After auditioning speakers at a national electronics chain this weekend, I came away feeling like my ears had been subjected to the sonic equivalent of water boarding. Four of the five "audio-video" type speakers that they offered had a hot metallic "sizzle" in the high frequency range. The bass was boomy, and the sound in genereal was just unacceptable for music reproduction These were priced in the $1,000 to $3,000 range. The fifth speaker set sounded great, but they were a good $1,000 past my budget.''
Anyway, is my observation of the $1K to $3K "audio-video" speakers a negative generalization based upon a poor selection of speakers?. Or, do manufacturers tend to build a lot of sizzle and boom into speakers that are intended to be used in home theaters? At the current time, I am only interested in playing music through my system.