Originally Posted by Nuance
Status Acoustics Titus 8T
That's frankly a lesser speaker than the 3-way Infinity Primus. You can clearly see the untamed midrange mushroom cloud dictated by the physics of that drive-unit configuation (too large mid and uncontrolled tweeter directivity, and/or too high crossover between mid and tweet) between ~1.5kHz and ~4.5kHz in the off-axis measurements, as one would expect from such a poor basic design.
Anything with a 6" woofer and a tweeter on a 180deg waveguide is going to have similar midrange colorations. (Yes, an intelligent person can
look at a speaker and tell just by looking that it's crap, though one cannot tell whether or not a speaker that from outward appearances is well-designed actually is a good design.)
Add to that the fact that the "matching" center channel is in fact just a toppled MMTMM, along with some of their prior train wrecks (three 1" dome tweeters on 4" flanges in a line, anyone?) and any knowledgeable person is left with the clear impression that the loudspeaker's designers are clueless about basic physics.As for "best" full-range speaker, the real answer is "none."
Some "full-range" speakers, such as the KEF Refs, the Revel Ultimas, David Smith-era "XA" Snells, Andrew Jones' TAD's and Pioneer EX's, some NHT's and Tannoys, Gradient Revolutions, Quad '63s atop Gradient subwoofer/stands, etc. are feats of audio engineering, with high quality drivers, well-engineered cabinets, brilliantly optimized filter networks, and superb voicing. Above the modal region, all will be excellent-sounding if used properly.
However, given how awful the bass reproduction will be from any of them when deployed in any domestic living room, the obvious answer is that the "full range" speaker is a poorly-chosen compromise. Better for a given loudspeaker size to shoot for less extension and more efficiency, with a second-order (monopole) rolloff in the bass*, and expect that multiple subwoofers will be blended with the mains to maintain the same excellence sound from the modal region down. I would love, for instance, to see a "Revel-ized" JBL LSR6332, with a nicer-looking cabinet, a grill, and no port. It would also probably need a Be tweeter instead of the standard JBL one for marketing, I suppose.
*Integration of mains that go dipole below cutoff (vented/"transmission line"/"backloaded horn", 6th+ order bandpass/"tapped horn", open baffle, etc.) with subs of any type is almost always problematic.Edited by DS-21 - 1/24/13 at 9:03am