Buy Home Speakers! Which are the Best Speakers for Theater and Music?

How can you get a system that will sound great in your home

Only buy Home Speakers if you can voice them in your home…

What?

If you cannot adjust the frequency response of a speaker system in your room, how can you make them interact with your room as they should?

Are you able to voice your loudspeakers so that they sound exactly the way the recording engineers intended?

This is an overlooked and vitally important element of speaker design.

If you cannot; you should at least be given the opportunity for an in home audition.

How many brands allow you to do this?

Not many…

Do your new speakers give you the perfect balance of treble, mid-range and bass presence?

Not many do…

If you could easily make these changes wouldn’t that make the choice to buy home speakers simpler? Sure it would!

Most retail speaker systems are unable to do this very simple function.

This function is not the same as a tone control. What I am speaking of a the ability to adjust the output level of each speaker driver.

What if you could make changes to your system such as: Add a bit of treble or midrange or bring up that suck out that is in your room, would you do it?

I’m not talking about tiny changes like getting new cables.

I’m talking about the difference between a speaker sounding bright or dark with the click of a mouse or turn of knob and being able to do this within a few seconds.

Using DSP or digital signal processing to fix in-room-speaker response

Think this is a non issue?

It isn’t…

I can tell you from experience that being able to tune your audio system is vital to landing on the sound that you ultimately prefer.

And if you plan to buy home speakers you should at least consider the possibility of implementing this digital technology.

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A Technology Comparison:

The Mimesis 32 preamplifier

Goldmund Mimesis 32 digital preamplifier

is a digital preamplifier, room correction processor, and a digital crossover built by Goldmund. This is a High End Swiss company that makes some of the best speaker systems, amplifiers and preamplifiers in the world.

If you have no budget constraints I believe Goldmund should be on your short list in your quest to buy home speakers. Goldmund, in my opinion is a phenomenal high performance audio company. They have little if any real competition.

The Mimesis 32 creates digital crossover slopes, room correction, and speaker correction all within the preamplifier.

But this preamplifier is basically a high power computer precisely built for your audio system. It is a work of art. And frankly, it is an incredible achievement. If I could justify the expense I would probably own one myself.

I was reading about this digital preamp with crossovers when it came to me that the system I am encouraging enthusiast to adopt is really the same thing. Or at least very, very similar to the system I am describing here, the concept itself is in fact identical.

However the Goldmund Mimesis 32 costs close to 60,000.00 USD.

You Can Build a similar product with the same technology:

You can build your own with all new parts for around 900.00 USD. But even less expensive than that is the fact that you may already own some of the parts that are needed, such as the computer or HTPC. Keep in mind this is a beginning number.

You could also spend up to 10,000 USD if you chose extremely high quality professional D to A converters. These digital to analog converters might be similar to this Dave Lavry blue DAC . This is a high quality multichannel digital to analog converter.

I also want to point out that there are simpler ways to make your own DIY crossover with a product such as the Behringer 96/24 digital crossover. It does not offer quite the transparency of the system with a Dave Lavry DAC but it can be used very successfully.

Final Voicing of the Instrument 2 loudspeaker Using DSP:

Here is how we did it:

I would make a few changes to the crossover, and then my wife and I would make a trip to the local symphony.

I would listen to the audio system again and make small changes to match the sound I heard in the Symphony Hall.

After this I would listen to another high performance loudspeaker in a High End Audio boutique shop. Then come back and make some more crossover adjustments.

I repeat the process until I am certain that I am at the limit of what this design could accomplish. That process took all of 10 months time.

I think about what changes I want to hear. Why certain sounds were more real to my ears. And then make more changes until I am satisfied with the results.

But these speakers were not built on luck or trial and error. They were Only voiced by ear. All other design decisions were made based on acoustic theory and engineering. The plans were built in CAD far before the first cut was made on the table saw

When your goal is to buy home speakers that will give you years of satisfaction, it makes sense to take your time. Tuning a speaker in this way gives you all the time you want.

The goal becomes the quality of the sound or a realistic… go to Part 4: Audio Home Speaker Testing

 


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