Two years ago I was stuck in analysis mode
The battle was between the Fusion 8, Cinema 8, 893 and Fusion 10. Determined I wanted something that could give me reference THX levels at 4 meters--the Fusion 8 and 893 got axed. Game on with the Cinema 8 VS the Fusion 10. The efficiency was about the same, they both went low enough to meet up with my subs so statistically a toss up. To "break the tie" I researched the horizontal center channel options, for the C8 it was the F8 Center and the F10 was the 1099. On paper, the F10/1099 would be the best fit for me (after I modify my furniture to fit the 1099)
I find the hemp cone 8" drivers very interesting, it would be cool to have the Fusion 8 purple VS the Fusion 8 hemp speakers head to head. At the minimum, post the purple VS hemp frequency response graphs with an explanation of the differences between the two.
The other factor is the HTM-6 with the SEOS 8" waveguide, the Fusion 8/Cinema 8 series will eventually use that part which causes one to pause. The upcoming HTM-8 (I've seen pictures!) also would suppress interest in the F8/C8 as you could get a 10" waveguide SEOS with a smaller, more managable bookshelf speaker. It didn't help that the HTM-10/12 came out over a year ago with the HTM-8 rumored to be rolling out. Since the reviews on the HTM-10/12 are so good, the HTM-8 might be the top dog in the 8" sector? I'm sure this stalled sales with the HTM-6 because human curiosity dictates the 8" version might work better for some people's applications.
Maybe at the next get together in your area, you could bring a pair of Fusion 8's, Cinema 8's, HTM-8's and 893 speakers for a comparison with fellow AVS'ers. You also have the option to throw in the Fusion 8 Center compared to the 893 Center so the crew can get an idea. For the most part, the AVS get togethers tend to be the battle of the big dogs, the F15/F12 VS 1099 VS Titans and so on. The battle of the super cars but lacking in a 4 door sedan comparison test.
My friends and buddies love the sound of my Fusion 10's--but they always ask that typical question that "normal" people ask: "Does it come in anything smaller?"
You can bet when they see the 1099 horizontal center, that question will be asked much more often. At this exact point in time, I can't answer that question! It moves to wild guess, I'd say the Fusion 8 with SEOS 8 horn to "match" the Fusion 10 SEOS horn or the HTM-8 with 10" SEOS horn--take your pick. If you want the efficiency of the F10, get the dual 8" version of the F8/HTM-8 when/if available.
The new site should help here, it would be helpful if all the specs were filled in on some kits. The missing crossover points on the 1099/1299/1899, missing sensitivity/efficiency specs on some kits and frequency response measurements would help clear things up. If you don't want to clutter up the pages with too much techno-sizzle geek speak--put a link to your forum with more information than most people would want to know about the kits. The 1099 thread on AVS is almost 4,000 posts long--very interesting for a dork like me but most people would not read all that to learn that the Fusion 10 was designed after the 1099 as a TM bookshelf option for folks that need/desire smaller mains.
How critical are reviews for DIY'ers? For me, not very critical at all. In reality, if we put much stock in reviews we would not build our own speakers! Bose gets tons of fantastic reviews...so does the latest Andrew Jones chinese speakers...until the buzz wears off. I went for the Fusion 10's because of build threads, comparisons, measurements and specs of that kit and how it fit into my overall design. For me, I want the best center I can have because in my audio religious beliefs, the center is at the center of my audio solar system.
In summation, your new site, the release of the HTM-8 and maybe a comparison between your "great 8's" or F8/C8/HTM-8 and 88 Special--heck, throw in the Cobalt 8 also as an option should clear things up. I appreciate the huge selection you have for 8's. Everything from a dome tweeter on the Cobalt 8, EOS 8 waveguide on the Fusion 8, 10" SEOS waveguide on the HTM-8 to the monster SEOS 15" waveguide on the 88 Special. Keep up the good work, hope the new site clears your headaches and thanks again for putting up with us.