Thanks to the OP for the review of these 3 speakers! I have to say I totally agree with the concept of NOT using any EQ, tone controls, or Dolby and Audyssey "schemes". I am not interested in how a speaker sounds after it has been EQ'd.
The same with reviewing any speaker with subwoofers. Subwoofers can easily upward mask differences in speakers.
I also must say that Jon Lane is correct, it is never a great idea to have more then one pair of speakers in a room for any review.
They can and often will interfere with each other, skewing the results of any review.
If one plans to buy any of these internet direct speakers, they had better choose wisely, because resale value on a pair of any of these will not be stellar. In fact, any audiophile who goes through many pairs of speakers should be aware that these internet direct brands will not be very easy to resell, at least locally, so you had best keep the boxes.
Or, be prepared to do an all out demo of them, when it does come time to sell.
With a name brand speaker, it is far easier to unload, when the upgrade bug hits, and it will, trust me.
My friend has a pair of Axiom Speakers,, and they are one of the more well known factory direct speaker brands. He is literally TRAPPED, and is unable to sell them locally here (he tossed the boxes long ago). He has offered them locally on Craigslist for less then 1/4 of their selling price. Though he keeps renewing his ad, he has had only 2 calls for them, in over 6 months
Conversely, I easily sold my old Vandersteen 2 CE's, and my Magnepans before that!
One of my audio buddies almost bought a pair of those Tektron Speakers called the Lore
We have a mutual friend who has a pair. Guess what he bought instead ? He drover over to Orlando, listened to, then bougght a pair of Boston Acoustics a 360 speakers. They were B Stock, for only 249.00 each!
He likes them, and so do I. They are big and impressive looking, for the money, are laid back, warm rich and musical, and image quite well. Plus, they are getting good reviews from respectable review places, like this one here by Steve Gutten berg http://www.cnet.com/news/boston-acou...phile-speaker/
He bought them right (B Stock), they have the Boston Acoustics NAME, and with this great CNET Review, will be fairly easy to resell when the time comes
Actually, CNET and Steve Guttenburg also had great things to say about the smallest ABX Speaker that Jon Lane makes too!
Of all the 3 speakers in this review, it is the ABX that appeal the most, to me. Not only because of what Steve at CNET had to say about them, but because of the XBL Technology they are using, and from what Jon Lane had to say in this thread, and on his website.
I MIGHT buy a pair of them, but it will most certainly have to be a B Stock pair, to help offset the certain bath I will take when it comes time to resell them.