I've personally been very pleased with the performance of the eminence drivers I've had. They're really good for the money. And made in the USA. I know AE is assembled in the USA. Might be the same. I dunno. But the eminence are I think better than a lot of people think.
I think the crossover would be difficult. The inductance is quite high at 1.17mH. There is a large breakup mode at about 2.2 KHz that would have to be notched out. Your would have to use a low crossover frequency around 1 KHz.