Originally Posted by Promit
I think we're speaking in slightly different directions - of course one can have detail without a treble rise. But a treble rise is a cheap and easy way to sucker audio reviewers into thinking a speaker is detailed without solving the actual problem. Cheap ribbons also have a reputation of substituting distortion ("sparkle") for detail. But for what it's worth my music reference system is a decidedly not expensive set of Adam T7V monitors (and I've listened to the A7X as well). I appreciate that buying the wrong
speakers (my Primes) is not in itself an argument for more expensive
speakers, but I have the capacity to throw the door open to these price points and one of my current shortlist speakers is the PSB Imagine X2T at $1400/pr
P.S. Since you brought cars into this, I daily drive a tuned (manual, 425hp) Focus RS. I don't know where that leaves me on that front
Oh, I thought you were being sarcastic. Sorry for the misunderstanding.
I think the SVS Primes are aimed squarely at the average low-information consumer walking into Best Buy, who regularly maxes out their treble and bass settings---this is how car stereos are set at the dealership when you test drive a car. Because they do have very good mid-bass punch, and very dynamic treble, sure to win over that demographic.
I home demoed the Prime books a few years ago and sent them back within 48 hours. At $500/pr
I thought they were comically bad, easily outperformed by $300 speakers like the Ascend 170SE and Emotiva B1 with a sub in play. At the same $500/pr
the dual woofer Ascend 340SE would have kicked them into the next galaxy.
Similarly, I think that you could find $800/pr
towers that would easily give you a big and noticeable improvement over the $1K/pr
Prime towers, such as the Emotiva T1 or Chane A5.5 --- wonder how those would compare to those PSBs. But $1400/pr
for towers isn't outrageous.
PS. I do have a weakness for hatchbacks (have wanted a GTI for years now), am just too cheap to blow $40K on a car, lol. Especially since I mostly bike commute to work. But I envy the stick shift and all wheel drive!