lavs, on Aug 7 2011, 02:10 PM, said:
Yes I completely agree with you. The root of all my indecisiveness is the fact that I know things will sound very different in my own home! I realise I am not comparing apples with apples, which is why this journey has been so difficult for me. For the record I listened to the sonus fabers in their massive front room which faces Prospect Rd with their door open, so I wouldn't say that was perfect listening conditions anyway.
To everyone/anyone, what is the culture regarding auditioning speakers in your home? Will stores let me do this, & if so, how does it work? Would they also let me audition amplifiers, as this obviously has a large influence. Thankyou!
lav, the reality is you just cant demo all speakers around, let alone demo everything you can at home. just not realistic or reasonable. stores will let you home demo, I did with my mains before deciding. however prior to that had done a lot of demoing around stores. look store demoing is not perfect. nothing is, but it will give you some clues to kind of charecter/sound of a speaker. if it sounds awefull to your ears in store youd be taking a gamble in hoping it sounds great at home. however if does sound good to your liking instore a better chance you can get them to sound similar/as good or even better at home.
there is most definitely sound charecter differences between speakers. and there are a multitude of different designs types technologies brands makes and models. my suggestion short list to one or two specific speakers and then push for a home demo. check the home demo sticky here. but basically its about making a case that though you seem to like the speakers would like to confirm in your own surroundings. something can usually arrange with any hifi component for either over a weekend or overnight at the least. most shops wont really mind as long especially if outside their trading hours. and will usually ask a deposit even full purchase price as insurance or ,maybe copy of driving license. worth an ask.