Loudspeakers come in all flavors and sizes. In fact, I cannot think of another product category in high-end audio that comes close to the variety found in these sound producing boxes.
If we were to segregate them into broad performance categories, such as resolving power, we might make a little headway in sorting through their myriad differences.
I think it’s fair to say that, as a whole, some resolve differences in sound quality, while others smooth over those differences.
A resolving speaker is what I believe most of us wish for. Else, why would we bother with all the work and expense of building a high-performance system? We wish to unmask differences and get to the core of the hidden treasures buried in our recordings.
Yet, the notion that some speakers are resolving while others blur and hide is generally not accepted. Consider the group of engineers and sound experts that cannot hear changes many of us take for granted. It’s kind of like someone who is unable to see color arguing there is no blue.
We don’t yet have the means to rate speakers by their abilities to define subtle changes.
If we did, how might yours rate?
You cannot light a sheep on fire.
If that particular endeavor happened to be on your bucket list, then I apologize for ruining your day and shortening your list.
The secret ingredients in sheep’s wool comes from a high content of nitrogen and water that, together, require more oxygen than is available for ignition.
Secret ingredients are often what makes the difference between ordinary and extraordinary: adding pudding to cake mixes for a moister crumb, coca leaves (stripped of cocaine) for Coca Cola (the name kind of says it all), and special metals in wire and fuses for better sound.
Nearly all products in high-end audio tout some sort of secret formula, technology, or ingredients that make them special. It’s what we highlight in our descriptions of the product and what we’re oftentimes most proud of.
But, secret ingredients often extend to individuals and their systems. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve been told the “secret sauce” an audiophile has employed to wring magic from their collection of boxes, wires, and room.
What’s cool about audiophiles is our penchant for sharing our “secrets”.
Perhaps they’d be more accurately described as formulas for success.