Can small speakers sound as good as large ones?

Ever wondered about this question?

Can small speakers sound as good as large speakers?

The simple answer is No. Small speakers have the advantage in terms of size and cost but you can’t deny the performance and power a lager speaker(s) bring to the table

And at the end of the day, we all want something that delivers awesome audio performance.

Basically there is more to better sound than power and when buying a speaker, there is so much to consider than the power it produces.

Why do Large Speakers Produce Better Sound?

can small speakers sound as good as large

Have you ever looked at large speakers and thought that they should produce better sound?

Well you are damn right my friend

They do produce clearer, stronger and louder sounds than most small speakers out there.

The simple truth is that small speakers are not able to produce good sound in all situations because of their size.

It causes a huge limitation in terms of the power they can produce.

They usually have difficulty processing large sounds such as explosions, and also sounds that have a very low pitch

This is why most times they are usually accompanied with a sub woofer.

The sub-woofer helps to produce low frequency sounds.

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This also helps reduce the distortion and scratching sounds you hear on small speakers

Large speakers on the other hand are built for awesome, large sounds

They come equipped with a sub-woofer which most small speakers lack

The included sub-woofer allows large speakers to have a better frequency and reduces distortion and scratching than small speakers.

While small speakers create the appearance of a full sound, large speakers deliver this in reality.

The sounds come off as full, natural and realistic.

Besides you will definitely agree with me that music sounds so much better when heard through large speakers.

Why are modern speakers so small?

Ever wondered why the latest speakers are all small?

Why there are probably a lot of reasons out there why this happens, let me give you some of my personal opinion

  • The market and the audience is shifting towards big speakers and hidden small speakers than against very big audio systems in the living room. Looking for the best speakers for bedroom?

  • It is much easier to design a quality sub-woofer and awesome loudspeaker when you do not have to cram it all into one cabinet.

  • There are more people/ consumers living in small apartments when a big, booming speaker will cause so much noise and headache for the neighbors.

  • Big, booming boxy speakers usually run counter to modern aesthetics and look of apartments.

  • One technical reason is that a lot more attention is paid these days to the off-axis and polar response of a loudspeaker. The old 70s classic of a 1-inch tweeter crossed to an 8-inch woofer is at a disadvantage with respect to off-axis response, because the woofer's radiation pattern off-axis is much different than the tweeter's, unless you have a deep wave guide or some other scheme

Big Speakers Vs Small Speakers

When choosing between big and small speakers, there is a discernible number of pros and cons. 

Affordability, convenience, and performance are taken into account in the presentation of whether big or small speakers are better. 

Those in the market for speakers will find a number of drawbacks to either choice, which must be recognized for the potential consumer.

Size 

Small speakers obviously have the advantage when it comes to size

They are portable, convenient and can easily transform the stereo in a near surround experience even in small spaces such as bedrooms.

Large speakers on the other hand, do not have such a feature

To use a large speaker anywhere, you need to have sufficient space.

Efficiency

Small speakers are also much more efficient when the power of larger speakers is not warranted. 

Instead of wasting the space of larger speakers when a higher-end system is not needed, from a place such as the bedroom to the primary home theater, the experience from the small speaker results is an efficient use of power, resulting in crisp and direct sound. 

This efficiency is normally carried over financially as well.

Audio Nature

When it comes to the audio nature and quality of sound produced, large speakers come out top.

They make up for the drawbacks or size, efficiency and price by producing superior audio quality.

While smaller speakers create the perception of a larger stage--the fullness of sound--larger speakers create this reality in the superior audio nature. 

This direct characteristic of larger speakers with regards to power is the most impressive attribute, and creates a dynamic and realistic listening experience.

Sub-woofer

Also large speakers usually come equipped with at least one tweeter and a subwoofer which goes a long way in reducing distortions and scratching.

A sub-woofer is designed to provide bass audio frequencies, not make up for the limited power of a primary home audio speaker that is undersized.

Does woofer size matter

This has been an ongoing debate for a very long time among audiophile

Does woofer size really matter in producing good sounds?

The simple answer is YES, it does

The woofer size and also circuit matters to how low the woofer can go. 

Between 10 and 12, its very minimal difference during a regular listening session until and unless you are focused on finding the difference. 

Also, acoustics play a part in the frequencies too.

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