I'm not sure this is a suitable question for the thread, but just in case, a question for the experts here:
Can we identify what attributes of a speaker are responsible for the "scale" of the sound?
By "scale" I mean the sense that sonic images both in size and in acoustic density and weight sound "bigger" or "smaller" - more "life sized" vs "toy-sized."
It's been my experience and the experience of most I know, that small stand mounted speakers often soundstage and image easily, but that the sound they produce seems miniturized. Play a jazz recording and it's like the drums, sax, trumpet, etc have been shrunk down in size.
Whereas in many cases a significantly larger floor standing speaker will cast a sound that seems much larger - not only the scale of the soundstage, but the sense that voices and instruments seem more convincingly big and full, closer to the real thing.
An obvious place to point to would be the greater bass extension presumed in the floor standing speaker. But in my experiencing trying to pair subwoofers with smaller stand mounted speakers, and in most pairings I've heard, just adding a subwoofer doesn't seem to truly change the scale of the sound. Mostly I hear the same smaller scaled images but with more bass extension. The sound does become a bit more dimensional and spacious, but the SCALE of the sound, the size and heft of the sonic images, seems to remain mostly what it was without the subwoofer.
But put up that bigger box and...boom...even if the sound doesn't reach all the way down to 20 Hz like a sub wood, the scale of the sound is so much bigger.
This kind of thing seemed the case even comparing a slightly bigger speaker, like my Thiel 3.7 against my Thiel 2.7, which is a smaller version of the 3.7. Bass extension is rated down to 33Hz for the bigger speaker, and a very close 35Hz for the smaller version. I wouldn't think the extra 2 Hz would entail a big difference in sound, at least intuitively. But the scale of the sound was significantly larger from the bigger 3.7 - soundstage more vast, image sizes and weight bigger and more 'real sized' for instruments and voices.
So I'm curious what could account for this class of observations, if accurate. Do bigger cabinets, bigger drivers, sheer scale of a speaker somehow contribute?
Another example are the Devore Speakers I've been evaluating this year, the O/96 and O/93 models with the 10 inch woofers and wide baffles:
One absolutely distinct characteristic in their sound is the sense of fullness and the larger instrumental image size. Drum sets sound BIG more like a real drum set than many skinnier speakers with similar frequency response, same with acoustic guitars, the scale of piano, sax, you name it. And I wonder what accounts for this.