GoldenEar vs. Morel
The reviews of the GoldenEar SuperCinema 3 (seen in the lower portion of the image above) and Morel SoundSpot Music Theatre 2 Ultra speaker systems came out at roughly the same time. The Morels appear to have better performance and build quality according to their ratings, and yet they are not considered as good a value despite being in essentially the same price category. Do the Morels really sound better, or is their sound measured against how tiny they are?
While the GoldenEar and Morel systems are both Top Picks in the same price category (Midrange), the Morel is actually 25 percent more expensive than the GoldenEar. So it makes sense that the Morel got a higher Performance rating with a lower Value rating, though in both cases, both ratings are very favorable.
Reviewer Mark Fleischmann had this response to your question: "The Morels have much smaller enclosures, so they have higher odds to overcome. Both systems sounded outstanding, which is why they're Top Picks. The Morels use a coaxial design, which gives them tighter focus, while the GoldenEars have a pleated ribbon tweeter, which gives them wider dispersion. So it may be a question of whether you prefer focus or dispersion. We always encourage readers to seek out demos at A/V specialty dealers and use your own ears to make final judgments whenever possible."
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