Which brand makes the best quality loudspeakers?

Who makes the best speakers

  • Aperion Audio

    Votes: 22 3.3%
  • Axiom Audio

    Votes: 17 2.5%
  • B&W

    Votes: 148 22.2%
  • Harman (JBL, Infinity, Revel)

    Votes: 148 22.2%
  • Klipsch

    Votes: 100 15.0%
  • Martin Logan

    Votes: 58 8.7%
  • Paradigm

    Votes: 75 11.2%
  • Polk

    Votes: 38 5.7%
  • PSB

    Votes: 23 3.4%
  • RBH Sound

    Votes: 39 5.8%

  • Total voters
    668
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MrBoat

Audioholic Samurai
All this JBL talk made me break out the S38s from a forum member. First time hooking them up with bass management and my dual 12" subs, point blank like. What a fun setup. High-end, Schmi-end. JBL makes fun with taking a kick-ass speaker and put it in a mediocre cabinet and sell a million of them. This is that killer mid-bass thump and low enough distortion to where you keep pushing that volume cntrl.

Steely Dan - Aja.

 
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curmudgeon47

Audiophyte
Many manufacturers make high quality speakers that will stand up to years of use. Many manufacturers make
speakers which sound good. The two groups do not have complete overlap. B&W makes high quality crappy
sounding speakers. Magnepan makes lovely sounding speakers which can be somewhat fragile if not handled
somewhat gingerly. So I suggest the question be rephrased in one of two ways: 1) who makes the most
physically durable speakers; (2) who makes the best sounding speakers.
 
MaxInValrico

MaxInValrico

Full Audioholic
Many manufacturers make high quality speakers that will stand up to years of use. Many manufacturers make
speakers which sound good. The two groups do not have complete overlap. B&W makes high quality crappy
sounding speakers. Magnepan makes lovely sounding speakers which can be somewhat fragile if not handled
somewhat gingerly. So I suggest the question be rephrased in one of two ways: 1) who makes the most
physically durable speakers; (2) who makes the best sounding speakers.
Why would speakers be subjected to physical abuse?
 
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MrBoat

Audioholic Samurai
Just for so many speakers using rubber surrounds instead of foam, ends up checking the box for longevity, for me personally, as long as they are a reputable name. Anything else that could go wrong with the passive components, I could repair. Good surrounds and suspension aren't going to let cones sag or internal parts to rub, which was usually the death of older types. Save for some major electrical malfunction, Speakers should last much longer than they used to.

As far as brand loyalty, I am not so picky these days, because just about any brand with a relatively flat response with adequate frequency range for my purpose, I can, and have been able to make work satisfactorily. Same with neutral amplification. All have been pretty much like starting with a clean slate, with my usual tweaks and countermeasures being pretty much predictably the same across brands. The most common question mark with brands ends up being tweeters being roughly 1db too hot, too cold or just right. All of which is easy enough to fix without much fuss.

My selections tend to be more about size and headroom as always. I don't care how good a speaker is. If it has less than a 6.5" woofer, I will be left hanging (with full range use, at least) on the edge of clipping for as long as I own it unless it is extremely close listening, and even then, I will always be audibly aware of the limitations.
 
AcuDefTechGuy

AcuDefTechGuy

Audioholic Jedi
My selections tend to be more about size and headroom as always. I don't care how good a speaker is. If it has less than a 6.5" woofer, I will be left hanging (with full range use, at least) on the edge of clipping for as long as I own it unless it is extremely close listening, and even then, I will always be audibly aware of the limitations.
I gotta have dual 12" woofers on my towers, at least dual 10" woofers. :D
 
Revelation

Revelation

Junior Audioholic
We'd like to get your opinion on who you feel makes the best built and best sounding loudspeakers in consumer audio. Your opinion should be based primarily on sound quality followed by build quality and durability. This choice should be based on the overall product line of a particular company and not just one or two products that may excel.

If you find a particular brand on this list lacking, please indicate why.

Give us reasons why you chose a particular brand or why you feel that particular brand shines above the others on this list. If your brand isn't listed here (sorry only 10 polling options allowed), please post the brand name in the thread along with your experiences.
There is no such thing as the best loud speakers. There are many very good companies out there. It all depends on what character of speakers you are looking for and what type....book shelf, tower, in ceiling or for outdoors.
 
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