I guess this means that you won't be building me a pair then.....
Just kidding. There are plenty of people that don't like Audio Note or their products. Sometimes I wish I were one of them. (My wallet sure does. )
Yeah, you're correct, I won't be diving in to building replicas of AN's, which are replicas of Snells, it's all just too confusing for me.
And don't think I don't like Audio Note UK, very nice gentlemen and their other room driving Cathedral speakers was fabulous. And the AN-E's sounded lovely, just my personal preference at that price point goes elsewhere. I have some disagreements on things that aren't pertinent here, but their products sound very good.
tonyjack, it wasn't Peter Snell that disagreed with Kevin Voecks, he was dead, and that death was the reason Kevin was brought in. Dr. William Osgood was Peter's partner/associate and took over the company at that point, it was he who brought in Kevin as chief designer. Kevin took the line far away from Peter Snell's original ideas, most notably with the Type A, and it was the original Snell customer base that rebelled. I think he was bringing the line into the 21st century, however I'm a heretic. Osgood was not a strong presence and mostly grimaced on the sidelines as Snell became a home theater line under Kevin's direction. The sale of the company ended both of their terms of service at Snell.
I agree Types E thru K and J, a lesser extent Type D's, are middle of the road everyman speakers that still wear very nicely even today. However Types A, B, B Minor, and early C are still some of the finest speakers around bringing relatively high prices on the used market.