High-end speakers boast superior crossovers, which are the brains of the speakers that direct the correct bit of signal to the correct driver (the part that emits the sound). They also have better quality terminals for a cleaner signal path. More powerful and efficient drivers and more delicate, accurate tweeters are better able to translate the signal into beautiful and rich sound in the way your favourite artists intended. It's not just components you're choosing between though: cabinet construction, material and rigidity also play a huge part in a speaker's sound, as does its shape and size.
Speaking of size - big is beautiful, but small can sound great too – for a slightly higher price. In recent years, new technologies and construction methods have meant that you can finally get a big, room-filling sound from a compact pair of bookshelf speakers, which means you can choose between floorstanders with a traditional design or spending a bit more to get a similar room-filling sound from smaller speakers, thanks to clever engineering.
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