I just wanted to hear what others thought. I don't really care at a GTG cause I'll probably always be DIY since I enjoy the learning process. One of these days a DIY will be a favorite at one these midwest ones
However with companies involved, I think it is somewhat smart to level the playing field. If we go by price, do we use the price of their cheapest finish (usually basic black)? Some enclosures also are built better which includes cost. Some include reliable plate amps with dsp tweaked by the engineer which will only increase cost.
Say if we have a 4-5k session, we could have about 2 of each kind of powered captivator, 2 submersives, 4 CHT 18.2, 3 rythmik f25s, 26 Bic F12, and so on (just using what I have an idea of price on without looking). If the CHT or Bic are preferred, then we have to consider that is greater than 4 refrigerators in the room compared to the tiny submersives or sealed caps. Then people may wonder (at least I), I don't have enough room for huge or many ugly boxes in my room, how would half that many still perform to less of the smaller more expensive options ?
If we would of kept the Omaha GTG so each driver was not stressing, we could of never had the volume for anyone to think the larger drivers had any value with their extra displacement.
I would prefer to match by displacement so each driver is performing within their linear range. Displacement is generally the limiting factor and there should be tons of headroom above 30-40 Hz for every setup then. It should easier to play all of these within their linear range. There will be huge price differences but I think the performance is easier to scale. If someone doesn't have the room, they can cut the displacement in half and still have a good idea of the advantages of one versus the other and see if the price difference is worth it to them.
Example - 4 cht 18.2s, 3 rythmik f25, 2 jtr caps compared to 2 submersives now becomes 2 chit 18.2s, 1.5 rythmik f25
, 1 jtr cap, and 1 submersive.