Home Speaker Asylum

General speaker questions for audio and home theater.

RE: I agree in principle, but...

Everything you say here is true. But I will stick with my advice. There are a few alternatives to a brick and mortar audio retailer--trade shows, folks here who might be nearby and willing to provide a listening session, owners selling them used who would demo them, etc. I guess if you have a lot of money, paying $4K for an unheard speaker is not a big deal, but I wouldn't do it.

I posted an inquiry here for nearby audiophiles who have a pair of speakers I wanted to audition. One gentleman about two hours' drive away, invited me to listen at his place with my own program material with which I was familiar. We had a very enjoyable time together. He has since visited me a couple of times and we stay in touch by e-Mail. A new audio friend!

Of course some retailers will allow an in-home demo, but I think that tends to be in the case of very loftily-priced equipment.

All the caveats about demos you mentioned are true. I have experienced these problems too. The conclusion one might draw from that is that there is no reason, ever, to audition equipment because the setup may be inept, is not what you have at home in your own space and with your own equipment. It is a tough problem for certain.

Enjoy your music!


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