THIS WEEK: SPEAKER SYSTEMS AND THE SEXES
By Matthew Sweer (September 1, 2004)
Edited by Suzy Brannon
Men like it bumping and all-encompassing, and women want it cheap, easy, and pretty. That's their sound systems, of course.
When it comes to shopping for a speaker system, men are concerned with big bass: 31 percent want a powered subwoofer, while only 19 percent of women want to see the walls rattle. When it comes to surround sound, 21 percent of men want a 5.1-channel system compared to 3 percent of women (which also may be the same percentage who know what a 5.1-channel system is).
Women are more interested in practicality and style. They want easy setup (48 percent, compared to 28 percent of men) and a low price (52 percent, to 28 percent of men) and they want a stylish design (35 percent, to men's 17 percent).
What does it all mean? Looks like men will pay a pretty penny for the sound they want, while women want to pay a penny for a pretty design.
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