Originally Posted by soho54
If you don't mind, can you say what it is you don't like about them? I am curious, and I'm sure the OP would like to know.
The only down side to me is that they need a lot of room to sound their best. The difference between a good sized room with proper placement (and seating,) and a not so perfect room is pretty large. The OB Dipole still sound fine, but the wide presentation, and openness is lost compared to what they can do.
Artificial and vague soundstage, overly diffuse and generally lightweight sounding. Blech.
I have heard many, many electrostats, ribbons and Maggies over the years and all have had the same feeling. Some were in rooms better than others, and the last pair of dynamic driver OBs were well set up in an excellent room and left me very cold. The owner loved them, but I wouldn't have accepted them as a gift. Well I would, but I'd have sold the parts and invested the money into something I like better.
Originally Posted by sphynx_000
I have heard a pair of manufactured dipoles. I dont remember the brand, but they sounded quite nice to me. This was more or less part of a HT system (not a dedicated stereo setup). I was not impressed with the bass, it seamed like the sub was trying to take up too much slack. The mains were a 2 way I believe with a couple 6 inch woofers. I would say these were "decent" speakers, and least by manufactured standards.
They way some people praise them is also part of why I want to do the design.
This is precisely why I strongly
suggest you hear something like you're interested in building before you spend dollars. Do not trust other people's experience or opinion on sound preferences online, if you don't know them and their gear, and listening habits and preferences. I have made the mistake several times of reading someone's opinion that something sounds a certain way, and when I actually hear it, it sounds nothing like the description to me.
Be sure the project is really what you want. Go find a store that sells the Jamos and have a listen with a variety of tracks. If you still love them and they meet your needs, look at the designs already out there similar and start from there. If not, look at something else.
Originally Posted by sphynx_000 I should explain my listening preferences a little.
I listen to a large variety of genres, typically at casual levels. BUT, I do like to crank things up from time to time... I do want a powerful speaker capable of delivering some impact. I think I would be disappointed if I end up building a speaker that is not capable of high output listening. Hence, why I thought of a line array.
Does this sound like reasonable expectations for a OB speaker? or should I start looking elsewhere?
Short answer to the above two paragraphs is no.