- Nov 16, 2014
Of course the Devores are in a different league. I just meant measured ragged responses may not be heard as so by listeners. Other positive stuff makes people think they are more linear then they think. This is something that comes up a lot in my experience.
This is why I've said that Toole/Harman only has half the picture and the holy grail of even frequency response is not the most important thing, and is absolutely not the primary driver of preference like they think it is. It's only an issue compared to other systems that are very similar. Harman will never setup a system with the same kind of care given to AC power, cabling, and vibration control that are necessary to achieve best results. They ASSume all these things don't matter but it seems to me they have never actually tested it.
With my own speakers I know exactly what and where the FR issues are but nobody that hears my speakers notices that. Even very experienced listeners and other speaker designers don't recognize these issues. I've had people experienced in recording studios fooled thinking the speakers were much flatter than they really are.
OTOH, Everyone notices the 3-D, immersive presentation and everyone comments on it. Compared to my other speakers, Pioneer S-1EX (similar to TAD Evo Towers), this is what everyone comments on and 100% of people so far prefer my speaker on that basis even though the Pioneers are very close to technically perfect. The other issue is the Pioneer's two 7" woofers aren't even close to the amazing 15" AE woofers my speakers use.
Other things folks tend to comment on vary quite a bit. Some are more sensitive to certain things than others, it is very interesting...
As far as AER driver specs, IDK... you may also note it's claimed they are flat 20Hz-20kHz with almost no variation. That + the efficiency seem to be pushing believability but IDK. I had BD3 and have heard BD1 in a BLH but I've not measured them myself. BD4 pricing is ridiculous and not worthwhile imo.
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