Originally Posted by Kung Boa
If price and SQ was equal between genelec and Seaton I would buy Seaton because good private companies are a dying breed and big soulless companies full of corporate suck-ups are not and the components in Seatons speakers cost more than the ones in genelecs.
Don´t know if that´s an issue with anyone else but I like to get my moneys worth everytime I buy something.
The markup in genelecs are huge.
Genelec isn't that big a company. Per Keith Yates in 2004 they had about 120 employees. Now perhaps their headcount is more or less than that. So bigger than one-man show (plus cabinet shop partners, etc.) but probably not the "big soulless company" you think.
But yes, Genelec do often seem to use drive units that...are surprising considering their speakers' price-points.
That said, their "MDC" concentric driver is a very innovative design. IMO. It seems to do away with literally all of the potential pitfalls of concentrics (though one can debate how audible the issues with concentrics actually are) by having both concentric radiation and a stationary waveguide for the tweeter. Here's the patent.
Basically, it looks like the tweeter sits a bit proud of the midrange, and midrange fires through a compressible foam waveguide layer that I think also serves as the diaphragm's suspension.
There are advantages to size. One of them is that Seaton and JTR (as well as Gradient, etc.) don't have the mass to do a designed-to-be-concentric-from-the-magnet-up driver (a la Genelec MDC, Tannoy Dual Concentric, Pioneer/TAD CST, KEF Uni-Q). So they have to rely on drivers assembled(by some of the best driver engineering teams in the world, to be sure, at B&C, BMS, etc.) from parts designed primarily as standalone drivers.Edited by DS-21 - 8/4/13 at 5:26am