Originally Posted by syd123
Speaker accuracy. What is it and do you really want it?
It seems like one of the worst insults to be made about a particular speaker or brand (and it's been said about nearly all of them) is that it is "too bright". Often, the person mentions how listening to the speaker for extended periods became fatiguing and/or headache inducing. ..This got me wondering. What is accuracy and do people really want it in a speaker? I do, but I'm not sure most do.
Great thread! I've avoided lately anything but the conversations I've subscribed to, I don't really need the negativity that seems to be on the increase...
I'm not sure why this would be an insult. Some are particularly sensitive of bright tweeters, myself included. This is obviously not the case for everyone, as many of those speakers I consider too bright are very popular.
I am also not sure who would be insulted? The manufacturer? Other owners? Does a speaker itself have a soul?
For all of the above, I don't particularly care, it's my money being spent, my ears that are being pleased.
Lots of very good definitions here, no need to rehash that which has been stated.
Originally Posted by Saturn94
For me accuracy would mean the speakers are just putting out what's on recording without alteration. I agree there's nothing wrong with tweeking the sound to your liking.
Originally Posted by commsysman
Speaker accuracy is freedom from distortion; period; the ability to precisely reproduce the input to the speaker.
Originally Posted by Nuance
The results of this test show that an overwhelming majority of all listeners preferred the flatter measuring speakers. The notion that we all hear differently is flawed, or in the end it doesn't have an effect on what we like in loudspeaker reproduction. In general we're all striving for "accuracy," whether it is to the live event or what's on the recording.
Start with an "accurate" speaker, then resolve room issues and finally tweak the sound to your hearts content. After all, the only thing that matters that is you
are happy with your
Originally Posted by BobL
Speaker designers make all type of design choices when building a speaker. You can certainly build a speaker to compensate for a room problem. I'd rather have an accurate speaker and use EQ to flavor to taste if needed as a speaker designed for a given room will only work well in similar rooms. Cost can often be an issue on design tradeoffs, and sometimes marketing has a role in the design as well:-)
We've all been to B&M's and showrooms listening to speakers. While I prefer to be left alone with an A/B switch, we must succomb to salesperson jargon as they attempt to make a sale, those pitches inevitably point to specific differences (whether true or not). IMO these are excuses for inaccuracy. Necessary of course but it's the last thing I want to hear from either human or speaker.
Thanks again for the topic!