Do you like horns?

Discussion in 'AK Polls' started by Grizzog, Nov 6, 2015.


Do you like the horn sound?

  1. Yes, absolutely, nothing sounds as good!

    63 vote(s)
  2. No, why would someone like those and where are my ear muffs?

    21 vote(s)
  1. Rob41

    Rob41 Don't stop believin'

    Northern Michigan
    Just a wee bit of difference compared to the way the poll questions are worded. :rolleyes:

    With just a love em' or hate em' choice the results won't reflect reality. According to the results, 75% voted that nothing sounds as good as horns. Clearly, 75% of AK members do not even own horns.

    I think if you word a poll more like in the above quoted post, and add a couple more middle ground choices you'd get more interesting/valid results. :thumbsup:
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  2. Ricktptman

    Ricktptman There are two kinds of Music: Good & Bad-Ellington Subscriber

    Where it's at!
    I think there is a certain midrange honk that can't be gotten around. Some are better than others. But I'd rather have a good pair of horns than a bad pair of any other design. It's more relative than the choices offered.
  3. IraGress

    IraGress Active Member

    Detroit/ Houston
    I'm more of an antler guy, myself.
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  4. guiller

    guiller Toscaninichus Australis

    Buenos Aires (Argentina)
    I love these horns!

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  5. asilker

    asilker Bible Reader Subscriber

    Chicago IL
    Wording here is a little weird. I don't know ow that I prefer horns over anything else... But I like them.
  6. mhardy6647

    mhardy6647 AK Subscriber Subscriber

    There are wonderful horns (and compression drivers), good ones, and awful ones.
    There are also bass, midrange, treble, and tweeter horns.
    So the resolution of the poll strikes me as far too low.

    I like my horns, no question 'bout that, though.

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    I love MY horns—and particularly the way they reproduce real horns! Horns on horns is the bomb!
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  8. twiiii

    twiiii Addicted Member

    west Texas
    Horns all have problems as do woofers, metal tweeters with resonating diaphragms, and all speaker systems. Point source speakers spread the sound everywhere bring the room into play compromising the sound with unwanted reflections off floors and ceilings. Every speaker made is a compromise. That said good horn systems can be great installed properly and voiced to the room.
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  9. musichal

    musichal poet emeritus Subscriber

    Norman OK
    I also love my horns, but am unwilling to say nothing sounds as good, so I also decline to vote. Polls are tricky to set up.

    As for my horns, I love the things they do well, like big soundstage and great dynamics, and tolerate what they do less well. Oddly enough to some, perhaps, is that even though they will play voice-of-god loud, that really isn't where they shine. I like them best at low, moderate and just creeping into loud carefully levels. Too loud, too shrill. Varies with recordings and associated equipment. I can't take LOUD too long from any speaker anymore. Listening now and sounds mighty fine. So, yes, I love my horns, but like J. J. Cale sang, I'd like to love you baby, keep my other baby, too. Been thinking about another baby, but can't determine what it may be. Other than awhile, that is.

    Again, yes nothing better and no need earmuffs were the only two options you could offer, OP? Trying to fan a flame?
  10. sqlsavior

    sqlsavior AK Subscriber Subscriber

    Española NM
    Good horns at home can sound just like a rock concert, in fact, a lot better than the sound in most spots at most rock venues. My first serious speaker pair were my DIY Klipschorn copies. I never understood why so many people are adverse to the sound of horns. Mine did Take Five as well as they did DSOTM.

    L-pads are our friends.

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  11. jcamero

    jcamero Hey! I think I've got a LIVE ONE! Subscriber

    The Dark Star
    Never thought I'd like a horn loaded speaker until I bought a pair of horn loaded speakers made in Dallas Texas. So yes, I can enjoy a horn loaded speaker.


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  12. Alobar

    Alobar Pulling out of the Last Chance Texaco.. Subscriber

    SE Alaska
    My old L200 horns sound wonderful to me. Not at all fatiguing to listen to All Night. Other people's mileage may very.
  13. Gentle advice: If possible, rename the poll "Do you like horn loudspeakers?" I was going to reply "Yes. A straight alto sax." before entering the poll and coming to realization the OP meant loudspeakers featuring acoustic horn output conduits. :p On topic: Yes. Over three decades ago, I heard a pair of Voice of the Theatre horns during a school field trip and have rarely experienced that degree of imaging depth from a loudspeaker since. Even though I prefer the standard tweeter/midrange/bass driver bass reflex setup, if I had the cash/space, I'd grab a pair of VOTT's in a heartbeat.
  14. vonclod

    vonclod AK Subscriber Subscriber

    In general yes, in particular I love my Avantgardes, there is absolutely nothing bad I can find in their presentation. I do get to see a lot of horn systems(Altec, JBL..etc) roll through my buds shop, on occasion I hear some that I do not care for.
  15. Ricktptman

    Ricktptman There are two kinds of Music: Good & Bad-Ellington Subscriber

    Where it's at!
    Beat me to the punch, Brian222.
  16. russdall

    russdall New Member

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  17. dB happy

    dB happy Active Member

    For the most part I don't like horns. There are some that are ok, but they don't sound natural. If a speaker can't trick my ears into believing the instrument or singer is in the room with me, I don't want it. I can usually tell if it's a horn speaker right away, especially if it's a midrange. I much prefer a soft dome mid and tweeter.

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