Originally Posted by Smokey B
Thanks...saw other posts mentioning that option and, I guess, might consider it as a last resort. Just a big hassle and waste of $75 if I don't like them. I can get access to all my other interests locally, so if none of them wow me, I suppose ordering without hearing first is the best (only?) solution. Thanks again.
The main value of listening to speakers in a store is that it allows you to figure out what type of SOUND SIGNATURE (e.g. "bright? warm? neutral?") you prefer. But at the end of the day, there is simply NO SUBSTITUTE for an in-home audition.
Why not? Because: You never know if the salesperson is inept and/or dishonest (cough cough, Best Buy Magnolia), and how much effect the shop's room acoustics and chosen receiver/amp will have on how the speakers sound IN THE STORE vs how they will actually sound in YOUR home, on YOUR electronics---and most importantly, with YOUR room acoustics in play. Not to mention all the different variables concerning placement, subwoofers, subwoofer settings, receiver settings, etc. which can make a huge difference in your perception of the speaker you're hearing.
The hard reality is that a little bit of trial-and-error, i.e. possibly shipping a few speakers back, is simply a fact of life if you want to find what you really like.
PS. If you simply want a "fuller" sound than your MLs, the 4.2 might be plenty already---I am home auditioning a pair right now from Crutchfield and have turned off my two subs because they put out plenty for music. For HT of course you'd want a big ported sub with *any* speaker, towers included, at *any* price.