Yeah, the off-axis isn't pretty but I was primarily concerned with the on-axis, so I wouldn't feel like I had been robbed of quality if I purchased the 2031's. However, the 1031's, from what I've seen online, should be around the same price and I won't have to worry about any diffraction issues. I'll probably just wait till I can get the 1031a's.There is a significant difference in diffraction and it's audible.
The 1030 is also limited wrt bass response and ultimate output. That's why I said wait until the 1031 comes to America. It should fix the 1030's shortcomings and still have it's advantages I hope. It may not be as good as far as advantages go d/t the larger woofer's narrower dispersion in the likely crossover region. If they can reduce the crossover frequency, it will retain the advantages. We'll just have to wait and see--or hear rather.
Yeah I'm thinking about it. I'm in need of a compact audio system (meaning no external amp/reciever, sub, and minimal amount of wires) that will be used primarily for on-axis nearfield listening (2ft away or so). Powered speakers are my only choice.Is anyone planning on buying the B1031A? I'm certainly thinking about it just based on their other designs. It never hurts to have too many great speakers around.