All of the speakers I have owned in the past have always had rather large bass drivers incorporated into their designs. These speakers have always been very satisfying to me with how well they can fill the room with sound and move tons of air with very little effort. My previous speakers were Klipsch Chorus II's with 2 x 15" drivers per cabinet and my current speakers are Legacy Signature III's with 3 active 10" drivers per cabinet. I'm using a PASS Labs X250 for amplification
Lately I have been eyeballing several other speaker brands that use less drivers or multiple smaller drivers in their configuration. Some of these include B&W 802 and 803D's, Thiel 3.7's and Wilson Sophia's.
My musical tastes mainly center around Rock and Trance music, both of which tend to have quite a bit of low bass with complex, grungy musical passages involved.
Can someone with similar tastes in music who listens at fairly loud volumes be satisfied with a loudspeaker that uses multiple smaller drivers in their design? Can a smaller speaker frame, basket, magnet,cone..etc handle high power levels (assuming clean undistorted power) for long periods without burning itself out?
When I look at a speaker that has 2 or 3 x 6-7" woofers as the largest drivers in it's design I tend to think that they would be too delicate or incapable of producing a room filling sound with authoritative low bass performance below 30hz. I'm talking 95-110db with room shaking air movement without the use of a separate sub.
Please let me know your thoughts and experiences with smaller driver performance verses larger drivers.