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Old 10th May 2011, 09:54 PM   #1
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Default Is being able to 'Understand the words/vocals/lyrics' the sign of a great speaker ?

I've had some of my music for decades, and still dont know many the words, ive been listening to my most recent build, (CSS EL70 in small corner mounted boxes) for about an hour (speakers have been playing about 10 hours on their own)

every lyric that i never 'got' is jumping out clear as day.

so I started wondering,

is that the defining quality of a 'great' speaker.

while playing all the rest of the music....

it is still coherent enough to reveal the lyrics.......

not just the chorus, but every nuance of every sound uttered from the performer

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Old 10th May 2011, 10:29 PM   #2
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is that the defining quality of a 'great' speaker.

a bettter speaker, for sure ...



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Old 10th May 2011, 11:21 PM   #3
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I have very good hearing, but I often have a tough time making out words if they're anything but perfectly clear- it's something I definitely look for in loudspeakers.
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Old 11th May 2011, 08:20 AM   #4
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Well, it is definitely something that helps identify a good speaker, as I have noticed that lyrics are easier to identify even when comparing the worst speakers ever (90*50mm oval computer speakers) to something average. Same thing goes for headphones, though you can identify lyrics easier with headphones, I think

Usually the "clarity" also comes with a character (of sound, not the singer...!)that you enjoy, or so I find.
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Old 12th May 2011, 09:14 AM   #5
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It will sound the same regardless of level within its reasonable limits, so it won't sound harsh as you turn it up or with loud passages.

It will also not force you to fight the sound, as it will not exaggerate any part of its performance. In other words it will not promote listener fatigue. This helps to reveal details in part because your ears need to be relaxed to hear them properly (if that makes sense, and just an opinion).

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Old 12th May 2011, 09:22 AM   #6
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Jeah but it does not mean is a speaker is good with vocal will sound good with grand piano.
MY monitors are excellent for vocal but they don't have the range or speed for reproducing piano faithfully ):
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Old 12th May 2011, 06:28 PM   #7
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Jeah but it does not mean is a speaker is good with vocal will sound good with grand piano.
MY monitors are excellent for vocal but they don't have the range or speed for reproducing piano faithfully ):
I was just about to write that if a speaker sound good with voices (as in radio listening) and do grand piano well, it is a good speaker to my taste.

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Old 13th May 2011, 09:44 PM   #8
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I experienced clarity of vocals with my first FR speakers - Fostex FE166en in BIBs. and yes, it plays rest of the music well too, so I love them.

So being good with voices would definitely be one of the qualities of a better speakers, but as others have so correctly pointed out, other qualities like good reproduction of instruments and non-fatiguing sound are also very important, and you can easily think of other attributes like sound stage, quality of bass, dynamics.

Happy to know that you are enjoying your speakers. Trying out FR drivers was quite an eye (and ear ) opening experience for me.

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Old 13th May 2011, 09:54 PM   #9
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good vocal intelligibility could be had by cutting frequency to 300-3KKz (maybe + ~ 1 octave) - avoiding IM distortion and masking from bass

riding the volume can help too - too loud is a problem
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