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What are some of the better measuring speakers at any price range?

Like many of us, I've been closely following this thread: https://www.avsforum.com/forum/89-sp...nce-shows.html

As mentioned several times, an expensive speaker doesn't necessarily measure well; and you can get a decent measuring speaker at affordable prices.

Aside from 2 of the more prominent (and expensive) speakers mentioned in that thread (Revel Salon 2 and JBL M2), what are some of the better measuring speakers out there at lesser price ranges?

I realize this will be limited to speakers in which measurements exist publicly, but for those of us interested in objective speaker performance at a more budget friendly price, I figure a list like this could be useful.
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Ascend Acoustics. Probably the best measuring speakers out there with price points as low as $300 a pair.
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Also, here is a speaker that answers the OP's question with its name alone "The New Affordable Accuracy Plus Monitor" and it can be had also around the $300 mark. This and the speaker above are a great way to start (and end) your HiFi journey.
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Depends on your definition of best sounding I guess and what the purpose is. Speakers with huge wave guides will sound big and spacious in the mid and farfield but will sound pretty diffuse in a near field setting. Some people might prefer a more intimate sound in that setting, especially since diffuse sound seems less dynamic and tight since its conveyed over a longer time span (more of the sound is from reflections than direct sound). Kind of like the difference between the Sennheiser HD800 vs say an Audeze LCD headphone.

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Philharmonic AA Plus -- look at these measurements
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The JBL 7 series measures well.

For an inexpensive bookshelf, look at Kali Audio. It is a bunch of ex-Harman guys.

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NHT C-3 3-way bookshelf speakers at about $300 each (Amazon).
Here's a review with specs:


https://hometheaterhifi.com/reviews/speaker/bookshelf/nht-c3-bookshelf-speaker-review/

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I'd look at some studio monitors. Many companies have measurements available like Genelec,Neumann,etc. THX PM3 certified models is another avenue to find good performance.
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Look for more than a simple on-axis curve. Some manufacturers also use excessive smoothing which will make the curves look better for marketing purposes.

The single graph off-axis curves that some manufacturers post can be misleading too - it's best to have overlaid curves which correctly show the behavior of the speaker. Here's a site which has many speakers so you can see some comparisons.
https://www.soundstagenetwork.com/in...=16&Itemid=140
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Like many of us, I've been closely following this thread: https://www.avsforum.com/forum/89-sp...nce-shows.html

As mentioned several times, an expensive speaker doesn't necessarily measure well; and you can get a decent measuring speaker at affordable prices.

Aside from 2 of the more prominent (and expensive) speakers mentioned in that thread (Revel Salon 2 and JBL M2), what are some of the better measuring speakers out there at lesser price ranges?

I realize this will be limited to speakers in which measurements exist publicly, but for those of us interested in objective speaker performance at a more budget friendly price, I figure a list like this could be useful.
Supposedly every JBL and Infinity model uses Harman measurements in their design despite the measurements not being published in their literature.

Many fans of lower priced JBLs and Infinity speakers but, nevertheless, some people have preferred competing non measured brands when doing in home A/B comparisons.

So no matter which way you go I'd strongly recommend at least starting with speakers with free or low priced returns.

Crutchfield has many high quality bookshelves with just $10/box returns and 60 days to return them and several brands, (including JBL and Infinity plus SVS, HTD and RSL) have free returns.

And then there are some decent Best Buy choices with free returns unless you abuse that pollicy.

Always best to try at home, preferably in an A/B situation, and let your ears decide IMHO.

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I know their research has said that flat spin data leads to a 90% predictor of best sound. but thats within a price range I believe so 300 dollar speakers vs 300. I dont think this means 300 dollar jbl 308 sound as good as their higher priced competition. maybe it does...but when I audition I am still more impressed by higher priced speakers within the line.

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I believe the Infinity Primus 360 measured very well and were inexpensive. They are no longer sold, but they received many 5 star reviews on websites.
Surprised that you made this comment since those reviewers offered no scientific data to support the 5 star ratings.

Oh ****!!!! They are Harman speakers. Have to be great.
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