Originally Posted by aohurst
I understand what you're saying Buford (love that movie by the way).
But I'm not an audiophile and really wouldn't know to bump a frequency to make it sound more like what I'm wanting to hear.
Maybe I should learn how and that would open up a lot to my ears.
I might be an outlier, but I think most people are primarily looking for great sounding speakers for HT use and a bit of music and want to simply hook speakers up, set crossovers and run Audyssey or YPAO, etc. and be done with it.
(I don't mean AVS members, I mean the general public)
I know when I buy new equipment, I play around with it a lot at first, but life intrudes and I get busy, and later I just want it to sound good when I turn it on and start the BR player.
I hear you and I certainly didn't take what you said the wrong way at all. You like what you like.
And, you're also correct about the average buying public. Anything but a sound bar with a wireless bass box and they complain about size. Lol
My only caveat to what you said is that, when significantly deviating from a neutral design, "good" sounds good until it DOESN'T. And that extra sweetness can sometimes turn sour when material that is already "sweet" is played. That's all.
It's the argument of neutrality (and not just in the amplitude domain, either) that has brought great and deserved success to Dennis Murphy, Dave F, Jon Lane, and others.... And it's created some truly happy, long-term-satisfied system owners from each of those companies. Something to think about.
But, and I reiterate, you like what you like. And if you prefer more of a British, "smiley face" EQ, I don't have the hubris to tell you you're wrong. In fact, knowing that could make speaker shopping much easier for you by narrowing the herd considerably if flatter designs like Ascend, Philharmonic, and Chane are not your thing.
It's like Baskin Robbins; you like what you like. And that is OKAY, brother.
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