French horns in particular are only reproduced accurately with the crossover is really optimized.
Very true, they can be brutal if you don't have a good upper mid-range.
The revised pair did sound better on pop vocals, but not dramatically. As soon as I played some Wagner at full cry, the difference was huge.
Agreed. Sometimes the differences can be minute between speakers on some recordings, and huge
on others. Thanks for that elaboration. When I was auditioning speakers, I would bring along everything, pop music, pop vocal, well produced rock music, solo harp, (which I really like ) some orchestral that I like. I think you absolutely need to do that to make a fair evaluation.
I find that sometimes the mid-range can be similarly voiced between two speakers, but then the lower mids ( particularly transient response, and timbre ) can be hugely different. Also, quality and quantity of bass.
Thanks for your thoughts on that, Dennis