Would you buy a pair of speakers by just looking at the measured freq. response?

Would you?  Or you have to listen first?

Personally I think the freq. response only tells so much of the speakers.  At the end of the day, you have to listen.


As @erik_squires said, frequency response is but ONE measure that is important. Maybe not the most important one either. But yeah, I look at frequency response curves to see if a speaker is jacked up in a range I don’t enjoy or if they’ve added a bass bump to make up for not have great bass extension.

Sadly, many manufacturers in the mass consumer market don’t even publish a frequency response curve but only say meaningless ranges like 40Hz to 20KHz without even telling you the +/- dB levels in that range.

So "no" I’d definitely not buy speakers based on ONLY their frequency response curve.  Impedance is important too and knowing how low it can go and at what frequency can tell you if your amp is even capable of driving them well. 

Unless you were a very specialized collector, would you buy a car without driving it first?

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This question is so easy it makes me wonder if it was written by a 'bot to generate user engagement.