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Old 22nd February 2009, 06:50 AM   #1
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Default What constitutes "Acceptable " performance

I thought I'd throw this question into the ring because my partner keeps asking why I need to buy more woofers "again"

do others judge acceptable performance based on the cost of the finished speaker, or do you already have a set of criteria ready for shopping.

Is the next set of woofers always going to be dearer better than the last set??

Do you shop knowing in advance that you need sub-woofers??

Balance is always important but what is your major factor when designing and buying, bass?? Mid-range clarity, extended highs and top end??

I'm moving house at the moment so all projects are suspended until I get my new "Man-cave"
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Listening to a reference quality system is a good way to find out.
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Marchel Hi! are you saying that only perfection is acceptable??
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"Acceptable" is by definition a subjective term so any reply and view should be ... acceptable.

To me, acceptable is something that reproduces the lower three octaves (16 ~ 128Hz) without a boomy effect. A small driver in a small enclosure can't even hope to produce realistic sound levels but aim for audible.

In other terms, I'd like to be able to listen to the lower chello and piano notes, albeit at an attenuated level.

Obviously, that might not be acceptable for Rock music as it would make the drums lifeless. In such a case, a slight to medium overshoot could be prefered - even be more enjoyable.

As the absolute perfect reproduction is both expensive, room dependant and in many cases impossible, acceptable comes into play with each one focusing on different attributes.
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Listening to a reference quality system is a good way to find out.
I agree, it provides reference points.

IMO: Perfection is a human concept. Human physiology guarantees a limited ability to perceive the visual and auditory spectrum anyway. The drive to a nebulous concept like perfection has ( and continues to be ) something that is sought for a long time by mankind.
Probably has been the source of madness for many.


454Casull"s answer works for me
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Marchel Hi! are you saying that only perfection is acceptable??
Not necessarily , But at least you'll know where you are at.
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Acceptable could mean a table top radio to an all out TOTL cost no object set-up. It really has no meaning unless you put it into some kind of context.

I have a couple of cloned reference systems I use to judge performance by. It's all relative though as the reference systems are all different but are all good in their own right with different strenghts.

This is such an open ended hobby some of you may hate how my referencecs sound. So I see acceptable as personal perspective unless we happen to be in the same room agreeing we both like what we hear.


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