In yesterday’s post I talked about dynamics and how many smaller speakers simply cannot reproduce those dynamics accurately. One of my readers pointed out something obvious – the amount of air a big speaker can move relative to a smaller one.
Big line sources have a lot of drivers and surface area and can move lots of air – just like the real deal. The opposite can be true for smaller speakers and that’s part of the reason they don’t sound quite as effortless when reproducing a big orchestral passage.
Imagine the amount of air a full 100 piece symphony orchestra can move when they get loud. Now imagine trying to reproduce that same air movement, scaled to fit your room, with a pair of bookshelf loudspeakers. Ain’t gonna happen.
You’ll get closer with a lot of drivers capable of moving lots of air.