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In the Thread: Canadian Speaker Proposal
Post Subject: The long and winding roadPosted by rowuk on: 6/23/2013
I don't think that you are taking the posts the way that they were meant.
Your initial post started with a collection of what you consider to be the finest drivers for specific tasks. That is just fine and you may well be correct.
The real job though is not the parts, but rather the integration and the jist of most of the comments is that we live in the melody range and most of us think that the journey starts here. Although your first post indicated that the tweeter was a given "What distinguishes my project from most is that I wish to incorporate the Acapella TW1S plasma tweeter into my array", you have qualified that in subsequential posting. What is rather dismaying is that your premise "believing that the failure of Acapella's own efforts has more to do with design flaws, poor integration with inferior dynamic drivers and the lack of time alignment, rather than any intrinsic impossibility of integrating the plasma tweeter with other topologies" implies that you know something that they don't.
Perhaps just a small tidbit for thought: Acapella and Cessaro have a fair amount of R&D budget and plenty of experience doing what they do. That means that if they haven't solved something, there will likely be much more involved than "better" drivers." Even if they only were interested in marketing, a "faster" midrange would be pretty saleable........
I do not own the Acapellas, I have just had the fortune of spending significant time with them. I have also heard the large Cessaro, albeit at a show where all bets are off as to why things sound the way they do.
I don't think that there is a person on the planet that can claim to know if someone else can successfully integrate your shortlist of parts. Here I come back to Rubrik's cube. There are a lot of factors that hardware cannot compensate. Perhaps even 50% of the potential from that shortlist would still provide a great deal of pleasure. If we use Romy's documentation here, his path to Macondo and Melquiades was expensive, challenging but above all, a concious effort in achieving a specific goal that involved musical expression and not technology.
So, what I am trying to say: even if someone here said "what a great idea, why didn't I think of that", how much further would you (or anyone else for that matter) be? Jeffery Jackson for sure is a very respectable person with a track record that can tell you what HE thinks will work. Whether his implementation for your shortlist will be less expensive than Acapellas, I am not sure. The prices currently available at various websites at least do not indicate that he is in a substantially different price category. This also assumes that his solution would match your taste - possible but not predictable. I still firmly believe that you can reach your goal faster by investing in the melody range first and once you have one corner nailed down, that the coordinates to the next will become more obvious.
So maybe you could consider this: One comes to a website known for dedication to process and presents a shoe carton full of parts. What will be the most probably reaction? The really funny thing is, most all of us would like to be able to do exactly that: present an idea that every one would take seriously - even if there is little indication that much effort was placed in the advanced development of the idea. Perhaps you have spent a great deal of time thinking about this. More info could help some of us perhaps to more closely dial in to what you REALLY want here.
I wish you good luck. Your project ist a VERY large undertaking that I would consider to be a lifetime project for me (if I wanted to go there).
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