Originally Posted by TurboFC3S
None of your speculation really has anything to do with how my speakers sound, or any others for that matter. You have to realize that generalizations never hold water, and posting them so matter of factly is a bad idea.
Adding bass is the easiest part of building a system ... you can't add better midrange transparency or resolution, you can't add better driver integration. So even though I know it's FAR better at bass than you say, I really don't care if it can do 30hz at 100db ... my customers know that's what subs are for, and that the Cirrus is for producing the heart of the music as well as or better than anything else.
It's a 7" driver btw and 87.5db sensitive. I'm sure you've never heard an AudioTechnology woofer, but that's what I'm using ... best of the best.
As a midrange, yes, that driver is well respected. But a lot of perception comes from the listener. Many people simply can't tell the difference between driver distortion specs by ear. This is why speaker companies often need to use trained listeners with a natural-born ability to hear distortion in speakers. Infinity/Harman in their old CMMD videos walk you through exactly (www.youtube.com/watch?v=epVDFZIVN2Y
) what it took to develop their speakers. I'm not sure if that direct video discusses the portion where Infinity trained naturally gifted listeners to recognize distortion but keep clicking on the neighboring videos and it should come up.
My point here is that not many people have either the natual-born ability nor the training to hear speakers with superior distortion specs. Most people select favorite speakers based on dynamic impact and pleasing tonality (for me it's also how 'easy on the ear' & 'true to life' it sounds). I have many times in the past found myself preferring the sound of speakers that didn't test well for distortion and/or had a cabinet design that wouldn't be making anyone think 'quality', but despite what the "specs" say, I ended up buying more than one pair of low cost speakers because I simply preferred the way they sound.
Over the years I have listened to many speakers which look similar to yours and they simply lacked punch, dynamics and weren't all that 'pleasing' to listen to. I have often preferred heavily damped speakers over higher efficiency ones, but I still crave a bit of dynamic punch also.
I'm not saying your speaker doesn't sound fantastic when it's paired with a nice subwoofer and powerful amplifier, but for the $3500 cost of just your speakers, most of the enthusiasts on this forum can buy a top-of-the-line subwoofer, a high power amplifier and still have their choice of many hundreds of different speaker models to audition, where they are likely to find a pair of speakers they would prefer in a blind comparison to even your speakers. I've found listeners often prefer different speakers from one another and there is no "universal awesome" speaker. Most people who are serious about finding the speakers they will enjoy most, must go out and audition many speakers before falling in love with a particular speaker's unique 'sound'. What I always do before recommending a speaker is get a general idea of what characteristics in sound production the person likes to hear. Then I try to steer them in the direction of a speaker that is popular or well liked within their price range that has the character they prefer and also maybe give a few alternates they can look into also.