The search is for speakers that can play loud without risk of damage. By loud, I mean 110dB+ peak to the listener.
110dB at an affordable price. EEK! We are headed into Cerwin Vega territory.
JBL's are known to play loud but I am unfamiliar with their mid-priced speakers.
I do know that the big Legacy speakers like the Whisper can play 110db all day without breaking a sweat, and clearly too. I have heard Legacy speakers a few times at audio shows, they love to play the drum track off their demo disk. Register at Backstage to download a free music sampler disk with some of the most dynamic tracks you have ever heard. https://www.legacyaudio.com/backstage/
The Legacy Expression is above budget ($3245), maybe it follows the family tradition of loud and clean.https://www.legacyaudio.com/products/view/expression/
Tweeter: 1" spiral neo ribbon
Midwoofer: 8" Silver / Graphite woven diaphragm, cast basket, phase compensation plug
Bass: 8" Silver / Graphite woven diaphragm, cast basket, phase compensation plug
Freq. Response (Hz, +/-2dB): 38-22k
Impedance: 4 Ohm
Sensitivity: 94 dB (2.83V @ 1m)
Dimensions: 38.5 x 10.75 x 10.75
There is a pair of older Legacy Focus speakers (retail $10,000) on eBay for $3000 Buy It Now. They are the opposite of "not gigantic" but what the hell.https://www.ebay.com/itm/333330279410