But isn't the SMX screen also far more expensive than the Stewart screen? I was under the impression that SMX was one of, if not the, most expensive screen manufacturers. (Curious because I would like an SMX screen, but I've heard its pretty much as much as a car for a good size screen with their pro curv stuff).
If one is going to make a simplistic assessment of the value of different alignments, it would be that sealed/IB goes the lowest, at the highest cost per dB; horns have the lowest cost per dB at the expense of size, and vented box characteristics lie in between the other two. None is inherently superior across the board, neither is any inherently inferior across the board. The one to use is the one that fits your response and output needs, available space and bank account. -BFM