Originally Posted by DS-21
Not really. JBL's LSR 6332 midfield studio monitor is voiced very similarly to its Harman stablemate Revel Salon2, though there are some differences that in a modern system that frankly mostly favor the JBLs.* The JBL's cabinets are, however, not really suitable for display a domestic living room, whereas the Revels are well styled and finished.
So take the guts of the LSR 6332, and commission bespoke cabinetry that's acoustically identical to the factory box (same baffle dimensions, roundovers, etc.) but more suitably finished. That will likely cost several thousand dollars, depending on veneer/finish choices. But probably not $11-12k.
*The JBL's midrange driver is a bit better, probably. Likewise, unlike the Revel's woofers the JBL's woofers use Harman's flagship "Differential Drive" dual-opposed-voice voicecoils. The JBL is also markedly more efficient, making a smarter tradeoff between efficiency and extension for a modern system than the Revels. (Revels are sold by audio parts dealers, who are often a hidebound and reactionary lot. Therefore, their mains are designed to play deep into the bass, even though modern best practices is multiple subwoofers.)
The Revel wins a theoretical advantage in that its column of woofers is somewhat useful in randomizing excitation of the floor-ceiling mode in a room. Likely an advantage in terms of diffraction as well, because it has a more heavily sculpted baffle with no port near the midrange and waveguide. It's worth noting that Harman's mobile multichannel demo uses the '6332s, as well. Frankly, if I didn't have to look at them, I think the LSR 6332 is a better loudspeaker.
The JBL LSR 6332 a very good speaker, and I've had the opportunity to hear them in the room at Harman International in Northridge on occasion. That stellar system along with its multiple subs is very, very good.
Nonetheless, your "not really" comment is followed by so many special-case pleadings that I think you actually confirm my comment. The OP's original quest was for a pair of speakers, followed sometime later by an HT set up. But the emphasis was on a pair of speakers and focused on production models as indicated by his comments and responses.
So, you would be correct that the Revels are not hard to beatif
...you buy a pair of JBL LSR 6332s;
...you remove (or pay to have removed) the drivers, network, speaker connectors, and port without any mishaps (assuming you don't want the ugly black baffle subassembly to be built into your new cabinets);
...you find a capable woodworker who can replicate the cabinet in a finish you like to a degree of satisfaction that you find acceptable;
...you find, purchase, and install appropriate stands to fit your mood or decor;
...you get them home without boxes and set them up without mishap on the stands;
...you purchase at least two subs to support the LSRs because they're -3dB at 54 Hz compared to the Salon's -3dB at 23 Hz;
...you feel there is no advantage of having a Be HF driver over a Ti HF driver ;
...you don't want grilles (I wouldn't) for your new, custom finish cabinets;
...you won't mind thinking about doing the same thing when you build out your system if you want it to have a similar fit and finish.
So as someone who has nothing but JBLs in his house, it is uncharacteristic of me to recommend the Salon2 over a very fine JBL speaker, but given the parameters as I understand them, the Salon2 is still the better choice.
I'm not saying your comment is without merit, because it has things to recommend it, but doing all that to save perhaps a thousand dollars or two (not including stands or subs or extra amp channels) is something most people spending up to $30k wouldn't want to deal with. They want to buy excellent, finished speakers, take them home, set them up, and listen to music. They do not want to manage a month-long project with an indeterminate outcome, in the hope of getting something just as good for less.