Originally Posted by LTD02
it looks ok and probably sounds great.
the biggest advantage for the horn is that it doesn't look like the horns on the ae line (for marketing purposes).
they loosened up the compliance on the driver so that it could be pushed "full range" and who knows, maybe picked up a little bit of low level detail.
the downside is that it is an active system that requires itech 5000hd or macrotech ma5000i/bss processor amps, one for each speaker so that is something like $10,000 for a pair of dsp amps. not sure what the speakers cost, but the whole package is probably in the $20k ball park.
a pair of actively crossed 4722's with a lower tuning would probably be just as good in most ways and better in some.
Great point, as the 4722 is one of the absolute steals in all of audio, IMO.
However, there's a level of refinement that I suspect
is missing. Admittedly, from merely a theoretical speculation viewpoint. But I'd believe in the areas of diffractive issues, cabinet borne energy, horn excitation and subsequent release, all those subtle time smearing elements can't be good. Again, pure conjecture, and the realm of minimizing the last nnth of detail robbing release of energy via an entirely inert platform.
I know AVS'er Not has these, and I trust his thoughts without reservation. Extracting the last bit out of a design is where the expense comes in, I get it. These 4722s get you a long way into high performance. The price/performance ratio gets out of whack quickly when attempting to extract more. In high end audio, and the truly disgusting prices therein, there are some valid attempts to entirely eliminate any cabinet contribution whatsoever. Some OB, and electrostat approaches address these issues by not going there in the first place, but again they introduce their own compromises.