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Transparent dome speakers vs. "forward" horn loaded speakers

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I'm tearing my hair out trying to decide which pair of speakers sound better,

I picked up a pair of Energy CB-20 bookshelf speakers to compare to my Klipsch bookshelf speakers. They have aluminum dome tweeters similar to the Klipsch's, but the Klpsch have aluminum horn tweeters.

Comparing them side by side, I notice that the horns seem to make the midrange "pop out" at you (vocals and electric guitar), while the Energy's seem to be more transparent and the highs seem a little too bright for me at times. Also, I can't tell if the Klipschs sound better or worse than the Energy in that they have more midbass but sound more muddy.

I judge a speaker more on it's midrange than bass. To me the Klipsch horns deliver a presence unlike any other speaker I have heard. So I can summarize the two speakers after comparing them:

Klipsches:

Better presence (if you like that). The horns draw your attention to them with their foreward sound, this is an undeniable fact that cannot be disputed.
More midbass, if a bit on the muddy side (also mentioned by other reviewers)

Energy:

Transparent midrange which makes vocals seem to get lost in the backround at times.
Seems overly bright, more fatiging than the Klipsches.
Lower bass extension because of the larger drivers

Overall, I prefer the Klipshes to the Energy because I like the forward sound they produce and how the vocals seem more lively.
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speaker choices come down to alot of personal preferance..

i personally think Klipsh highs are a little to sharp for my preferance. but thats just me.

i was doing the same thing recently and decided on definitive tech speakers.
     
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I was curious about the Definitive Tech speakers because they have passive radiators. How much bass do these units actually put out?
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I was curious about the Definitive Tech speakers because they have passive radiators. How much bass do these units actually put out?

the full towers have active sub plus passive.

and even the ones with just the passive ones are amazing just look at the speaker size to freqency responce compaired to any other speaker.
     
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