Thanks Matt. Statements were my first choice for this build but my livingroom setup will not allow for pulling the cabinets out far enough from the wall
The Finalists have the sealed-mid-chamber option, which i have to use. I still kind of want to build the Statements at some point, just to hear that ribbon tweeter
We'll see. The Finalists are VERY capable though. They offer more SPL than i personally need, but others who blast everything may disagree. I can't believe how low they play, usable very close to 20hz when EQ'ed when room gain kicks in!
For completeness i figured i'd post the distortion measures i did recently. Cranked my Denon 3312 *almost* all the way up. These are not super efficient speakers. I think my AVR is 125 or 150w/channel(?) and that gets me into 90's. PLENTY for me, but again, if you're into serious SPL you might want a hardcore amp to get to the theoretical 104dB limit. I measured a single channel at about 1M on tweeter axis. Mid tunnels were plugged. Speaker was in my normal listening location next to my flatscreen. Unfortunately that means some weird interactions with an 18" trap between the tv panel and the rear wall. Rear of the cabinet itself was about 1' from the wall.
First run was with no EQ
Second run was Auddyssey set to Music. This was kind of unscientific since Audyssey is supposed to flatten response at the listening location, not 1M, but i was curious. Low end does even out a bit with the EQ, but other parts of the curve suffer... measurements at calibration location (ie. on the couch) may have shown a flatter EQ'd curve in the mid range
OH.. and the legend (which Omnimic does not seem to supply for HD curves)
Red = 2nd harmonic
Purple = 3rd harmonic
Green = 4th harmonic
Light Blue = 5th harmonic
Dark Blue = 2nd-through-5th harmonic