Originally Posted by Bullitt5094
Thanks for the suggestions! And I may consider more expensive offerings as well. I'm looking at 12K and down. I'd like to keep it around 6K or under if possible. And in researching it may take at least 6 to find something superior to what I'm hearing from the DIs. So far I haven't stumbled over anything under 6 that has anything close to the efficiency and bass extension the DIs have. Most are in the 85dB range with bass rolling off at 35. The Salk Veracity HT3 has caught my interest at the $6k level. If I win the lottery I would go for the Exotica 3s. I don't think the wife would let the ugly Soundscape 10s in the house! Or the Philharmonic 3 either. The Phil slim is interesting but I don't think it would work for HT duty in a treated room the size of mine. But maybe I'm wrong on that. I would like to pull something in to give the DIs some competition though just to satisfy my own curiosity.
is because it's simply not possible to achieve ~99dB/2.83V/1m (4Ω) sensitivity and
useful 20Hz capability from 10" woofers in that sized cabinet. Maybe one or the other, but not both
at the same time. This is blatant "specmanship" from Tekton and is a prime example of why a lot of blokes here bang on endlessly about speaker measurements. When you've got a rough idea of what a speaker should
be able to achieve from the physics that govern speaker design (eg. search: "Hoffman's Iron Law"), one can spot this sort of chicanery a mile away.
Say we compare the DI's to the JTR Noesis 215HT
's. That speaker is an example of what's required (very large cabinet and 15" woofers) to achieve useful 20Hz capability and "just" mid-90's sensitivity. (BTW, the 215HT's were sent to Josh Ricci (Data-Bass) for independent
testing; results are linked on the product page.) If you scan through JTR's speaker range, you can clearly see the trade-off's the designer has made: the HT/HTR variants are optimised for high sensitivity and must be run with subs; the RT/RM variants are tuned lower (subs optional) at the expense of high sensitivity.
Given your target $6K budget, the new(ish) JTR Noesis 212RT
may be a good contender for you. (Pictured on JTR's Facebook
.) With optional full grilles and custom automotive paint job, they might even pass muster with bride too.
If you're climbing towards $10K a pair, I'd steer you towards looking at high performance, DSP controlled active speaker systems
. Ones that immediately come to mind are the extraordinarily well crafted offerings from Funk Audio, like the 8.2P Active Pair
. If you've got big amps to sell off, perhaps the Active Line Array Pair
are within reach?
Good luck with everything and apologies if that came across like a bit of a lecture earlier.