10 Loudspeakers Trends That Should End

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shadyJ

Speaker of the House
Staff member
There were a lot of good points in the article but I was surprised that there wasn’t a point made about designing center channels as three-way instead of MTM.
We have done that one to death. This article was more about hammering the points that usually get less attention.
 
GO-NAD!

GO-NAD!

Audioholic Spartan
Also, WRT paint gloss level- no, it's not a standard. Get sample cards from 10 paint companies and you'll see at least 8 varieties of 'semi-gloss' that don't look the same, some have 'eggshell' that looks like satin and most don't even use the same word to describe the gloss of interior and exterior paints. Now, if you want to compare automotive finishes, you'll find a more limited palette- more colors, fewer levels of gloss. Then, there are finishing materials that are called 'Custom' and they can be all over the map WRT gloss. What is your reference for the 'true satin' that you mentioned?
I think "satin finish" is somewhat like obscenity - difficult to define, but you know it when you see it.

Proper “satin” finishes are silky and very smooth and do have a reflective sheen although a lot more diffuse than a gloss finish. A true satin finish is smooth to the touch and has no texturing.
That's about as concise as one can be, I would suggest, as there is are subjective ranges of gloss. I think marketing people throw the word "satin" around liberally because it connotes luxury. He did (correctly) refer to "textured vinyl" as not qualifying.
 
highfigh

highfigh

Audioholic Slumlord
I think "satin finish" is somewhat like obscenity - difficult to define, but you know it when you see it.



That's about as concise as one can be, I would suggest, as there is are subjective ranges of gloss. I think marketing people throw the word "satin" around liberally because it connotes luxury. He did (correctly) refer to "textured vinyl" as not qualifying.
Got any examples? Nudge, nudge, wink, wink ;)

Hardness of the dried/cured material makes a big difference- a harder material can feel very smooth, if it's high/medium gloss, satin or matte but a softer material feels like more friction.

One benefit of low gloss finishes is that they don't reflect as much light and if they're in view of light reflected from a large TV or projection screen, it can be distracting.

Aw, c'mon! You don't like a nice snakeskin or Alligator vinyl?
 
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jeffca

Junior Audioholic
I can't offer a single rebuttal to your article.

Don't you just love it when audio press people speak sense rather than nonsense (like that imbecile Michael Fremer)?
 
davidscott

davidscott

Audioholic Ninja
Great article. Love reading things like this

Harmon is the worst on their packaging especially their Infinity speakers. They are messed up a LOT. Their JBL 590s are a little better as they come freight on a pallet

I end up biting the bulled and putting the SVS feed on all my subs. I know many think it's a waste but if it's a sub we will use for years it's not too big a deal

On FEDEX/UPS, my nightmare on that was related to a Outlaw AMP I bought used from someone. It's a heavy AMP. I looked out the window and saw the UPS driver literally rolling the box to the door. It did some damage but still worked. I really like when companies send heavy stuff via freight on a pallet but I know that adds cost.
Luckily, I purchased my Infinity speakers at a local establishment, so I didn't have to worry about shipping.
 

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