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Listener types

Over the past few days, we've covered the various schemes of using thin-film drivers like ribbons, planars, and electrostats to effortlessly reproduce sound.

In the end, we've learned that in order to enjoy the transparency of these drivers and have dynamics and bass one either has to shell out crazy sums of money and living room floor space for giant beasts like the Soundlabs or Infinity IRS V or employ a hybrid approach like the FR30.

But what of the folks who are happy as proverbial clams with their pure panel speakers? Is it all or nothing for them?

No, not at all. In my experience, there are multiple listener types.

Some folks are simply ok with giving up dynamics and bass preferring instead, to live with a speaker's shortcomings because its benefits are so important to them.

Others don't listen to music with demanding dynamics. A string quartet or jass ensemble isn't going to demand more of a speaker than it can offer.

Then there are folks like me.


We demand it all: bass, dynamics, transparency, resolution, you-are-there imaging.

One type of speaker doesn't work for everyone.

Different listeners demand different levels of performance.

And, that's just fine.

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Paul McGowan

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