I understand that this is just an excercise, but one thing I keep coming back to as I experiment with hi-fi is to try to minimize the number of changes I make at once so I can - hopefully - keep track of and sort out what each change brings to my system. I am wondering how much of this conceptual venture has proven its worth, from the digital interfacing to the horns that are optimized for this. The reason I gave up on horns so many years ago was because I "foresaw" that it would take a personally-developed 5-way system with dedicated amps not only to optimize this approach, but it would take about that just to overcome what I did/do not like about horns. This makes me wonder how many people out there are really, actually, doing what Romy has done, or anything even approaching that level of relentless commitment, in order to get to "the good stuff" that horns would seem to be able to do, this without making "the horn sound" that always winds up spoiling it for me no matter the horn system I have heard to date. Of course any system needs tuning; but, 5-way horns... now THAT is a LOT of very complicated work! Add digital and you are on a Life Quest.
So, I am wondering, is this just a ferocious brain storm, or has someone who reads along here actually gotten good results with anything touched on here, at least to his own satisfaction? So far, the only digitally-controlled sound I have heard is "high-end" HT stuff, and, not surprizing perhaps, I heard nothing apart from the pure scale of it that would make me want to pursue this any further. Not that I mind (appropriate) "Big Sound" for orchestral works... But the overall quality of the reproduction has been another matter altogether, as you might imagine. I should admit that I am not pre-disposed to insert digital this and that into a system, again, because the learning curve is so steep for me, and the audible promise of it has been so faint to this point that I simply have not bothered to learn it.
Although I realize that I have not heard everything, I am rarely pleasantly surprized by other systems I hear, and this seems only to reinforce my prejudices over time. Oddly, putting ML2s in my system has opened the door to digital a crack, meaning I can now (finally) begin to hear some "possibilities" for digital that have eluded me for many years, up to now.
I also "understand" (read, believe) that for many if not most audio nuts digital is more a matter of expedience than an embracing of a "superior" format/delivery system. I use CD mainly because I can ignore it if I want, while the TT needs constant/periodic attention.
Anyway, please join me in seeing the circularity of my "logic", and maybe someone can educate me on what I am missing, here.