Originally Posted by Perpendicular
Why are they "The Best" right now?
Orb speakers are made and assembled in the United States with the exception of the driver which is outsourced from China and assembled here.
Maybe, this is what they need to state on their company Web page.
I could care less where something's made.
The KEF KHT3005SE is the best of this lot because it measures (on axis AND sound power) better than anything else in the class. It also to me subjectively sounds better, having beaten the Tannoy Arena (and other speakers) in a blind listening test. (The results of that test led me to stop looking for a third Arena in either white or grey to match my existing pairs, and buy a set of the KEFs for a new modest system.
The KHT3005SE also gets louder than anything that small has any right to do. The KHT3005SE might be voiced a bit polite for some - its top end is not flat but shelved in a controlled manner - but IMO that balance is appropriate for the small rooms and short listening distances for which such speakers should be designed. NONE of them will get loud enough to accurately convey musical performances in very large rooms.
It also frankly images better than anything else
I've ever heard, including my reference speakers, Tannoy 12 DMT II's - 12" coaxial driver - in bespoke cabinets designed first and foremost for minimum diffraction. (The Tannoys are considerably better in every other aspect of reproduction, mind. But not imaging.)
We're talking speakers that EACH cost about as much four whole KHT3005SE sets (including the bespoke cabinets), and are obviously much much larger, with each loudspeaker having roughly the radiating area of an entire KHT3005SE set INCLUDING the sub. The reason is likely the combination of the Uni-Q's broader (but well-controlled) dispersion and the small, sculpted baffle. (The baffle is concave both vertically and horizontally.) Note that the new statement KEF Blade has the same shape for its Uni-Q's baffle.