The RL system on the whole sounds very good. Much better than the Cadillac STS system (sorry,I can hear "compression" coming from the dash 2 and 3 inch speakers).
And when you state accurate,what is your reference? For example, take a jazz group of about three players playing in an intimate club. Again what is your reference? The actual performance itself or the group's recording on a CD? [quote]
It has a frequency response that's free of peakiness and matches what I consider to be the ideal in-cabin response. The response of the RL is flat thru the entire treble range (within a couple of dB). And it's good in more than just the driver's seat. The tonal balance matches what I expect from a live performance ... with some consideration for a little more low frequency energy because (1) it sounds nice (2) auto-noise environments need it.
Originally Posted by wgerman
The one thing that drives audiophiles crazy is the arbitrary 16khz cutoff of most home Bose speakers (go to the professional side of Bose. com website and see the stated specs for 2 1/2 and 4 inchers). True there is not much information above 14khz, but the "air",harmonics and spatial cues are. Notice I stated "home" speakers, some of your projects Feng do deserve kudos and the RL is one of them.
There is no all-pervasive 16kHz cutoff that applies to all Bose products. HF extension depends on the room and the way the speakers are setup (Bose and almost any other brand). A set of B&W 800N's in a spectacular room that I heard were a good 6dB down at 16kHz and that FR was only headed one way (down fast). The sound was still spectacular, and the tiny bit of "air" that was missing didn't make that system any less than a world class system (in my opinion). I would have still paid $10 large for the speakers and 50 times that for that listening room. Now, I'm an old geezer, so maybe I can legitimately say so what about >16kHz. You should rip some DVD's and CDs, cut them off at 20kHz, 18kHz, 17kHz, 16khz, and do some blind listening. See where you hear the difference and how much$ you'd pay to get that difference back. I'd be interested to hear about your results. For me? I wouldn't pay more than $20 for the stuff over 18kHz, but the lower stuff is worth a lot to me. That's why we put a good tweeter in the RL.