OK, so I had only Â£300 max. for a new classical guitar. I had preconceived ideas about what I wanted, mostly from reading posts on this forum - solid top cedar, made in Spain.....
But the reality of the budget hit home and I ended up with a Chinese "hand made" spruce topped model. What swung it for me when I auditioned them? Simply the sound.
To my ears, and in this price range, the spruce top sounded clearer with a well-defined bottom end, Whilst the cedar, although warm sounding ,lacked definition.
The guitar I bought was a Stagg brand Angel Lopez C 1448 S, fit and finish, excellent.
So what I suppose I am trying to say is it's probably best not to have too many preconceptions about something that is so subjective as buying a new guitar.