Captain Ned wrote:
And how do you plan on testing this speaker for designed vs actual crossover frequency response or nasty cabinet resonances? Speakers are not just a box into which ones throws crossovers and drivers and "magic!!".
This is where the real magic is - speakers.
Amplifiers and everything feeding them has been good enough
for human ears for at least two decades. Speakers have been the weakest link for a long time, and they're by far the most complicated parts.
I know I'll never have the ears to appreciate truly good speakers (too many years of 140+ dB systems), but I can pick out things that bug the hell out of me in cheap sets. These days, I've been chasing subsonics. The WAF is low, but thankfully I have a crazy wife. I can build decent subwoofer setups, since they're far simpler than even the most basic multi-way full range speaker build.
One of the guys we had interview in the past 6 months had a hobby of modeling and building full range speaker cabinets + crossovers. Pure freakin' magic, I would have hired him simply because anyone willing to delve into that level of detail to do things properly is going to pay attention to the details that matter doing their job as well.
Electrostatics seem to be the only way to cheat the system, and even then, they aren't simple.
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