Originally Posted by Veda
^ I hate to say it but people with too much $ do modify their ferraris and other super exotics with excessive mods. The same concept with what ntrain's doing if he's really doing it.
Originally Posted by saeyedoc
Yeah, not a great analogy. I know of plenty of people who buy $100k Porsches and change the suspension, exhaust, intake, put turbos on them, etc.
Yes, yes, I know, some folks are just tweakers and modders and will modify ANYTHING to improve its performance (I should know, I have a ridiculous amount of mods in mine: suspension, brakes, turbos, intercooler, overbuilt engine, carbon fiber driveshaft, 300M axles, different differentials etc.).
My point was that regular folks buying something like that shouldn't HAVE to do all that just to get acceptable performance (and there are way more folks with unmodified or minimally modded sports cars than there are with seriously modded ones).
Originally Posted by ntrain96
Bad analogy.......but for a different reason than what others stated........alot of these speakers listed in the $5-10k range are anything but "Ferrari's". Most of them are still made with cheap xover parts and cabinets(MDF), and technically have more money into the marketing of them, than the actual product itself. Spending $10k does not garentee you a cutting edge "hifi" product.
I can definitely agree with this, but the point is, if you're looking at your buying options, why even bother looking at flawed options that would need modifying to produce decent sound? For a $10k pair of speakers, it would make much more sense to simply dismiss any and every speaker option that doesn't produce great sound right out of the box, because at that pricepoint, there are definitely numerous great options available.
Originally Posted by ntrain96
My recommendations to the OP wasn't to "modify" his current speakers, but to buy some measuring equipment, and a speaker management unit to see what his current speakers are really capable of. He wouldnt have to open up, or "mod" anything to do so either, just spend a little of his own time. He could gain alot of insight on speaker performance/response, placement and room interaction and make a better informed decision with the experience gained before plunking down 4-5 figures with of benjamins. He already stated he loved his current speakers but that they lacked a bit of treble "air". Grab a measuring tool, and a way to adjust and smooth out the speaker's in room response and gain back what he is looking for/missing.
Now, this is definitely a recommendation I can get behind. Especially when someone is considering speakers in the $10k range, measuring equipment is a tiny fraction of the price. With the measuring equipment, he can see what the speakers he currently likes measure in his room. In addition, whether he mods his current speakers or buys completely different ones, the measuring equipment will allow him to get the most out of them.