It seems you have heard just about every active speaker.davedotco said:To be fair, the cabinets on the Yamahas are not that bad, I can really only 'hear' them sounding off on the big HS8s, which is one of the main reasons I think the HS7 is a better bet for hi-fi use.Vladimir said:Well they are cheap and cheaply made. Unlike the metal case Gens these cabinets ring at ~200Hz like 1950s telephones. There's no free lunch. It's amazing how good budget actives sound considering they are made from decomposed garbage.
The other components are as good as they need to be, and no more. Effectively built around cheap 'plate' amplifiers and drivers designed to do the specific job at hand, the proof is very much in the pudding.
Sold in huge numbers, well regarded in general, reliable and consistent, testiment to their design and entirely adequate build quality.
As I mentioned above, you can pay more for a basic 6.5 inch two way, such as 'The Rock' at £2.5k or the mass market but higher quality A7x at about £1k, technically all round better products, better sounding too, but in the pro world you get what you pay for rather more often than you do in hi-fi.