Originally Posted by Zues
Not to hard to understand. A revealing speaker fills the room with sound much more easily than a non-revealing speaker. So at higher volumes the revelaing speaker can be too much for home theater. Depends on room size i guess also.
Sorry, Zues, that's just simply wrong.
"Revealing" is the current fad of making a speaker harsh or bright in order to get attention at the show room. Usually with fancy materials (metal, kevlar, carbon, fiberglass etc). These materials can be used properly and lower distortion, but usually, they aren't crossed over properly or are tuned bright. They may have more detail in many areas but they also usually have too much upper midrange and/or they are resonating with a 5% or 10% distortion peak. Other speaker simply make the treble bright. I've listened to two sets of speakers in the last week that made me leave the room within 5-10 minutes of turning them on. But some less expensive speakers with decent poly drivers may not have as much resolution, but they also aren't adding a lot of cone resonance to the sound that make them sound like the current audiophile fad speakers.
Another problem is all these 1st order designs that simply add tons of acoustic, motor and cone distortions to the mix and sound good with jazz at 85dB, but often hit 10% or more distortion during louder passages in a movie.
Truly revealing, in the real sense of the word, is a lack of distortion. Lack of distortion makes *everything* sound better, even HT. More enjoyable, easier on the ears.
Bottom line, if your speaker sounds "too revealing", it's either harsh or bright, pick one. (your room could suck also). It's not your amp, it's not your cables, it's not your power conditioner or lack thereof. It's your speakers/setup/room.
As for "too room filling". *Maybe*. If you're talking about a dipole or bipole speaker that saturates the room with reverb and muddies up the sound in the wrong room. But if you're talking monopoles, it's simply not the case. Good, wide dispersion only makes the speakers blend better, widen the sweetspot and makes everything sound more realistic.
Zues, what are these speakers that are too revealing, too audiophile for HT?