Originally Posted by Gooddoc
I don't understand how a speaker that clearly does not produce an accurate FR can somehow then "reastically recreate an actual acoustic event".
This does not compute for me. And this has NOTHING to do with Revel or any other specific brand. It applies to all speakers or devices of reproduction.
Sure, it's possible that a speaker that measures very accurately in some aspects might suck due to some problem in some other area. But a speaker cannot realistically reproduce an actual live event accurately if it is not accurate. Just is what it is.
Well, first of all, some of the speakers they showed at AXPONA are demonstrated in and intended for very large rooms, and I don't know if you can even go by measurements as they are typically done. In some of these systems, the listening chairs were 20 feet or more away from the speakers. I imagine that most of these elite speaker systems measure pretty well, if not as precisely as the Salon 2. If they are only slightly less accurate than the Salon 2, but are playing in a huge room which would have its own effects on the sound, can one even notice a slight difference in frequency response ?
Now, with regard to the ability to convincingly replicate a recorded event, I would submit that that is about more than just frequency response. It involves the sense of scale, depth and width of the sound stage, placement of vocalists and instruments within the sound stage, attack on transients, the ability to move large volumes of air and pressurize a room, how natural high frequency instruments such as cymbals sound, etc.
I was not even aware that some of these massive speakers even existed, but when I heard those demos, I then understood why they cost what they do. If you haven't heard systems of this caliber, you don't have a frame of reference by which to compare something like the Salon 2 to them. Again, this is not a knock on the Salon 2, which is a great speaker and value, but the question was whether there was ANY speaker that bests the Salon 2 in overall sound quality. And it seems to me that there certainly are such speakers, when you are talking about huge listening environments. But if one has super golden ears and can discern slight deviations from precisely accurate frequency response, then one might still prefer a more accurate speaker over a larger design with more dynamic capabilities.