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What would be a good measurement for speaker 'detail?'

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If two speakers have the same frequency response, yet one is more 'detailed,' what measurement do you think would be most appropriate to try and explore the phenomenon of detail?

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If two speakers have the same frequency response, yet one is more 'detailed,' what measurement do you think would be most appropriate to try and explore the phenomenon of detail?

If they have the same response then the on-axis cumulative spectral-decay plot and the panel resonance spectral decay plot would together suggest what might be obscuring detail. But very often, enhanced presentation of detail is the result of small boosts in response in the upper midrange.

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If two speakers have the same frequency response, yet one is more 'detailed,' what measurement do you think would be most appropriate to try and explore the phenomenon of detail?

If they have the same response then the on-axis cumulative spectral-decay plot and the panel resonance spectral decay plot would together suggest what might be obscuring detail. But very often, enhanced presentation of detail is the result of small boosts in response in the upper midrange.

John Atkinson
Editor, Stereophile

Thank you, JA!

Do you think there is room for measurement of speaker distortion?

Percent THD would be fascinating, even if only done as a one off, like the Harbeth / Audio Note comparo.

Cheers.

Are you getting CES fever yet?

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Do you think there is room for measurement of speaker distortion?

Problem is that it is difficult to get truly meaningful results without access to an anechoic chamber. I have attempted to measure speaker distortion when I suspect something atypical is going on, but in general it can safely be assumed that small and inexpensive speakers distort more and therefore have a more limited dynamic range than large and expensive speakers.


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Are you getting CES fever yet?

Damn straight I am!!!

John Atkinson
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