Call me crazy, but shouldn't the most "accurate" speakers in the world be those used in recording studios? Then why aren't we as HT connoisseurs taking advantage of these relatively cheap speakers? Add to that amplifiers matched to the drivers being fed by active crossovers and in some models servo technology controlling the movement of the cone... why wouldn't you buy them??? I only ask because I am in the market for some new speakers and am serisouly considering a pair of these gems.
Take for instance, the Mackie HR line of monitors - in particular, the HR626. They have active crossovers, bi-amplification, and servo feedback for the LF drivers. In any other system, this would make an audiophile drool... but I haven't heard of anyone using speakers such as these for HT. And as a soon-to-be engineer, they are definitely more appealing than any other comparably priced solutions. They have balanced inputs - much better at rejecting noise than unbalanced, no long runs of speaker cable - ending the debate over which cable is best, and SERVO FEEDBACK. I mean, c'mon... in my mind, this puts them above almost any other non-servo-controlled speaker. People spend tons of money on expensive electronics and expensive cables and all kinds of stuff only to have the speaker at the end of the chain severely distort the signal. I don't understant the resistance to a configuration such as this.
Sure a company like Mackie doesn't have your average consumer in mind, and they might not have fancy wood finishes or $200 speaker stands, but I'm sure they produce good stuff. We all claim to want the most accurate reproduction, right?!? I think its staring us right in the face! I understand that people have their preferences, and they might like a certain speakers sound, or even a distorted tube amp, but these are all effects that can be added to a line-level signal, with either digital or analog means. It is my belief that the speaker/amp combo should accurately turn whatever electrical signal is fed into it, into an identical sound wave. And I think such a system could do a better job than many other elaborate ones that cost much more.
Someone please stop me if there is a reason not to go with a system like this, 'cause I just can't see what could be bad about it. Please let me know what you guys think!