Build electrostatics: you'll never want to bother with boxes again. A look at the ESL forum will restore a taste for experimenting with many new and challenging issues in sound reproduction.
just a guy, just because You don´t know anything better doesn´t make Your words a trueth but just another uninformed opinion.ESL's are ok for moderate spl listening in a living room (with the exception of your antique 1 meter square monstrosities which necessarily have massive comb filtering and lobing problems) but are not useful for much outside of midrange and up in a domestic living room setting.
just a guy, just because You don´t know anything better doesn´t make Your words a trueth but just another uninformed opinion.
Panels with SPLs above what a typical home hifi speaker can put out at THD-levels at least one order lower are easy to build.
In fact You can get the dynamics of a Horn system without all its drawbacks.
Admittedly You need to restrict to a working range >150Hz ... a ESL is no good bass.
Finding and building a partnering bass that can cope with ESL qualities, like speed, authenticity and resolution is no easy task at all.
If You do things right, You´re never going to step back to those mediocre and flawed dynamic drivers ... regardless if their membranes are made of paper or gold-pressed Latinum.
well I'm willing to admit that You're right about this beeing the Subwoofer forum, if You can explain to us all what "monstrosities which necessarily have massive comb filtering and lobing problems" has to do with Subwoofers in first place, especially as Horns are typically not known for small dimensions either.
No one will find Calvin deficient in technical grasp!
If your interest is making nice mitered corners and veneering, then the box world is fine. But if you are intellectually adventurous and want to explore new concepts, not the place to be.
Although I have been an ESL person for many decades, the Planars and Exotics forum has many interesting paths to explore. A lot of interest in DIY magnapams, Heils, and leaf tweeters, in addition to the stalwarts building ESLs from the ground up (I spent the morning revising my 10kV ESL interface box- I don't believe there is anything using a circular saw to cut wood comparable to the thrill and even physical courage needed around serious high voltage). Even plasma driver projects show up from time to time - since there is no other driver with that kind of perfection.
Within the world of shaking-cardboard subs, much more R&D excitement in DSP and in my own interest, motional feedback (which I worked on at Bell Labs using their large anechoic chamber, long ago) as compared to one more TH. As far as deciding which port has less compression and noise and how to model 130dB signals, hardly a topic for lively minds at this time.