Scott, I understand where you are coming from. I
was asking about commercial speakers because it is easy to find a common
denominator when we TALK about. I do have in my mine a few models that I feel
done more or less acceptable if they are driven with current-capable amplification.
Still, they are acceptable to a point, to a point of reference….
| Scott L wrote:|
|I had to take
pause before I answered here; realizing in an almost shocking manner [that] I
don't listen to many commercial loudspeakers.
I am largely involved in the (gasp) DIY
community, where it's also very often done incorrectly. My last very
satisfactory retail loudspeaker experience was that of a B&W Matrix
801. Commercial audio peoples and audiophiles alike, tend to draw carved-in-stone
conclusions from a very limited exposure, or experience. For example,
"I hate horns". Yes, because person (Mr. A) once listened to one or
two gawd awful horns and therefor concludes ALL horns must therefor[also] be
awful. With respect to ported verses sealed systems, ported are indeed more
challenging to get correct; being lazy about
paying attention to design/and/ construction details may easily lead to
disaster. I should also include my finding here with experience in muti-way
systems. A sub-woofer section may indeed be sealed, or vented; but I have
obtained the very best results with a mid-bass section being sealed, where
blended with either a vented, or, sealed sub bass. Never, ever in a billion
years should there be an attempt on sub-woofing with an open baffle. Infinite
baffle? Oh yes, but never an open baffle.|
I do not what is done better in DIY world. My
personal DIY experience with ported bass was disasters but I was very little
informed what I was doing. It is possible that you are right and proper DIY might
breed something that best commercial loudspeakers can’t reach. I personally do
not think so. The problem (as I see it) with port is not in the “paying [low] attention
to design/and/ construction details” but rather a fundamental fault that factor
into the idea of ported bass. I can describe it again (I did it somewhere
before) but it is not the thread about ported bass.
I truly do not need to argue about it. If you
feel that you with your practice have overridden everything that you do not
like about ported bass then my salute to you. We truly do not need to be agree
in our take regarding the ported bass capacity.
Rgs, the Cat