Originally Posted by DS-21
No offense, but your comments read as though they were written by someone who hasn't actually used the various parts in the context of a system designed to reproduce music in a small room.
I'd say you over read into my comment
your assumption is incorrect though but that's not the point here. I was just tossing in some alternative ways to look at it here. I disagree though if you're going to do something with the driver (like horn loading it) that may augment it in some way or change the overall result then perhaps a strength it has over another may not be something obvious or otherwise overlooked if using in a more traditional system.
Simply without taking the enclosure alignment, crossover work, and how it's intended to be used into account.... it's a stretch to say one's better than the other.
I think it's generally accepted that the B&C does the better job at the transition that others. I'll toss this into the mix.. It would be important to look at offaxis response perhaps even moreso than onaxis.
End of the day I'm not trying to argue anything here. I'm a fan of concentrics/coax. I have them in my theater. They do have their own compromises that must be considered yet they also have strengths. Primarily tossing some points into the discussion hoping to help or at least spin some thought since I actually have messed around with these in a limited fashion. My opinion is that to a degree the "nastiness" of the HF can be tamed in real world use (perhaps less so on measurements). Since it hasn't been discussed here I'll finish with another point to consider that I feel is pretty significant. Controlling excursion of the woofer. The more you can minimize that the less HF nasties you'll have to deal with increasing volume. Hence seeing them in 3 way systems and like you mentioned having good results with higher crossover points.
Carry on .. I'm a fan of the mission.
As a side note as I've been picking away at a response on the side while doing something that actually pays my bills.. you've been adding a lot more detail to your response making some of what I typed probably irrelevant LOL