Originally Posted by MrEastSide
Your Bose comparison is ridiculous, because almost anything sounds better than Bose. I'd argue my old AIWA boom box from 1991 makes CDs sounds as good as a Bose unit.
That said, I've compared many sets of speakers in my home. I used to work at an Ultimate Electronics store before they went under. I've had Klipsch, Focal, Definitive, Polk Audio, a few JBL etc.... Not that those brands are the end all, be all in home audio. But, they're reputable brands with pretty loyal followers and pretty positive customer reviews, for the most part. And almost all of them produce some models in the range of 89db to 93db. If this is so horrible and produces crappy sound, I don't understand how these brands even have a following, or the positive reviews most of their speakers do. I guess, 95% of the public doesn't know what good, dynamic sound is
and is just blindly buying all those brands when they're really junk. Certainly, these companies employ sound engineers to design and tweak their speakers and for some reason, they release speakers in 88db-92db ranges.....
I currently have a set of Focal Chorus towers in my living room, they're 91 or 92db, I can't remember which and I can play them at reference level and they sing, clear as day. They also play music at ungodly levels and sound phenomenal! Now, I suppose, some might try and tell me they're distorting and I'm not hearing it, but I've been into the audio scene for about 15 years now and I can tell when a speaker isn't working. properly. I also don't have a wife, so WAF is a non-issue for me when picking speakers. I guess, I'm just uninformed on the better choices out there.
At any rate, I've had all those brands in my home, with the same receiver (Pioneer Elite SC-35) and a few more brands as well, and while some of them had a different sound, I never found any of them to sound not loud enough or not dynamic enough, or muddied, etc.... Because of not being sensitive enough. I don't know, I guess if the Klipsch I've heard don't count as true, high sensitivity speakers, then perhaps, the problem may be that I've never heard true, high sensitivity speakers. But, all the speakers I've had in my home have sounded great, for the most part. On a side note, I sit about 7 feet from my display and speakers.
I'm also not claiming I'm an audio expert by any means, I worked in the warehouse at Ultimate Electronics and audio/video has been a hobby of mine, so I always got to take home different audio/video equipment. .