| Romy the Cat wrote:|
|Still, very seldom I come across
to the situations that delivered to me absolute amazement and I ask myself: how
the hell THAT was done?
Play to me your playback and make me wonder. Let me leave
your house not with the ugly face and
feeling that I wasted one more evening in my life but rather make me to experience
ownership envy, playback design mystery and infinite sense of curiosity…. "How
the hell that was done" is not a question but rather a state of mind…..
Rgs, Romy The Cat
...but perhaps this is an example of a design that has to fit within different constraints.
There is a fellow in my part of the world that builds some relatively amazing two way standmounts. The limitations of two way and standmounts are well known, but this guy hits a market for speakers that actually fit into most peoples rooms (unlike 2m tall horn monsters). He does not use super expensive drivers but seems to get his results from very clever box designs (read resonance control - making full use of the drivers capabilities) and very upmarket passive crossovers (crossover is worth much more than the drivers). He has managed to all but eliminate the "boxy" sound of conventional speakers and has a level of colouration (or lack of colouration) that I have only ever heard in good horns or stats. For my preferences, they outperform the vast majority of floorstanders out there, including his own floorstander which incidentally costs more.
They are very neutral (i.e. equipment and system changes are usually quite easy to hear) image well, they play loud and they are not "boxy". But they are standmounts, and because of their size they do not couple as efficiently to the air in the room as large speakers and therefore do not have the same level of immediacy or ease with which a great and much larger speaker system performs. Within the bounds of a small footprint speaker that fits into most peoples room these are right near the top of the pile (I have not heard any that I prefer).
So not exactly what you asked for because I am yet to have that blow-me-down-that's-perfect moment in audio, but for me this is an example of a loudspeaker design that works very well within its own size constraints. The lengths to which this guy goes to eliminate resonances and really make those affordable drivers work well may be applicable in the design of bass cabinets for a horn system such as the Macondo, not that I am suggesting you need such a thing, but just giving an example of where his experience may be beneficial for larger systems.