All together for a bookshelf speaker shootoff
People love shootouts. Heck, WE love speaker shootouts. And we’ve wanted to line one up for some time. Back in May we started the planning stages and assembled a bunch of products for extended loan and review. Now we’re here. We’re ready. We’re… well, we’re doing a lot of cable swapping and listening.
I’m sitting here in Reference System 1 along with Gene DellaSala, Tom Andry and J. Walker Clarke. We’re arranging a handful of loudspeakers from the likes of Hsu Research, RBH Sound, Dali, Ascend Acoustics, AV123, Polk Audio and Usher Audio. It’s not often that we can get together like this to compare and contrast eight (8) pairs of speakers – with measurements. So far the morning has been filled with unboxing speakers, setup, photos… and a heated discussion of how we could have forgotten to bring Gears of War to fill in the time in between measurements.
We’re taking measurements of each speaker now to properly test and confirm the sensitivity and enable us to accurately match levels and make apples-to-apples comparisons. It’s a quick process with the LMS system (when it doesn’t crash, that is) and we’re just about ready to
NEWS FLASH: Gene has just confirmed that Bose 201 Series 4s actually measure OK because the tweeter is set so high (and off-axis) that it blends back into the system to generate a fairly flat response… who knew? PS. The Bose measurement occurred prior to this round of testing and we don’t intend to add it into this shootout. We would, but it’s not a currently-shipping speaker (Bose is up to Series V now.)
Hey, I think Gene’s about done with LMS, so it’s time to start the fun part – listening to music on these speakers and taking notes on how each does with respect to another… We’ll be posting a shootout review on Audioholics.com so the real skinny will be available there.