Originally Posted by RN2013
Regarding a possible kit:
Isn't the future of the BMR or any replacement driven by market interest and then ultimately demand...which is a function of many things including price...so, a few questions that might help...
It would be interesting for all of the posters to say whether they currently own a RAAL based speaker and which one....or if they have heard a RAAL based speaker and which one and what did they think of it....and would they buy a RAAL based speaker and what would they be willing to pay....that is the information that will help Salk, Selah and Ascend make decisions about RAAL based products going forward.
Looking forward to what people have to say...should be interesting and informative.
I have 3 BMRs, currently LCR, and am in a holding patter on a pair of Phil-3s (which would replace L/R and move those to Surround detail.
I have no complaint on the BMR mid. It seems to do its job very well, especially for such a low cost component! My gosh, would an Accuton Mid, other than driving the cost significantly higher, be better? Or subbing in the BG Neo 8 like the Phil 3... though that is a huge driver and iirc wants to operate as a bipole on an open baffle or an open backed cabinet as Dennis and company put together for the Phil 3.
One of Dennis greatest strengths, perhaps overlooked to his XOs, was driver selection.
Regardless, I want to maintain my Raal tweeter collection. This too has given me nothing to complain about, rather rave. Both the BMR, and my limited experience while auditioning the Phil 3, left me in awe of how effortless the reproduction of sound was compared to other market offerings I had listened too (Kef, Monitor Audio, Martin Logan, B&W).
So yes, for me, right now, a Raal is a dealmaker! So much so, that if I build my own kit for a full range tower, I asked Rick about the possibility of swapping the tweeter to better match my rig
That said, I've also seen it written that part of Dennis' skill in choosing drivers and designing the XOs was in making a dome tweeter and ribbon tweeter perform on equal footing. So who is to say if the cost of the Raal necessarily needs to be the determining factor when a beryllium dome may in fact be just as good when implemented properly. Or, if the Raal can't perform in a more highly powered system?
For me, the BMR as is, is magnificent.
Without a Raal, would it still be attractive? Perhaps. And maybe less expensive.
Without the namesake driver, would it still be attractive? Yes. and likely more expensive.
A big part of the BMR, to me, is the 7" Scan Speak and the bass response that the speaker has! More than anything else, that driver or something similar in this box and port tuning are what make this so desirable. Without that 34Hz extension, it would be, frankly, just another standmount speaker. As it is, it hangs with, and outperforms many towers!