Originally Posted by cschang
You can be truthful without being disrespectful.
"They are ugly" vs "Their looks are not for me" vs "I could not put them in my living room"
"fingernails on a chalkboard" vs "I did not like the highs, they seemed very edgy" vs "the highs did not sound right to me"
It's all the same thing... we like what we like and dislike what we dislike.
I will say this though... if something is audibly offensive, it's usually measurable.
I know if I built some ugly speakers, and they got the job done, I wouldn't be offended by someone calling them ugly. I'm sure if Jeff charged more, he could have a more furniture grade finish. It is what it is.
As far as other aspects, if they were heard, then perhaps Jeff can go back to the lab and try to identify them. As mark said, often these are just a db or two in the frequency response, or some ringing in the impulse response, that can be corrected in the crossover.
One of the problems with narrow directivity speakers like the JTR, as was discussed in Floyd Toole's book, is that they lack "masking" effect. For a speaker with wide dispersion like the Songtower, if there is a resonance, it is often masked by reflections in the room.
Whereas if the direct sound dominates, the SAME resonance is simply more audible, and a bit more care must be taken with the crossover. Tricky things like this are what make speaker design interesting.