I am wondering what difference, if any, you have experienced between fourth and first order cross-overs. I see many competent and recommended designs of both types, and competent engineers who advocate for both types.
The difficulty in getting an experienced opinion is that dealers generally have an interest in the product they sell, or other audiophiles in a product they purchased. There may be idiosyncracies not gleaned in a dealer demonstration.
I am considering purchasing a speaker with a first order crossover. In your experience of listening to many speakers for longer periods of time, what are your experiences of the differences between the two, in terms of reliability? Placement? Listening distance from the speakers? Needing to be in the sweetspot? Size of listening axis? Or is there a reference book or article which addresses these issues?
I have read reviews in an attempt to generate a pattern, but many reviews do not include the type of crossover. Thanks for the help.