Are they really screaming at us?

Ded Frag -- Wed, 03/23/2011 - 18:57

 I've noticed of late comments in the English audio press claims that most modern speakers have a frequency response with a 'tilted up treble'. These claims aren't, as far as I've read, ever accompanied by any objective tests results. My suspicion is that as source and amplification have achieved ever higher fidelity in the reproduction of upper treble, acoustically bad domestic listening rooms have themselves started to irritate reviewers. We can't assume that because they're reviewers their female companions (if they have one) have permitted them to treat their listening rooms in any sensible manner. Am I barking up the wrong tree? I'll admit that some speakers I've heard in the last few years do have a hot upper reach - Dali's come to mind. I should add that I found my own speakers sounded slightly aggressive in the upper treble until I altered the acoustics of my own room and that before I did so sound of a friend practicing trumpet in this room was simply painful.  Any thoughts? The insane audiophool puritanism of banning treble tone controls hasn't helped any of this either.

paulwelch250 -- Mon, 08/29/2011 - 19:57

My opinion: too many of the entry and mid prices audiophille seakers are using metal dome (and even metal midranges) with out enough investment in the drivers themselves and the crossovers to deal with the break up modes they introduce. Many of the speakers still using soft domes sound much better but I am seeing the price of those get higher. As to tone controls: I thought I still needed them but over time with improving my system I find myself using them less and less. Tracks that I though where harsh sounding are now just fine. There are some tracks with too much bass and it is still nice to turn it down 2 to 4 dB but in my main system I have another way of dealing with that that sounds better: turn down my stereo active sub woofers.

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