To get the best sound possible... BUT, audiophiles don't rely on a PC to playback music to fully appreciate the recording. That's why stereos and hometheaters are a seperate concept... and remain that way.
I think more of what constitutes an audiophiles dislike of music on a computer is the lossy file types used rather than hardware. I think the main limiting factor is the unpracticality (good lord, is that a real word?) of audiophile grade speakers (towers etc.)
Ummm... no. Emphasis is on the highs and the lows... when they really should have nailed the midrange. If they did that, they'd sound AWESOME for music.
Ummm...yes, that is why you do not see a proper tweeter on the logitech or really any other PC speaker. This is why music tends to sound more muted and muffled on a PC speaker rather than piercing and tinny. The whole midrange issue is the same thing that Bose does. It sounds pleasant enough, but is not a full range of sound. I'll have to find a more technical explanation, as I know this one will only further our disagreement.
Klipsch makes excellent speakers. I have them exclusively in my home theater and I've been very satisfied with them
For home theater, I can see this. For music, I cannot.
While I admit I use my Klipsch speakers mostly for home theater use, I do find music (especially 5.1) to be extremely full sounding and satisfactory.
Moreover, on a technical level, they are largely unsurpassed
On a technical level, you are incorrect.
On a personal level, you could be right, but I don't have your ears.
For me, Klipsch does not produce a clean-sounding speaker. They produce performance speakers, which means that they'll cut corners on quality to push out more volume.
I should have been more specific. Sure, there are speakers with better specifications. I meant "for the money". I'd much rather have some $20,000 specialty speakers out of the pages of Sound & Vision, but that's not realistic.
I'd be interested in examples about your theory of cutting corners on quality. I've found my Klipsch speakers to be quite durable and clean sounding.
Only when the price tag becomes hugely inflated to you see any major improvement in the competition
It's apparent that you either haven't auditioned much or haven't read much into this. There are several speaker companies that offer better products at similar or lower prices than Klipsch.
Yes, Polk Speakers are great. I have not auditioned the other brands of speakers with the exception of Paradigm and if memory serves, a comparable speaker (towers w/ 15" woofers) was much more expensive than my Klipsch and were nearly identical in specs. I'd have to dig up the specs for this to have any weight...however, I hear what you're saying and I never meant to make a concrete statement that Klipsch was the only speaker worth a damn. I was merely expressing my satisfaction for the price/performance ratio.
and even then you'd be hard pressed to tell the difference when comparing apples to apples
If we all had your ears, maybe that would be the case...
True, it's all a matter of opinion...but, when comparing equal specs to the brands I did audition (Polk being one), I liked the Klipsch best.
When you're spending that kind of money, you're also wise to stick with a company that stands behind its products and customers.
They dropped Tweeter as a merchant and picked up Best Buy... selling only their low-end stuff.
I'm not familiar with Tweeter, but sellling stuff through Best Buy is just smart from a financial point of view. Even their low end stuff is pretty damned good. My point was and is, it's nice when a company cares about the people that support it. I'll give you an example, I bought an Olympus Digital Camera a year or two ago. It was pretty spendy for me at $600. Well, wouldn't you know it, I loan it to my girlfriend for a day and she breaks the sliding lens cover. I call up Olympus and they want $150 and 4 to 6 weeks to fix it. Needless to say, I won't buy another Olympus. On the reverse end of the spectrum, I had a Plextor CD burner go bad on me that was waaaaaay past warranty. I didn't even show any documentation and they sent me a better one (52x) free of charge with return shipping pre-paid. It's good to support companies that do things right. Simple as that.