May 5, 2013

Loudspeaker Measurements Standard

Any speaker company can make great claims about the products they sell – often they can be exaggerated truths or even flat out lies.  The smarter ones will make use of the humans’ inability to read the fine print, or advertise key words that makes a product seem better than it really is.  It is unfortunate that this is probably mostly the case with selling speakers.  Why speakers, you ask?  It is because the average listener is simply not very good at knowing what good sound is and basically has no way of testing the claims that these companies make.  Testing products down to the “T” requires a good set of testing tools and even more importantly, the knowledge of how to use them.

Bookshelf speakers are a good category of speakers to test from; they are relatively low cost (in consumer markets), and there are plenty of them out there.  When there are too many of them on the shelves, manufacturers need new ways to stand out from the bunch – and this is where the half truths are born.  The smart guys know what to look for when they test.  They test key areas like distortion and sensitivity – which cannot be done by the human ear alone.