Originally Posted by RWetmore
But does it really make for a significantly better overall listening experience? I'm tempted to pick up a pair of the X-14s on the used market. Are they really as easy to drive as the specs and measurements suggest?
You are asking all the tough questions, haha.
Significantly better? Well, here was my thinking and some background:
I was in the market for a soft-dome tweeter, 6.5-7" woofer, bookshelf, with a robust cabinet that would last at least a decade, with quality parts, engineering, and service. My local dealer was carrying Harbeth, Dynaudio, and some other boutique brands at the time. I went in to audition a pair Harbeths, but was blown away by a pair of Dynaudio Contour 20's. The C20's were out of my price range and the Emit line didn't exist yet. So, he cut me a deal on a pair of X18's. I really liked the guy so I wanted to buy from him anyway. So that's what I picked.
When the Excite line was announced as discontinued, I grabbed a pair X14's for a future surround system. Still deciding on a center. May go with the X28 or a single X18. Anyway, I'm also eyeing an active BM5 mk3 to use on a desk where my X14's currently sit. I have my Klipsch/Wharfedales set up in the "listening room" with the Klipsch winning so far.
So we have all price points from ~$150 to ~$1300 in the house somewhere lol. Quality increases as value drops...Such is the audio hobby...