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General speaker questions for audio and home theater.

RE: Are there established metrics for speaker specifications ?

Those are very complete standard specs for the Aria. And at best they only tell you it's probably a decent speaker. Frequency response is secondary to sounding live:move a seat in a concert hall and the frequency response changes. Dispersion and how it changes with frequency matters. Linear dynamic changes matter, not just how loud a system goes but does it go up and down in loudness accurately at low medium and high levels. What is the bass quality, not just how low does it go. Is there significant ringing. How does a speaker handle transients at any frequency? Do they stop quickly with the signal. This often has to do with the affect of a crossover on a driver. Poor crossovers matter.

This is already a lengthy list of measurements that matter and rarely exist for us to check. And I'll bet there are many others to use and also to be discovered. For now we use the specs there are and we learn to listen both to the product and to ourselves. Each of us needs to understand what performance values matter the most to us and those that we can not tolerate in order to choose the speaker we can live with and enjoy.


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