Originally Posted by audioguy
There is an expression I used in the corporate world that fits you perfectly: "If the only tool I have is a hammer, all problems look like nails". You are totally blowing off (dinosaur?) a speaker that you have not listened to because - pick one: (a) it cost too much (b) it's ugly (c) I don't like it's (X-2's) measurements (that I haven't actually seen) (d) I don't like Dave Wislon (e) all of the above or (f) I don't carry the product. (g) I'm just incredibly biased.
A and C (Maxx2).
What is more sophisticated and more costly to build, an X2 or an Audi RS6?
I do have a bias against D'Appolitos and 3-way passive design. 3 different sized drivers just doesn't cut it and D'Appolitos are a mess, it doesn't matter *who* does it (or even with steep DSP crossovers). NHT's D'Appolitos had issues I didn't like and did things worse than their non-D'Appolito designs, but at least they were less than $2000/pr
. They were replaced with 4-ways which were *substantially* better. I'll be interested in hearing a Maxx or X2 when it measures as well as a $2500 pair of NHTs, which is to say, probably next life time
Let me put it this way, if someone offered to give me a pair of X2s or a pair of Revel Studio2s, both with DEQX and professionally optimized in an anechoic chamber, I'd take the Studio2s without hesitation. Why? Engineering choices, pure and simple. Well, maybe the difference between engineering choices and marketing choices.
PS - why is it that, to an 'audiophile', "doing it right" is an expression of big money (or brand name) rather than great design and engineering?
In the end, I agree with you that it doesn't matter because Wilson has good marketing and clout, so I'd love to see him build one because that's good for everyone.