April 21, 2014

Separating the Scientific Facts from Science Fiction

When shopping for something new without any prior knowledge, there is good reason to be afraid of what the box says.  Packaging on the outside of the box is the difference between a sale and no sale, for many.  What is worse is when specs are inflated or misrepresented on the outside of the box.  Only a few type of equipment allow this to happen, and one of them is amplifiers and speakers.  Ratings for decibels or wattage don’t mean much when they don’t tell you more about it.  If you don’t bother to know that you are even more in the dark on this subject.

While numbers may not lie, the ears cannot (if they are the right set of ears).  Certain myths about speakers in general as just not true.  For example, speakers do not need any sort of break in time – they should be ready to go right out of the box.  Another lie comes down to blind tests done by various speaker companies.  No brand is ever going to say on the box that they lost a competition against another brand.  These comparisons should always be taken with a grain of salt, since it is likely not scientific in the end.