Originally Posted by SteveCallas
I would stay away from a compression driver / waveguide combo if music is your primary goal, or at least figure out a way to audition them against a dome tweeter design first. You’ll thank yourself in the end.
They both have their advantages and disadvantages.
I wasn't overly happy with my SEOS's, I solved that by moving to active crossovers and adding a super tweeter above 10khz to avoid the waveguide resonances in that region at high powers. I also added beefier woofers (UM-15's) to extend the bass to 20hz or lower, as the default pro-woofer while efficient, didn't have much extension without adding significant THD in the vocal range as excursion and power climbed.
With those upgrades it is in some regards better than a B&W 800D now, and in other ways no so much. More dynamic, more efficient, louder, less strain and a crossover not residing in the ear-critical 3-5khz region.
With those modifications it closes in on the hi-fi gap significantly, like 70% vs 90%
The downside is that it doesn't look nearly as pretty, costs a good bit more than your stock DIYSG rig, but still a fraction of the cost of a 800D rig; the waveguides tend to project the sound away from the walls and towards the seating area, comparable to a flashlight vs an omnidirectional bulb that projects light in a wider soundstage; in a high reflective environment or a room that is narrow and long the waveguide would probably fair better with less "room sound".
There are some macro and micro differences in how to renders the sound as well. Neither good or bad in total summation, just different.
It's really Apples vs Oranges (both edible however.
Perhaps "ideally" one should have two different rooms, one for movies and one for music.
The movie system being for high-SPL, aggressive explosions and rock concert loudness,
and the music system being for lower-SPL maximum-transparency and maximum-soundstage, perhaps ribbons or something...
Most people don't have that much budget or extra rooms to spare. That is something typically only a well off single-person or rich family-guy could afford to pull off.
Given the debt clock and millions of foodstampers, I'd imagine most are struggling just to put food on the table.
Compound-interest is the most deadly weapon man has EVER invented. Makes nukes look like a tonka toy...
The model is mathematically-unsustainable, and we are about to witness the final stages.
Anyone who has ever played Monopoly knows how this all ends, there is only ONE winner at the conclusion of this game of music-chairs, and his name is: Jeff Bezos
The other ~100% of the planet, will lose everything... including their soul!
and on that note: How can we help you spend all your money?