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Wanted: REALLY BRIGHT Sounding Speakers

Discussion in 'Speakers & Subwoofers' started by Arthur S, Jan 4, 2004.

  1. Arthur S

    Arthur S Cinematographer

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    Getting pretty old here. Bought several pairs of speakers and they sound dull to me. I will probably pick up a ten band equalizer and see if I can pick up the highs enough to satisfy me.

    My mains are JBL L60T's with the first generation of JBL's titanium tweeters. In order to get a satisfying balance I have the treble tone control maxed to +10.

    The other thing that I would like to mention is that ever since I got a subwoofer, I have had to boost the highs. People might say "then you have your sub too loud". That may be the case, but I set it where I like it.

    As you have already realized I am not a purist. Maybe receivers sound better bypassing the tone controls, but without the tone controls the sound is just not satisfying.

    Thanks in advance for any ideas or recommendations.

    Artie
     
  2. DanaA

    DanaA Screenwriter

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    You might audition the Klipsch reference speakers to see if they float your boat. For online companies, you might check out the Axioms.
     
  3. RichardH

    RichardH Supporting Actor

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    Yeah, check out Klipsch for sure. If you have the budget, check out some studio monitors as well. Many of these are considered very bright compared to the typcial home speaker. e.g. Mackie HR624 is what I have, and they are so bright I had to turn the treble tilt down 2 dB (there's flat, +2, -2). I hear stuff on these monitors that I never heard on home speakers.

    Also, generally speaking, metal domes will be brighter than soft domes for tweeters.
     
  4. Chu Gai

    Chu Gai Lead Actor

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    Not to be impolite, but you might want to look into a comprehensive hearing exam to determine if you've got signficant high frequency hearing loss.
     
  5. James W. Johnson

    James W. Johnson Screenwriter

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    Most adults do..compared to children anyways.
     
  6. Chu Gai

    Chu Gai Lead Actor

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    And usually men more so than women. It just sounded like this might be more than 'normal'.
     
  7. Kenneth Harden

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    Why not a pair of hi-end, JBL pro speakers? You could EQ the heck out of the tweeter and be fine.
     
  8. Lewis Besze

    Lewis Besze Producer

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    Or just turn up the treble controll,most are centered at 10khz,and it won't cost you nothing. Try it out.
     
  9. David Barteaux

    David Barteaux Stunt Coordinator

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    M&K?
     
  10. GrahamT

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    I second Chu, not to be rude but it cant hurt to have your hearing checked. You may not be able to hear frequencies above say 13KHz. Boosting the highs with EQ may make things worse.
     
  11. Robert AG

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    Cerwin Vega should be bright enough, and loud to boot.
     
  12. Ryan T

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    Klipsch are the brightest speakers i've ever heard in my entire life. To the point were they gave me a headache. You should check them out if you want REALLY bright speakers. Also some infinity speakers are really bright.



    Ryan
     
  13. James W. Johnson

    James W. Johnson Screenwriter

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    Klipsch are uncompressed and dynamic, you don't have to be deaf to enjoy them. [​IMG]
     
  14. Manuel Delaflor

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    Klipsch, also, are not "bright" speakers per se. They are simply more revealing. Bright recordings do sound brighter on Klipsch, but audiophile grade recordings sound like they should, and not muddy, opaque or lifeless.
     
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    Klipsch are bright.
     
  16. Shane Martin

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    Klipsch and Axiom are the top 2 I would recommend if you are looking for Ear-bleedingish bright.
     
  17. John-Tompkins

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    Klipsh is a good choice for your preferences but also check out Martin Logans...when I auditoned (forget model number) they were REALLY REALLY revealing and ran me out of the room in short order.
     
  18. Michael Yung

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    Forget Klipsch, try Triangle, a French speaker manufacturer. Very dynamic and forward sounding and easy to drive too. If you find Triangle dull, then I would second the hearing check idea too.
     
  19. John Garcia

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    Axioms are not excessively bright, IMO. Not nearly as much as Klipsch anyway.

    What is your other gear? While the speakers make the largest difference overall, all of your gear will play some small role in the sound of the system.

    How about your room? Carpeted? Large?
     
  20. Manuel Delaflor

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    Chris:

    "Klipsch are bright"

    Thanks for sharing your thinking!! But

    NO

    Klipsch are not bright, the recordings you have listened in them ARE. [​IMG]
     

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