…And there’s a reason why entry level speakers often have an elevated treble response: they sound more exciting, and are there more likely picked up from a showroom lineup. (Though the SVS Ultra only had a minor elevated treble response, at least compared to the B100 that Erin measured.) And why they might have a bump in the bass response, as the SVS Ultra has.At MWAVE during the blind listening tests in which all speakers were level matched and had a steep 70hz highpass filter, the Martin Logan XT B100 and SVS Ultra Bookshelf had the best scores with the 1723 monitor in 3rd place.
To my understanding, not only did the cheaper speakers out due more costly rivals, but the poorer measuring speakers scored subjectively higher.
Anyway, it’s always interesting if someone goes to the trouble of organizing a blind listening test.