Originally Posted by MKtheater
Well, I am a DIYer so measuring is a must and I happened to figure stuff out. I only blind test my friends when they start talking like they know something just to humble them.
Well, we know your friends love you.
It was great with a behringer amp vs a Mcintosh amp. Every room will effect the flat response of a well designed speaker. Having a huge peak somewhere might effect the sound and you may not know if you like the speaker because it is just plain awesome or if you like an elevated midrang(due to room effects).
In the simple, it don't matter as it's the synergistic affect of the effect we perceive and love.
That is all, I was just asking how do you guys really know if you like the speaker.
Just look at it. It's beautiful. What's not to love.
I completely understand if one does not want to tweak or measure, or can't put treatments up for WAF, etc...
And then there's the laz-o factor of; all I want to do is turn the system on, pop a bag of popcorn, open a beer and rock-out to the lastest Blu-ray.
What I think is a great movie experience might be different than yours as well. My room is well treated, ceilings, corners, reflection points, etc.... I have measured my systems to the point of knowing where my speakers compress before distortion is even a factor. One must preserve the dynamics for HT. I built my room so reference level listening does not effect anyone sleeping at 2 am. I made sure I can watch reference without compression from 5hz to 20khz. Of course sound quality was first, but then it needs to meet these goals as well.
I just want to relax and watch a movie. Sounds like that's your buddies mindset.
All I asked if anyone knew what the response was, simple.
Sound like a "Big Bang" episode.
Like Penny's ex-boyfriend would reply; "Yeah, it made me hungry." Is Sheldon your favorite character?
I once compared 3 speakers and two were really good and the other was crap. Usually people would just return that crappy one but I measured them to at least see if the response was different. It was, the two good speakers were relatively flat from 300hz and up and the crap speaker was very peaky. I then made sure all the speakers were within +/- 3 dBs from 100hz to 10khz(mic was not great above that at the time) and guess what, that crappy speaker was not the best! If I did not measure I would have just told everyone the speaker sucked. It would not have been fair to the designer. This is why I asked, simple question, nothing bad implied.
Yep, you're a loved friend.
Now, as to my question: My question to you is, what else can one do?
All of us aren't interested in measuring our rooms. There's nothing wrong with measuring one's room but for those of us who have chosen not to and choose to simply buy, sight unheard online, what do you suggest other than to go on faith in reviews and Audyssey MultiEQ XT or XT32 to pick up the broken pieces?
-Edited by BeeMan458 - 7/24/12 at 8:43am