Thanks wolf. I don't know how many speakers I will build, but this is an interesting hobby. I have learned a lot in the last month reading lot of forums and websites. Also my small japanese apartment does not lend itself to having lots of speakers laying around
I should also mention that my current monitor (focal cms40) are kind on on the smooth side and a 4" woofer (65hz F3 with a bit of a hump at 80hz). I am looking for an alternate monitor with more bass extension, a little flatter, and a bit more detail. My sub does not integrate so well (room nulls I am trying to fix). Also for mixing I need something a bit more analytical (more like a precision tool) without being shrill,distorted, or painful. Right now I have some PSI A17 monitors on home loan http://www.psiaudio.com/product/active-monitors/a17-m
. These are very professional monitors and excellent, but just a bit out of my price range.
I think the soprano will be too similar to my current CMS40. If the continuum are too easy on the ears, then maybe that will not be what I am looking for.
I found this thread of someone who built a Mandolin for his nearfield use and loves ithttp://techtalk.parts-express.com/showt ... ost1925095
starting to think the Mandolin might be what I have been looking for. I just read on several site where they think the SB15 has better midrange and less distortion than the SB17, But maybe the SB17 is actually not so different.
Eventually I really want to do my own design, but the more I read, the more I think my first build should be a kit. I really want to eventually do a build with the D2608 HDS tweeter since I think that is exactly what I am looking for.