Originally Posted by PULLIAMM
I have heard many alleged "high-end" speakers. Most sounded good, just not inherently better than much more affordable ones. (A few actually sounded worse
, Wilsons for example.)
I completely agree with Pulliam here, honestly.
Most of the really expensive speakers are actually less accurate than the middle of the road speakers. They just flavor the sound in a different way.
The problem here, is, despite saying they want "accurate, transparent" speakers, audiophiles don't. They want speakers that shape the sound in a way that is pleasant to them. Theres nothing wrong with that, except when you're doing that and still insisting that you're looking for something that is transparent.
The simple fact that a large percentage of audiophiles do not actually want a transparent speaker makes almost all conversations on the subject a waste of time.
This is very similar to the discussions on Tube Amps. Horrific distortion levels, but the audiophiles love them, because they distort in a way that is pleasant.