Originally Posted by _tk
Honest question though...how many people would really pay over $1K for a 2-way bookshelf speaker with a $30 Dayton woofer in it? That had better be one fantastic sounding speaker.
Originally Posted by Ryanosaur
If I were in the market for such a thing I would consider it as I would any other speaker. I'll look at it later against my notes for some of the speakers I was considering back when I ordered from Dennis. I didn't know about Selah then. But I kept my research notes on all the stuff I considered.
I did want to follow up on this, but in the interest of brevity will avoid a deep dive. Disregarding that the Compatto is sealed and most of what I was shopping for fell into the ported market... following are comparisons of speakers I had on my list:
Compatto, 2-way sealed, FR 66Hz-20kHz (+/-3dB), $995/pr
Monitor audio Silver 100 : 2-way ported, FR 40-35kHz (-6dB), $1049/pr
Martin Logan Motion 35XT: 2-way ported, FR 50-25kHz (+/-3dB), $1200/pr
Ascend Acoustics Sierra Luna: 2-way ported, FR (anechoic) 65Hz-35kHz (+/-3dB), $1148/pr
Ascend Acoustics Sierra 2: 2-way ported, FR (anechoic) 46Hz-38kHz (+/-3dB), $1448/pr
Ascend Acoustics Sierra 1 (not upgraded): 2-way ported, FR (anechoic) 44Hz-22kHz (+/-3dB), SALE $720/pr
Philharmonic Audio Mini Philharmonitor: 2-way sealed, FR 65Hz-20kHz (+/-2dB), $695/pair (I own a pair currently used as surrounds, soon to be rears or repurposed once Phil 3s are in place
Again, this is just comparing lay-data that most random shoppers would look at. I had other speakers on my list too, but specifically in the mindset of spending ~$5K on a 7-channel rig, these were in line with the upper tier of that price class. To me, nothing out of line with the pricing for the Compatto... In fact, had I known about Rick/Selah last year, I may very well have been talking to him as well as Eric, Dennis, Jim, and Dave. And as I've stated my previous love affair with the Monitor Audio Silver Series, its important to note that many people are not comfortable breaking away from the established reality of mass market commerce. I was one of them! My own fleeting interest in Tekton is what opened the door for me to consider the ID market; that and the insanely amazing things I heard about Dennis, Jim, and Dave's speakers.
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