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Not wanting to transform this in a a "Speaker-I-Like" forum but John Dunlavy speakers do possess that Authority in the midbass that Magnepan speakers reproduce in spade. I do not know how much air you want your speakers to move but the Magnepan 20.1 move a lot of air down to 25Hz.
THe price/performance ratio of the Dunlavy speakers were also excellent. Too bad the company went under. Where the Maggies depart forom the Dunlavy is in the delicatesse of their Highs and in the case of the 20.1 its uncanny neutrality
If I can afford it I do not mind paying a given amount for a level of performance. I am however bothered when the price for a certain item is not commensurate with its performance. I am also a pragmatic and like a bargain one reason I am for example attracted to IB subwoofer technology because (on-paper, I have never heard one) the level of performance of a properly designed $5,000 IB subwoofer surpass by all measures that of even the most expensive commercial subwoofers(............................... Plug any brand or model you choose on the dotted line). I still do not understand why they are not more popular, call it naivete if you will but all the answers I have been given on this board and others do not hold much weight.
I do not like also the rejection of lower priced gears by the audiophile community. I would like for example to see someone give a fair audition in one of the audiophile magazines to the SVS B-4. It looks like on-paper it is pretty close to anything out there and I am sure the people from SVS would gladly oblige, yet NONE of the mags has even mentioned it... And that is where it becomes complicated folks, if SVS starts putting ads in the Audio press magazines or try to rent floor space at the C.E.S. I bet the B-4 price would not hold at its current less than $4000, On-paper its output is prodigious and will challenge the likes of the Krell MRS (which I labelled the single most overpriced gear in Hi-End) or Wilson XS. And if one does not, then two at much less than half the price of the XS would certainly. I am, in no way, saying that it is better than these very much celbrated and in the case of the XS which I have heard, excellent sub. I have never heard a B-4 , but simply that it deserves a serious audition considering the devotion many have for SVS.
The Hi-End Audio community for too long has been equating quality with price. It is not so, far from it. Too often when anything is presented in the Mainstream press (Electronic or printed), the out of this world and stupidly priced gears or systems are the stars of the article, not the ones who could challenge the Bose crap-style at the same price...
was I OT ? :P