Originally Posted by Dave1027
Usually, when speakers are characterized by saying they "come alive when more power is applied", that usually means they sound like ass when played at a low or moderate levels. In other words, it's just a lame excuse. Reminds me of the "sure these speakers sound bad now but wait till you break them in" line of BS. Also, volume can be used to try to mask a bad sound. This is why when A/Bing speakers you have to make sure the levels are matched because a louder speaker may appear to sound better when it really does not.
I'm glad I don't have to push my speakers to higher levels in order to make them sound nice. Good speakers should sound good when played at any level
Well...I'm not disagreeing; I don't have a dog in this fight...and I'm not "technical" enough to back-up any particular POV with science
. But let's take my own (former) brand for example...the aforementioned Dynaudio. Two of the reasons I've heard that a) they need extensive break-in (not sure how big a believer I am in all that
), and b) that they need some oomph, some power/current to sound their best are...a) their drivers (which they manufacture themselves, of course) are fairly stiff, and b) the driver excursion...or whatever you call the amount of travel...is fairly deep.
Again, no science to prove such a thing...but that makes, at least, common
sense to me. Here's what I do
know...what my ears
tell me, anyway: Dyns...especially the stand-mount monitors...produce much more bass than you would think them capable. They are really bass-champs, with their smaller speakers AFAIC. Two...they sound fantastic LOUD, and are almost impossible to over
-driver/drive to "break-up". I guess my point is...I agree with Dave, ideally
...you'd want a speaker that sounds good at a lower volume; but what if the trade-off it doesn't sound as good at higher volumes? Then I guess you've got to pick your poison.
Sure...you could get a speaker that sounds equally great at both; but then that would be perfect, and good luck with that, lol. For example...I now have Harbeths. Amazing speakers...for what they do well
. But they certainly don't Rock the house like my old Dyns.