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I often hear people babble on about the shimmer, sparkle and air of ribbon tweeters. These tests show where these "special effects" are coming from - distortion. This revelation isn't going to sit well with those who spent big money on ribbons with expectations or false beliefs that they are the best performers. What can I say except that I call them like I see (and hear) them.
But is something there that tells me to save up for an extra 150--200 watts? Yeah, there is. But I can’t tell what or why.
Just a strong inclination that there’s more there. No doubt when I move to a larger room that inclination will become stronger. I’m in no hurry though because in the end the quality of any amp and speaker should be measured against how well they perform at low levels.
Most any decent amp/speaker sound better by cranking on the knob a bit.
My recollection of my Clayton is that it seemed to have a lot more power than the rated 40 watts.The new S40 have been tweaked up to 50 per channel. I had mine tested an we got 72 useable watts.
BHOBBA: thanks for your comments and suggestions/information/links. It could be, like many others, I am victimized by my audiophile enculturation.I know one thing, I want my speakers to sound best across a large spectrum of volume settings, but if I could only choose one setting/level to get audio nirvana it would be 80db. So that might explain my comments psychologically.
Even though I listen at relatively low levels like you I want my speakers to 'to sound best across a large spectrum of volume settings'. While I am not a speaker designer I suspect that is not an easy thing to do.
So, sorry for the dissertation but you hit the nail on the head. Doing it all is a LOT HARDER than just doing a few things correctly. If you don't want it all, well...then buy the compromises. On the other hand, if you do want it all...we'll be standing by.
Is the higher levels of distortion present in the Millennium tweeter the reason for the claimed superior detail and "air?" I wonder. This whole issue has me extremely curious.
A similar thing happens at the bass end; a speaker with clean bass end, that is, with less overhang, or able to stop faster, will be perceived as being bass shy in contrast to another that has the same measured response to steady state tones but more overhang.
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