Originally Posted by torii
ok...we got the science in how to choose a loudspeaker....whats the science say for demoing loudspeakers so we dont mess up the science? lets say I walk into showroom and have focal 20k speakers and revel 20k speakers....what does science tell me so I dont pick wrong one?
I went to a high-end dealer over a decade ago and they had Salon1's in the smaller room and >$20K Avalon speakers in the larger, premier room.
The Salon1's sounded good but the sound of the Avalon was everywhere which was truly compelling.
The premier room had high ceilings and large ceiling panels angled slightly tilted-down with padding facing the rear of the room.
I concluded that I was listening to a good pair of speakers in a truly fantastic room.
I bought the Salon1's because I could not afford the room nor the speakers
A few years ago I auditioned the F206's with my brother-in-law in a mid-fi dealership.
This room had dropped ceilings, curtains, and rugs. It was DEAD.
The F206's were driven by a NAD class-D integrated amp that I did not care for once the volume was raised.
My brother-in-law bought the F206's and loves them. They are driven by a Parasound A21 that is directly connected to an Oppo BDP-105D.
No EQ and they sound just fine and measure well in his 13x18x8 room.
When I was shopping for the Salons, I also auditioned the comparable B&W's and ruled them out when I noticed the directivity of the midrange when changing from a seated to a standing position. Every speaker was subjected to Jennifer Warnes "Way Down Deep" to test for bass extension. Some speakers failed to produce the bass, other speakers, like the Monitor Audios, completely broke up. I picked the Salons also because I could not justify buying an expensive speaker that could not go below 40Hz with authority.
I replaced the Ultima1's with Ultima2's when my dealer offered them at an excellent price.
I had heard them at
's house but I would have bought them sight-unseen because I trust the brand and other forum members that are owners.
My purchases have been based on the reviews, measurements, technology, and reputation.
Auditions are helpful to examine the aesthetics, check for sound quality, and test for obvious limitations while taking into the account the room and electronics used.