Sheilajeanne wrote:Other than using your ears, how do you determine the quality of a speaker? What makes one better than another? How do older speakers (the big ones that often sat on the floor) compare with modern ones?
At the risk of being boring by repetition, making a good speaker is
actually all about numbers. Apart from any mishaps or failing parts, speaker age has little to do with good sound, it's the original design - and execution - that makes the difference. Please take a look at the interview the late John Dunlavy gave for Stereophile...http://www.stereophile.com/interviews/163/index.html
Like JD said, a speaker that measures good will sound good too, all one has to do is pay attention to the (not so
) little details
All the best in your search for good sound,
PS I failed to upload JD's article "Loudspeaker Accuracy: the quest for getting loudspeaker design right", published on WSR, issue 58. Do look it up on the net if you have the chance
PS2 alright, alright, I know DAL speakers were a bunch of ugly boxes. I suppose Harvey "Gizmo" Rosenberg (Guildmeister of The Triode Guild
) had those in mind when commenting on "monkey coffins"
... then again, they were designed for good sound at low cost, not for good looks and high WAF or Friend-AF ... be that audiophile or other
PS3 Single drivers, dipoles, bipoles, horns and other exotic designs (
) are to be covered at some other thread, yes?