JoeE SP9 wrote:When it comes to speakers the only thing that matters to me is how they sound. IME newer speakers sound better than all but the very best vintage ones. IMO it's a luddite attitude to think there has been no progress in the science of designing and manufacturing loudspeakers since whenever "your" favorite 30-40 year old speaker was made.
This also applies to audio electronics in general. The best there ever was is being made today. If you don't want to or can't afford to pay the price it makes no difference. The facts are still the facts.
This has been already discussed in other topics before. So I agree and disagree with you on the approach implying different when new equals progress. I agree that it is how they sound to you that matters. But accordingly depending on the medium you are listening too as well. We all can understand that 78 rpm's do sound best on big bass loaded "munchy" speakers. Not on clear and fast responding speakers.
I also agree that speaking about speakers you have the progress in some parts, more specifically the electronics. And that can indeed do a lot of improvement IME. But as for the design and build of speakers to claim "progress" is like comparing pairs and apples. New different designs and characteristics in sound rendition came onto the market through the decades but not only in honor of music
at all times IMHO.
So I don't agree that change in design and sometimes in techniques of bass response means on it's own a progress. Some are still searching for the old so called "round and warm" sound for their old records. I understand them, I once was there also. I am not anymore as I now have a rather "neutral and clear" sound. Mind you I am in the compromise since my vintage 45's still do not require a "sharp and cold" sound.
I've heard such high-end audio (CD) set-up in the "sharp and cold" zone and it sounded impressive but the gain in detail, depth and clarity (without distortion) in sound dismantled the tune to my ears and so the musicality of it all got lost in transcription
. This is where to my ears the gain in those characteristics are welcome to one point and on some of my
set-up components as in my amp, pre-amp and speakers.
Those electronic parts truly have benefited from the technological progress and allowed gain in sound precision and clarity. But then also required to have more precision and definition into the record mastering and pressing. So this is where I am voluntary limited and enjoy the combination of my old and new phono gear parts to honor and dishonor my vintage 45's. Some as is
others tweaked to my ears, needs and use.
To make my task easy without spending dosh I shouldn't on speakers, I ended up with those vintage Leak 'Sandwiches' that I DIY recap tweaked for a real upgrade and finer definition of the drivers. They are the incarnation where the progress in the capacitors allowed a better performance out of the older drivers. I could find better "modern" speakers likely but not for the same money and hardly (as in rarely) to suit my records and ears.