Originally Posted by CruelInventions
Yes, I too would be curious to read that. More specifically, how you performed your blind testing. Which isn't easy with speakers.
Not looking to find a, "GOTCHA!" in your testing method though they may very well be one or more of those given the challenge of blind speaker testing performed on an (assumed) relatively casual basis.
I've extensively tested a bunch of equipment and speakers over the years and I don't do write-ups. I think they're pointless. Even though I'm the only person I've seen on AVS post a high resolution hearing test up to 20kHz, I don't trust my ears/preferences and neither should anyone else. During my hearing test, I even had the audiologist randomize the tones, vary the cadence, and repeat most of it multiple times, all so I couldn't subconsciously try to trick it. IIRC, it took about 45 minutes.
I do testing solely to find out what I(and my wife) prefer in our room, that's it. I couldn't care less what anyone else prefers or thinks. Confirmation bias and subjective validation are so powerful that I really try to make it as rigorous as possible, without getting too crazy. The electronics are in another room 35+ feet away, so there's no visual or auditory clues about the test. The blind test is 100% operated by another person (my wife). Speaker profiles are created with and without room correction and can be loaded very quickly. They are manually level matched as well using a calibrated microphone. Since I don't have a fancy speaker rotator, speaker positions in the room are swapped at least once to verify there's not a positioning advantage/disadvantage.
I even cover my ears during a test change until the content starts, so I don't hear a slight increase in hiss from a more sensitive speaker. And there's lots more that I don't feel like spending hours typing out.
The bottomline with the F208 test was I found them fatiguing at my regular listening volumes after 20-30 mins. Now time for some subjective crap.....I found them to be less "clear and natural sounding" than the Ascend towers. Compared to all the other speakers I've tested, the Ascends just sound "right", whatever that means. The F208s sounded pretty good, but I never got those goosebump feelings of sheer joy/ecstasy while watching movies or listening to music. I never thought "Holy Crap, these sound good!!!" like I have many times with the Ascends. That's as best as I can describe it. I can also listen for hours at high volumes with zero fatigue.
There you have it. I tested them awhile back and didn't post about it, because who the hell cares what I prefer with my ears, in my room.
What does matter, is that I found my auditory nirvana, and I hope everyone is lucky enough to find the same.