Originally Posted by EZ-Rhino
It seems you've developed a preference for horns.
It's a shock, considering how much I hate horns. I don't like the way they look, I don't like the way they feel, I don't like the way they sound...
...except when I close my eyes, they somehow sound better than what I'm comparing them to.
Of course, not just any horns. Take any of the old JBL horn systems—please! But starting with the Project Array Series, then the Everest II/K2 S9900, then the Studio 500 Series and now the M2 and LSR305/308, they've gotten progressively more compelling, to the point where the mids and highs of direct radiators just seem weak.
I've still got some direct radiator systems: L100, XPL200A, and "PT250" experiment, but the truth of the matter is the newer horns are kicking butts and taking names.
Originally Posted by rdgrimes
Horns vs cone/dome speakers is not a new discussion. Either "value" or sound quality discussions are still pretty much an apples/oranges conversation. I think many folks would agree that the PS and Revel models have reached near the pinnacle for cone/dome type speakers. Horn technology is still evolving to some extent. I'm pretty sure I will die listening to my PS system. But if I was to dabble in horns, I think I'd go looking for some used Array 1400/1000/880/800 models before I'd fork over $1K for a 590. But then I've never seen the value in new speakers when used are available.
The Revel Ultima II Salon is clearly class-leading in direct radiated sound, and it's a speaker I wanted to own. Who knows? It still might happen. But in a direct in-room comparison I ordered the four combatants this way:
- JBL K2 S9900
- Revel Ultima II Salon
- JBL Everest II DD66000
- JBL 1400 Array
I bought a pair of K2s as a result, though the Salons were much cheaper.
Originally Posted by Smarty-pants
Wow. I'm kinda surprised at your comments. For no particular reason other than you seem to really
like the Studio series.
Nothing wrong with that, but just not exactly what I expected to hear, especially such clear decisiveness over the Performance series.
Maybe some day I will get a chance to own them, but it would be several years at the least to even think about replacing my L series (which I love).
I love the sound and the form factor of how they fit in my theater room which is very tight as far as width and height.
Heck I never thought I would be able to have the L series either, but sometimes the right opportunity combined with passion
for this hobby allows things to happen sometimes. I really wouldn't be disappointed if they were the last speakers I even owned.
You should've had your trailer backed up to my front door when I was pitching the Performance gear out!
Okay, I didn't actually pitch it out, but a ton of stuff went out at fire sale prices. I'm surprised RD wasn't out there picking up a few spares.
TBH, I still have four Cherry PT800s and a PC600 stored against future remorse.
At this point, I've had no desire to take them out and listen to them. They could be the stars of a future sell-off.