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Horns !!

It's about a year late, but I'd like to thank Stereophile for being open-minded and reviewing four (true) horn speakers in the past two years. It started with WP's review of the Klipsch floorstanders and continued with LG's JBL Array, EL's stand-mounted Klipschs and finally, JA's assessment of the big Acapellas. 

No other publication has taken such a bright attitude to these otherwise retro, "honky" designs. Competing print magazines can't even come close - even onlines are in the dust ! It began with John Scull's review of the Jadis horns around 1996. Since then, Stereophile has reviewed Avantguarde (3X), Calix, Klipsch Lascalla and now this recent group. 

Horns (really) look like the transducers of the future. I don't know how many took notice, but last year, JA, who knows a thing or two about modern speaker sound, said that the Acapellas allowed him to hear details never experienced before - from any speaker design !!

Good job once again and I hope Stereophile keeps up the important work of informing audiophiles which speakers best serve their goals.....

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Horns!!

I guess you're a horn lover?

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I was cone-in-box for about

I was cone-in-box for about 13 years, then heard a horn at RMAF '07 and have been hooked ever since. Tellig's review of the LaScalla helped as well. I never thought I would like horns - but they really are doing things that conventional systems don't.

It sounds like there's (still) a stereotype concerning horns. Many audiophiles think that they're retro-honky things of the past. Anyone with good ears and reads speaker reviews know better.

JA's comments on the Acapella should have elevated it to Loudspeaker of the Year. It didn't happen - but JA's comments still stand.......

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Horns

The only horns I've heard that I like are the Avant Garde Duo and Trio. All the rest including Klipshorns don't do it for me. Of course I listen with an open mind. Who knows what I may hear. Maybe one day I'll hear some horns that will win me away from esl's.

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I love good horns -in the

I love good horns -in the right room, that is.  In fact, the best sound I've ever heard from a pair of loudspeakers was from a pair of klipschorns in a big, high-ceilinged, lively-sounding audio showroom.  But I've also heard horns sound awful; closed in and lifeless, in rooms that were too small and/or too acoustically dead.  Which is why I don't use horns in my house.  My man-cave just isn't horn-friendly. 

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Too bad - a little research

Too bad - a little research will show that the Klipsch LaScalla is about 2 feet deep and not very tall. But horns can be placed (fairly) close to the rear wall - as room boundries help the bass with wave-launch. The Klipsch Cornwall is not too far from the LaScalla in performance.

I wish there were more horns under 10k/pair - but there isn't. We have "waveguide" loudspeakers - which are essentially horns - but only from 1200Hz and up. These are still good choices - Emerald Physics and Amphion are two examples.

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