I'm very inexperienced but I still try to observe things around me carefully. Here's what I'm getting at what can be potentially pretty good.. Well, all I can really say is I've been mostly interested in the design implementations of companies such as Maxxhorn or Cessaro. Here's what I've been following, great horns may actually not be the usual "flowery" type that curve outward or are too boxy/rectangular-ish, don't these along with smallness/tallness, weight, flexibility issues or whatever, create more distortion?...great horns go beyond the usual Lowther, Fostex driver deals... The "full range" approach seems to have SOME potential, I mean, I've read that they are not usually very high-end...but overall, the simplicity is great as an idea and probably can be used better in the right hands and minds. The round-ish, "bowl-ish" design of Cessaro or Romy's speakers catch my eye now.
You all see where I'm going with this? I'm still sort of just guessing, but I'm just saying what I'm most interested in. Me personally, I think I'd go for something like a Maxxhorn or Aspara Accoustics speaker along with Coincident's new low powered amp or whatever, if I had the money... Well for budget, I think a GR Research speaker and DAC, along with like a C.E.C. transport, McAlister SET amp, or something along those lines, would be pretty cool. This is coming from an inexperienced person, but still idea-experimenter, but I think I can get on to somethings at times, and anything that's good at a very low price, is actually like a fun thing, and probably would still sound great perfect-like to a lot of more-casual people trying to find good sound.