3This would seem to be a ridiculous conclusion — certainly for anyone who believes that the most important part of a component’s specification is its price tag or brand name. However (private comments redacted). It really does seem that the only way to select loudspeakers is to listen to them at some length — which for most people, me included, means there is no good, practical, way to choose a loudspeaker — and certainly no way to be sure that any given model will be better (or worse) than what you have. Price is definitely not a useful guide.