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General speaker questions for audio and home theater.

RE: good measuring speakers

And that would apply to speaker makers who open up their computer software program (that they purchased along with other competitors) and then they all buy a polypropylene/Kevlar 6 inch woofer and a similar tweeter in a similar shaped cabinet all following the same approach.

I don't think any of the brands we're talking about do that. Revel, KEF, Magico, Dynaudio all design and make their own drivers in house. And all with different materials and design approaches.

The other major problem is that few people are listening to these things in the same room. So we listen to the KEF in January with Constellation and we get an impression and then in May we listen to the Magico on another system.

Definitely true. However, I would say that most loudspeakers have a personality or house sound that shows up to some degree regardless of where they're playing. For example, every Focal speaker I've heard sounds like it has a "smile" response, kind of a mild inverse Fletcher-Munson curve, with bass and treble just a bit elevated. Focus Audio's speakers have a slightly richer than neutral tone and a little peak around 1 KHz that enhances the in-room presence of the center image. Harbeth's always sound a bit soft and dull to me. And so on.

One thing I like a lot about the Magico S series is that they don't have much of a personality. Even if they're not somebody's cuppa, they are still great tools to use when auditioning other equipment. That's how I got turned on to them.

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