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Sound Bargains: Speaker deals around $1,500

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Last month’s Audio/Video Files dove headfirst into the profound mysteries of high-performance loudspeaker design. We learned that speakers are not simply a jumble of drivers and wires in a simple wooden box; they are an artistic effort akin to crafting a fine musical instrument, intended to channel the heart and soul of musicians into homes in a fashion emulating the live experience.

But the process of selecting a speaker that can accurately reproduce music can be daunting even for the seasoned audio buff. Weeks of careful research and auditioning can still result in a purchase that misses the musical mark by a mile. There is no magic formula, but the best guides should be an open mind and a pair of educated, attentive ears. After all, listening, and listening carefully, in a relaxed, no-pressure environment, is still the best way to evaluate a speaker.

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