Originally Posted by bear123
I feel pretty good getting a friend of mine started with the BS22's for his first set of speakers on an extremely limited budget, crossed with a sub. I'd feel terrible if he could afford $1800 and I had recommended those B&W. So yeah, I'd be way happier with those pioneer crossed to good subs than having way too much money in a set of speakers that measure like garbage.
To each their own though.
I guess each their own. I do understand the science behind what is being discussed but there does come a point in life, and take that back, only speaking for myself, you have to buy what sounds good to you and not worry about the rest.
I haven’t owned as many speakers as a lot of folks here but I have had my share.
I’ve owned Dynaudio Confidence, KEF Reference 1, KEF LS50, Dynaudio Focus line (twice).
I moved to Bowers 702 S2 a week ago. I moved and was going to do in walls and that idea died but I can’t afford to play in the space I once could after selling my KEF Reference speakers and taking on a greater mortgage. The KEF Reference were about as flat as a board in measurements but after a couple of years, maybe less, it just seemed there was no emotion to the music. I really really got bored of the sound. I think, looking back, it was the newness of the line and they did sound good in audition and those first published measurements! Should have listened to my heart more over my brain.
I really really liked the 702 S2 when I heard them. I listen to music like very old Coldplay where there was a lot of acoustic guitar, piano and vocal. They sounded fantastic for this style of music. I’ve only had them a week and not totally done with set-up, Dirac etc but screw the measurements to a point. A Friday night cocktail and some music of choice and I’m set.
As I said above, after owning enough speakers, you get a feel of what sounds right to you and what doesn’t and measurements may or may not be the first order of business and in the long run you need to know more than measurements, you really need to know what style of music is preferred. Some love Bach and others wouldn’t be caught dead listening to Coldplay Sparks.
Anyway, I think the 702 S2 sound great. They look great in white too.
Great thread by the way. Very fun read.