Originally Posted by tuxedocivic
Hey Scott. No I have not, but I have heard very point source speakers like coaxials and full rangers and I fully know the grand benefits of point source sound. I've touted it quite a bit on these forums. So I don't doubt very much that you and beast have phenominal speakers.
What you have stated in this thread is that you place a higher importance on the FR at the LP where as I place highest importance on the anechoic FR with uniform polar response. Even in my own room where I can control the LP frequency response. I typically prefer a wider polar response than something to narrow also. So from my position, I agree with Face that there is room for improvement here, despite the incredible benefits a synergy horn provides. I think those benefits do out weigh the FR abnormalities.
There's way to many variables to accept your statement that some good speakers have bad FR and some speakers with good FR sound "bleh". There's a myriad of reasons why this may have been.
JUST to be clear. I think the synergies are probably mind blowing. I just think in the home setting I'd want to improve the FR.
I wasn't taking your comments as you thought the speakers didn't sound good. (It wouldn't bother me if someone thought that...It's like wine if.. I like it...I like it. If you don't like the exact same wine...you don't like it.)
In my mind I still have a question as why you place such high importance to frequency response in an anechoic chamber and not at the listening position? After all, the listening position is where...you listen. I've heard Manger, Lowther, Voxativ, MarkAudio, and many other full rangers. (Also Quad, Magnepan, and any other exotic you can name except for plasma based drivers.) At the end of they day they are dependent on the room to not screw them up and typically have limitations with uniformity of off-axis response, total output, or...limitations at the low end. The Synergy concept removes those limitations...and then adds the potential for better time domain performance, lower distortion, directivity control all while maintaining the point source benefits.
To describe the sound the only words I have are this: It's the detail of electrostatics, tonal control of a full range, with the musicality of a min-monitor, precision imaging of headphones without the in your head soundtrack problem. Add in all the dynamics of a horn loaded system without the honk or listening distance requirements...and that's about what you get. You literally can't stop listening.