In the good old days, you were aways able to demo audio speakers before purchasing them, Even a clothing store’s always gives you the option of Try Before You Buy service, which involves you having to wait for clothes to be checked out before you can buy them. US electronics retailer Crutchfield is offering you a way to demo the speakers you will like to buy online with it’s newly-launched Speakercompare service.
Integrated into the retailer’s website, the service allows you to compare multiple home and car speakers simply using the website and a connected pair of headphones or speakers.
The quality of sound you hear will depend heavily on your source, laptops, phone and other mobile devices. It also dependent on the speaker or headphones you’ve connected to. It won’t take into account your home acoustics either. But the tool will, as designed, give you a taste of a speaker’s sonic characteristics. How sensitive is the speaker? Is it more on the rich or neutral side, is it bright sounding, Is it a bass heavy or is it intensive in it’s dynamics.
Once you’ve selected the speaker(s) you want to audition, the tool asks you to select your brand and model of headphones so it can tailor the experience (” by removing any sonic coloring”). You can also rent Crutchfield’s $25 SpeakerCompare Listening Kit, which includes a pair of Sennheiser HD 280 Pro over-ear headphones, the AudioQuest DragonFly Black DAC/headphone amp, a $25 merchandise credit, mobile adapters for iOS and Android, and a guide to getting the most out of your listening session.
If you want a true and tactile demo experience can of course order the old fashioned way and, if needed, take advantage of Crutchfield’s 60-day money-back guarantee…