I agree whole heartily! Perhaps something similar to the original Avalanche series with a little more BL (especially for the 18), at least 30 mm of Xmax, better upper bass response (lower inductance),all for a somewhat reasonable price point ($275-$350).Not sure if that is reasonable:dontknow:, but it sure would be cool. :yay:Oh goody... I get to post first. :bigsmile:
These are the properties that I'd like to see on a line of HT drivers. I'm one of the people who is willing to pay a bit for some extra quality so budgetary concerns aren't really on my radar.
High displacement for the low bass in soundtracks and low distortion, with high SQ and good upper end bass extension for blending with the mains. Versatility so that they can be used in resonant and sealed designs, with an emphasis on small sealed box requirements. 30mm or more one way would be great and the more the better. It doesn't need to be as crazy as a XXX, but massive displacement headroom and clearances like that is a plus. Keep it linear and low distortion too. I'd like to see a linear motor system used (split coil maybe/ counter coil?) to that end. Quiet high excursion operation. Also low and well controlled inductance through whatever means necessary(shorting rings/ counter coil, whatever). Solid venting and cooling with high thermal power handling. High BL to keep the efficiency up and the box sizes reasonable. I know that using a linear motor automatically hurts you there but it can be done. I'd like to see it have a neo based motor too. Finally, keep it plain and classy looking. Offer it all the way up to a 21 or 22" like the one we already discussed.
That'll only be what? About $1500 per driver? :thud:
1. Extreme linearity/High displacement
2. High BL
3. Well controlled inductance
4. High thermal power handling/venting/cooling
5. Low self noise at high excursion
7. Reasonable box size requirements
9. Classy looking
Perhaps you could do 60% of that in a more budget oriented line?