Originally Posted by Scotth3886
One speaker at a time as in the Harmon tests, I would think very badly.
And yep, for 60 years, I keep coming back
I do not know the answers re ESLs but I bet FT can give insights.
I believe a Maggie did not do well in the Harman set (just google it), maybe not at all, and I was a little surprised. Maybe it was ML, Martin-Logan, sorry. Yes, I think I just libeled Magnepan.
Big (or Quad-sized) ESLs likewise might be oversized in a comparison, but that is speculation. I tire of the scale, but again, that's me, meaning I love them and then not. My experienced opinion does not matter, really, believe me.
I have not tested or measured ESLs outdoors except for the Carver Amazing, wait, sorry, not an ESL, right? --- which I did twice, years apart, since the owner did not believe my radpat results; a long story having to do with how a thin ribbon hor radpat is not really much like a cardioid at all, as claimed.
My KLH 9 and Acoustat exposure, at some length, was wonderful and impressive, but I do not think I would want to live with it. (Like some friends with my dbx Soundfields
Otoh, I have never lived with it, and many who have, like the 60y quote above, wish for nothing other.
I myself think 12' is a bit far for listening distance, and 90dBspl is too loud. I think what you want, choosing among Haydn string quartets, big band jazz, big orchestral, and lots of medium pop-rock, is 70 and the loud passages into the 80s and maybe hitting 90. Once you are rocking along and happy, then sure, 100, live rock and big orchestral.