Romy was actually very specific about why he was critical of Melquiades/Macondo. Even in old posting, he made a point of mentioning that he very much knew what weaknesses he had. To be honest, I believe that his real motivations for change are not complex at all. He was able to squeeze more out of Macondo in his old house with the midbass horn built into the ceiling. After moving, he changed to direct radiator midbass - and and after that even extended the midbass down to turn off the lower bass towers. Most recently he mentioned the enormous effort to keep a machine like Melquiades/Macondo „well oiled“.
This was an indication to me that something deeper was going on. Whether that was a realization that energy in does not always equate to enjoyment out or that life with a loving wife and kids simply does not give one the space to maintain a high maintenance hobby like complex audio playback really does not matter. I think that a caT has a problem with dependencies - especially with machines.
What interests me more is what stars aligned in his listening room at that time that turned (at best) midfi hardware into the experience that he had. We know how much distortion is present, we know how lumpy the frequency response and polar patterns are, we know that a passive radiator does not invert the phase of the signal of the driven chassis, rather creates its own Helmholz resonance. That Fata Morgana has kept his mind occupied, and what is becoming apparent to me is that Remedios will be just as high maintenance as Melquiades/Macondo was. Did he have DiPols for a day? Perhaps. Can a Dannoy become a reliable partner? I am pretty sure that the answer is no. What I suspect is that it is, at best it is a primitive starting point and that the warts will have to be dealt with, one by one - just like with Macondo. Yes, history is repeating itself. His friend Bill has thrown a lot of hardware at the issue.
What I can say for me, I have no real interest in Dannoy (I have not even looked at what the drivers or a B2 would cost), rather in Romys posting about the music that he will listen to when the playback becomes worthy again. I very much enjoyed his posting about Bose on the beach.
Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again.