Originally Posted by Gooddoc
He may have heard some, or even quite a few. Certainly not JTR. It seems that great sounding CD designs are not the norm, but the exception(although that probably is just as applicable to domes). At least in my experience. Unfortunately, many people never take the time to find the exceptions and instead make the assumption no CD design can compete with traditional dome "audiophile" speakers.
Who cares really, lol. Their loss
Most people that go outside, hit clubs, go to concerts, movies etc. have been exposed to compression drivers. Granted, the first exposure usually involves the local band in a pub banging away on guitars as they learn how to play etc. As I figured out rather quickly, you could say they didn't have the best skills or sound quality. If you don't have the skills--at least make it LOUD!
Many people equate horns to those bar band speakers at the local pubs. Never mind the design of those speakers were for durability, efficiency, power handling, cost and portablity over sound quality--it's the horns fault!
I get it, heard plenty of poor sounding horn loaded PA speakers but if you drink enough, they might start sounding good! In reality, there are plenty of very high quality PA speakers but they are huge, very heavy, very expensive, very complex active systems and you won't see those at the local pub. I've been to an IMAX that had incredible sound--because it was designed, configured, tested and certified to do so.
As far as audiophile types not liking certain things, that should not be a shocker! Plenty of transistor haters, class D amp haters, digital anything, EQ is the devil and the list goes on. Plenty of audiophiles still don't understand subwoofers, parametric EQ, active crossovers or multi-channel... I'd rather audiophiles stay away from compression drivers and horn technology, I am perfectly content letting the tech trickle down from the professonal arena. For home use they are not required so plenty of options. I'd say the millions spent by B&C, BMS, "Faital Pro, Beyma, Eminence, Bravox, Radian, 18 Sound and others to do R&D on compression drivers and waveguide/horn tech are not concerned with what any audiophile thinks. The only major manufacturer would be JBL for consumer speakers and they are doing quite well as far as I can tell.
No worries--most people that are exposed to my speakers never see what is inside unless they rmove the grills. In the past 4 years, that was a total of 3 people that cast their gaze on the 10" horn, two of them thought it was cool and ONE person commented it sounded incredible "for a horn"
The teenagers think it is "retro-cool" which is entertaining, that design didn't exist 10 years ago so not even close. I'm not sure if any JBL M2 owners have been accused of being "retro" but people do hear with their eyes.
No worries--I got mine!