Originally Posted by Neodym
my friend is deciding if to buy pair for good price that have been returned
now lately I becose fan of speakers that are anything but not traditional ports becose that degrade quality,like for example KH 0300 is sealed,Geithain is cardoid sealed,PMC have this crap absorbing advanced transmision line,even Genelecs have something I think
so is Opal traditional port with all its problems or they use some clever thing like above names?
I hope it dont fart like the first batch of ax series from adam witch were amazing for the price except that evil holes
You may not have this opinion if you actually heard, say, the 0300's vs Opals.
Sealed vs ports: It's called trade offs, there are pros and cons to each design, but for a sealed cab/woofer to approach the low end capability of a ported design, you'd need a MUCH larger cabinet, like 2-3x larger at least. The 0300's Don't have this....they have a small sealed cabinet, and it sounds like it.
To me, the Opals had a faster/tighter/more-extended low end than 0300's, + MUCH more power. Yeah, people think, "but the 0300's are sealed!!! they must have tighter bass!!!" Well, it's not really what I heard.
Ports can be designed/tuned many different ways. Sealed cabs it's mostly just the volume of the cabinet.
I know you mentioned you can't audition speakers, so this is a VERY dangerous exercise to go by OTHER peoples OPINIONS (including mine!). Monitors are VERY personal.
My suggestion, is to name all the speakers/brands you like and don't like, and the reasons. You started to somewhat do that, but you need to elaborate and clarify. Then others here, who've listened or have/had the speakers you've heard, can then make suggestions on other speakers that you might like.