Originally Posted by ousooner2
If the towers were a little larger and more aesthetically pleasing to me
(main living room setup so WAF is taken into consideration lol) then I would have definitely given them a VERY hard look.
High component costs prevent us adding in a premium veneer and finish option to the product for under about twelve hundred dollars, at which level we'd be looking at instead growing the product with bigger woofers, again adding to cost. As-is the A5 is intended to be a high output, low distortion option for limited budgets and spaces, and in many cases the bass will be made up in a separate subwoofer, which the A5's damped F3 meshes well with. Even in black a bigger floorstander with 6.5" or 8" woofers is going to be easily a $1000/pr entry. These parts are not inexpensive, nor is a beefy reinforced cabinet.
Originally Posted by ousooner2
Jon, if you don't mind me asking...do you know of any "design" flaws that would arise from using a 2" midrange (HTD lvl 3)? I swear I read a thread either on here or Audioholics about how a 2" midrange is too small for some reason
Design is looked at as a point-and-shoot process sometimes, with drivers and crossover points selected before their real-world design agreement is known. Moving any multiway model to accept a 2" dome ideally requires reworking the product's entire design goal, and to both have bass and the high average sensitivity dome mids typically require from a complete speaker, you're probably looking at a four way. This in turn changes the tweeter crossover point and therefore the tweeter selection itself - I'd be thinking about two-row supertweeter but the new very high crossover point probably means havoc for the vertical polar and acoustic power responses. (I also have reservations about the vertical directivity of any tweeter longer than the one in the A5.)
Likewise you'll need a loud midbass driver and some serious bass energy to both balance and keep up with this new product's design trajectory. At this point we're looking at something in roughly a dual 8", single 6", 4-way speaker. For TAI to have a model in that class we'd need a dome mid much less expensive than the ATC class that performed as well. Every substitute we've considered has failed to impress. Meanwhile a new Dana model will use two nine octave 4" mids with a table-top flat amplitude response. A 3.5 octave dome at twice their loudness, multiples of their distortion, and less than half their thermal limits may throw too many monkey wrenches into the works.
Even if there were decent affordable 2" dome mids you're looking at what I personally wouldn't do in anything less than a large and relatively expensive model, plus one with the significantly compounded transfer functions between drivers, again upsetting the entire design nearly in all ways but one - basically you get a really constrained model that almost couldn't be further away from the purity of a simple 2-way or even a minimalist 3-way using wide bandwidth components. The A5's midrange is that wideband device, with low distortion and ample loudness, built on the same underpinnings as the XBL2 woofers, but without the actual splitgap. It easily fills in the range a 2" dome together with it's midwoofer would in a larger (and costlier and less flexible and less musical) four way model.