Originally Posted by MKtheater
I was just reading the list and was wondering how some speakers sound better(dynamics, feel, etc..) at reference than others that are supposed to play much louder then them. For instance, the SHO-10 sound really good at reference but the triple 8 is supposed to be handle much louder levels. My JBL 3622N's sound better than both at reference but the chart is showing them not to play as loud, maybe it is a handling rated power better or something?
Yeah the chart's ranking is based off their sensitivity and stated power handling.
If their FR curves aren't equally flat in your room, that can explain differences in your impressions.
If we measured their sensitivity in the lab, the number might differ from what they advertise.
And power handling: well that's some degree of speaker failure after some amount of time with some crest factor signal at some frequency. JBL specifies the 6db crest factor (I think?) and the frequency range in many of their pro speakers spec sheets. I haven't seen JTR do that.
Knowing the level of watts or SPL where some type and amount of distortion is present would let us make more meaningful comparisons, like Ricci's data-bass does. But comparing with a company's "recommended amplification" or "peak watts" is not too accurate, unfortunately.
Still, it is what is is. And even ranking based on their own advertised specs still places some speakers at the bottom of the list, whereas the audio-prose would have you breathlessly reading that they offer "...dynamic, heart-pounding bass with scintillating highs..."