Originally Posted by bambam
Wow, I've never heard of Ascendo speakers, but they look fierce. Checked out their website too. Very nice! How do they sound?
Looking at that BMS coaxial/concentric 2-way compression driver on a horn--and the very pro sound look of the woofer I would hazard to guess something along the lines of JTR. After all, they have been building those type of speakers for around 8 years or more. I do know those BMS drivers cost around $750 and up each--does not include the crossover or horn of course--all depends on the woofer cost, who makes it then the upcharge for the box/amps and whatever.
If you like, you can build one or a variant of one with drivers from dual 10 inchers (JTR Neosis 3TX) which uses Faital Pro Neo 10" 8 or dual 16 ohm drivers depending if you want 8 ohm or 4 ohm impedance. You also have the option of dual 8's or 12's and dual 15's and various choices as far as that goes. If you want to build your own custom configuration to fit your room, basement, HT or nighclub--there are designs online that will get you started--DIY Audio has a few different variants. Be aware that just the BMS driver, a passive crossover and a horn to go down to 400Hz or lower willl cost you over $1,000 each so you had better be absolutely sure that is the direction you wish to go!
It is refreshing to see options that actually will work well in large HT systems, sound fantastic and can/will hurt you if you ever crank it to 11.
They also work well for low powered tube amps if that is your flavor to give realistic SPL dynamics without requiring a space heater sized monstrosity to power the system. Tubes are not my thing, my dad liked them so his IB speakers used pro drivers to handle his odd tastes in audio fascination. The trick for me is I'd use an 18" PA woofer and then try to match the dispersion at the 360Hz crossover point. Someday!
It's Cedia, always fun to see the odd ball weirdness people dream up on occasion--even the ones styled by Dr. Who. I skip over amps, record players and that sort of thing but always entertaining to see how they can remix a speaker--as long as the marketing fluff does not get too insane...all part of the fun.
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