Originally Posted by JamHandMan
yeah, I read that and was not happy with it. I feel the reviewer didn't like that the speakers didn't color the sound. I guess when something is too neutral that can be a bad thing?
That review sounded similar to reviews I have read of many Acoustic Research speakers sold in the 70s and 80s that still adhered to Kloss' and Villchur's opinion of what a speaker should sound like. Though obviously instead of thinking of them as uncolored, those reviewers perceived them to sound veiled and extremely warm, and while I own & like Advent speakers*, another Kloss product, I have to admit I also
thought AR's speakers were definitely on the laid-back side unless powered by a powerful amp and listened to at higher volume levels.
AR did a lot of research on speakers and how they behaved in real-world listening situations :thumbsup:, in other words actual living rooms filled with sound-absorbing furniture and
reflective surfaces like windows and bare walls. This was in stark contrast to many other brands who SOLELY used acoustically-inert anechoic chambers to design & test their speakers, but when used in the typical living room to many people that almost always resulted in them sounding sterile, overly-bright and unpleasantly aggressive or to use a subjective term, "unmusical".
* Advents were designed for a slightly different listener and especially, for a different (lower) price point, the result being a speaker that required less power for the same volume level and relatively speaking a bit more of a "lively" sound quality at low-to-mid volume levels