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Wow. Some crazy speculation going on in all directions. One minor point I would add is that as manufacturers both Danley Sound Labs and myself have to make choices based on more than just performance. If performance is comparable, and one supplier is much easier to deal with and has a much better history of delivery or other factors, that's highly important to a business. There were some parts I wrote off simply because supply was still too flaky to hedge my business on.
It is possible to make a few different solutions work impressively so long as they don't have any fatal flaws and are compatible with the goals you have.
DIYers may have different goals than I or Tom did. As one very obvious/simple example I needed a coaxial which would give good results in both the Spark and the Catalyst style designs. Capabilities of the woofers also play a part and the requirements will vary for different designs.
The best results always come from examining a few options to confirm you have a suitable driver for your particular use.
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