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Another significant fact that is often glossed over is that a 3-way speaker requires TWO crossover networks.
Every crossover network is a source of phase distortion and costs considerable money IF it is well-designed and made.
Unfortunately, only in very expensive speakers are the crossover networks made with the high-quality precision capacitors and inductors that should be used.
This means that lower-priced 3-way speakers almost always have poor-quality crossover networks which affect sound quality.
So....from a cost-effectiveness standpoint, I would always prefer a well-designed two-way speaker at most price points, since it requires less components which will tend to be of higher quality.
The ultimate, from a design standpoint, is to have a tweeter and woofer whose natural rolloff points eliminate the need for a crossover network altogether, but this is often expensive and difficult to achieve.
Anthony Gallo Acoustics follows this design philosophy, and it works very well to produce some exceptionally good-sounding speakers.