I read the clash of the mini speakers and have heard the polk, monitor audio, klipsch and axiom and the article states no clear winner while some outperformed others.
Then someone with axiom experience said that they would all score similarly good which is a great way for a speaker to never come out on the losing side of things
What confuses me is that if they all score "similarly good" yet a B&W 805 loses to an axiom m3 in a DBT at a anniversary bash at axiom.
How can this be that an B&W 805 which was priced at $2500 cannot even score similarly good vs the axiom m3 which was $348 at the time?
To quote Alan Lofft
"However in the B&W 805 vs. Axiom M3 listening test, I did not write "similarly good" because I clearly had a preference for one over the other and that was expressed in the individual scores and in my written comments."
So the speakers in the sound and vision article would score similarly good but the B&W 805 does not score similarly good when compared to the m3, Wow the 805 much be one bad speaker?
Myself I dislike the term "similarly good", and I wonder if its dated, over used, biased, depends on which brand or model your debating?
At what point does it become not believable? Is a DBT done at a axiom anniversary with axiom owners unbiased?
Alan also stated
"Under "Overall Sound," speaker #1 received a 7.5 out of a possible 10. A rating of 7.5 is what I'd call "good," which means it's a reasonably accurate, pleasant-sounding loudspeaker but with a couple of audible flaws that prevent it from getting a higher score. I gave speaker #2 a rating of 8.5; while not perfect, it represents a speaker that I'd describe as "excellent" with no blatant flaws or audible colorations."
# 1 speaker was the B&W and #2 was the axiom speaker. I find the article hard to believe myself and it left me scratching my head.
But who am I to argue as Alan Lofft has had 30 years of blind listening test experience.
Finding a way to get honest answers in the world of audio is a tough thing to do.
Dr. Floyd Toole coined the phrase "similarly good"
Si Robertson coined the phrase "hey....What a piece of junk"