You may think that because we have been using the same basic principal for the past 100 years, we have now have perfect speakers. But this is not the case.

Speakers, with their moving parts distort and colour the sounds we hear, creating an altered version of the original recording.

Small speakers can’t produce loud sounds because of the limited range of motion of the speaker diaphragm. Good bass is impossible to achieve from a small speaker and is particularly noticeable when you play music on a laptop or mobile.

To get good sound reproduction you typically need 3 speakers to cover the full audio range, woofer, tweeter and mid range.

So speaker design is full of compromises to try and achieve decent quality audio.