivers for bass and mid as people who do professional sound, but with subwoofers that have "Home Theater, Mongo Edition" written all over them.
I have my sub crossed over at 80Hz. What should I look for as far as bass response in my main speakers? How low should they go?
As low as they need to and provide good sub-bass soundstaging. IOW as low as they need to go so that you have no audible clue as to the location of the subwoofer(s).
What price point and brands of speakers are leaders in value?
Not that much - a few $100 each. However, it can be justified to spend the big bucks on speakers with smooth response, low distortion, lots of dynamic range and good directivity control.
Why don't reviewers post frequency response curves?
Some do. Stereophile, Soundstage, Audioholics sometimes...
I get really tired of narratives describing subjective impressions of specific pieces of music.
Agreed, and with a bullet! ;-)
I know my room is compromised, but have no idea about room treatments or even where to start.
That journey starts with with trying your first absorber, and then Room Eq Wizard and then you are on the journey.
A little reading:
Google is your friend.