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 Nov 17, 2004 - 12:00 PM - by Michael
* Ecoustics on Speaker Buying

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An interesting guide on speaker buying from Ecoustics - the 10 big mistakes in speaker shopping.

I think personally that #9 ought to have been first:

9. You bought good speakers with excellent reputations and let your spousal unit or companion persuade you to put them out of sight inside an antique armoire or entertainment unit.

Why buy really good speakers if you're going to place them inside shelving units or armoires? It's the old law of boundary effects. The more surfaces nearby or surrounding a speaker, the greater the likelihood of unpleasant colourations (see above). A speaker needs to operate more or less in free space. Smaller speakers sound their best on stands. If you must put them on a shelf, move the edge of the speaker so it protrudes from the shelf a bit to minimize boundary effects. Leave the armoire for electronics and storing CDs!

 

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