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RE: Zu Soul Supreme sensitivity

Yes but there is the issue that not EVERY loudspeaker is designed to be placed 3+ feet from every wall. The standard measurement is great for standard speakers. It's why Stereophile ALWAYS makes excuces for the horrible measurements of Magnepan because yak yak yak their "standard" measurement equipment can't properly take a measurement of a panel. Well that should also apply to loudspeakers that are designed for near wall or corner positions (certain horns, Alisons, Audio Notes).

I would agree with you if a free standing speaker manufacturer posted their corner loaded result in order to prop up the numbers. But that's not the case. Besides - Audio Note is a company that sells SET amplifiers and tube CD players without digital or analogue filters. They're never ever going to be able to sell ANY audiophile on the planet who is into numbers! So why even bother? The best SET amp is going to be trounced by cheap SS numbers and their CD players are absolutely terrible measuring - maybe the WORST in the entire audio industry. Broken even.

And guess what - they put both the WORST measuring amplifiers...SET and COMBINE that with the worst measuring CD players and speakers that run counter to all modern design(wide baffle, lossy cabinets, (ie bad), and usually put silver wires (which most consider too bright - thus horrible).

So again measurements SET (Bad), AN CD replay (Bad), Speakers (bad) stick it all together - then have reviewers who have heard virtually everything that measures stunningly awesome in Stereophile with people who can afford both sorts of things and still. It's not difficult - listen to XYZ speaker with 7 watt amp and determine if the speaker is efficient/sensitive.

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