I have learned a lot in the past two years. I read Floyd Toole's book and went to Harman for training. They produce some excellent loudspeakers that are accurate, measure well on and off axis, and sound great. Revel Salon2s are being discontinued, but the F328Be measures better and costs less. JBL M2 is still one of the most accurate speakers.Too bad we don't have a 2020 market replacement (with commensurate audiophile demand ala the 80's and 90's) for the excellence and accuracy the Dunlavy speakers offered. The SC-5's were and still are terrific speakers. John Dunlavy is missed by many that new him and or owned his speakers. The basic designs for his later USA built Dunlavy series stemmed from the research and manufacturing he had done in the early 1980's in Australia under the Duntech brand. He moved to Australia from the US because the government gave him a grant to open a speaker research laboratory in Adelaide.
Dynaudio seems to have embraced John Dunlavy's philosophy (first order crossovers, MTM designs), while Harman believes that fourth order crossovers and waveguides are essential. I would choose Revel or JBL designs over Dunlavy or Dynaudio today. The Harman waveguides and crossovers yield the most seamless transition from treble to midrange I have heard, and the neutral off axis response makes the in room response better.
I recommend Dr. Toole's book to anyone who want to learn more about loudspeakers and room acoustics. I thought I knew a fair amount about both, but discovered I had had a lot to learn. https://routledgetextbooks.com/textbooks/9781138921368/
You would be surprised at how high the demand is for accurate loudspeakers in the home theater market. The use of Room Correction software (DIRAC) and tools like REW (Room EQ Wizard) allow consumers to get near perfect in room response if they start with accurate loudspeakers and multiple subwoofers.
Choosing a loudspeaker may be the biggest challenge for music and home theater lovers. There are countless brands from which to choose, and even more claims and counter-claims. Since the room has such a profound impact on the sound of a loudspeaker at lower frequencies, and it is impossible to...
Hello all! Thanks to the powers that be at the AVS Forum, I have been given permission to post about a unique “speaker shootout” / HT get-together to be held mid-August in north Colorado Springs / Monument (about 35 minutes south of Denver). Any and all are welcome to attend this unique...