Originally Posted by JonfromCB
You're misinterpreting my point. Soft domes, metal domes, inverted domes, horned compression drivers, flat ribbon, folded ribbons , AMT tweeters, and I'll even include full range drivers, all have different physical and sonic characteristics regardless of how well they are implemented. Some less experienced folks may not know the differences, or even realize they all exist, but likewise over time and listening experience most audiophiles develop preferences between them for a myriad of reasons I won't get into here. I'll just reiterate that it's important to learn/know preferences and differences when trying to narrow down any choice one wants to be happy with.
I read your point loud and clear. The fact is that we need not focus on the driver material or type - only the performance of the whole speaker.
There are well-implemented domes on the market that sound better than ribbon speakers, for example (Revel, Salk, others). It is all
about how the designer puts the speaker together as a whole.
Therefore, I would not base purchase decisions on driver type. For example, I have seen people put together shopping lists of AMT-based speakers. That is a folly, and will eliminate many other great choices.
I would also not base purchase decisions on the number of drivers. I used to do this, thinking 3-ways were always going to be better. Turns out, it can cause problems, too. Even some well-regarded designs suffer from this (KEF).
I would look at measurements, reviews, price, and aesthetics (for some) when considering speakers. Trying to get into the shoes of the speaker designer is over-thinking the decision.