I have had the pleasure to listen to many $20K plus speakers over the last year, including Wilson, Magico, Focal, YG, and others. Many of them have been reviewed in this magazine or in its sister publication. The question I have is: are some of these “state of the art” speakers too "dynamic"?
I go out to hear live music at least 3 times a month, so I have a good sense of what real dynamics are. It’s only my conjecture, but it seems to me that speaker designers may make the speakers extra dynamic to make them sound more exciting. However they don’t get it right to my ears. When I listen to a “standard” sound such as the spoken voice or a finger snap for an objective reference, the sound seems to “jump” on many of these speakers and doesn’t sound very natural. Using a car analogy, the car can only go 0-60 in 4.5 seconds, but has a hard time accelerating in traffic conditions. Are many of the expensive too dynamic? What are some other ways to tell if the speaker is too dynamic?