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Just my luck, I was chomping at the bit to have a listen to the Q Acoustics, Dali and Tannoy offerings and indulge myself before christmas and now the release of the 12.4 has me having to hang on until I get chance to hear them and hopefully read a few rerviews.
It seems the trend for modern speakers is sharp edges and boxy designs.
The new MA bronze, Mission LX, Kef Q series and these all following that boxy simple design.
I prefer the design of the older speakers, the more interesting fronts, curves cabinets of the old Kef Q series, contours of the Mission m50, volare, SX series, 77, 78 and 79 series, Tannoy Eyris and Wharfedale 9.0, 10.0 series has much less boxy designs from.
Why are manufacturers moving away from curved cabinets, more interesting and intricate front baffle designs to plain looking boxy designs with flat sides to all sides. Im assuming its much easier and cheaper to make a boxy cabinet than a curved cabinet.
Must admit I prefer the looks of the curved cabinets but not at the expense of compromising the sonic abilities of the speaker.
I suspect the curved cabinets aren't for cosmetic reasons and probably more to do with the structural integrity of the cabinet and perhaps as loudspeaker designers discover alternative methods of achieving the same sonic attributes with 'square' cabinets and perhaps 'point bracing' that they can then keep the pricing of their loudspeakers reasonable and competitive.
I would happily pay a premium for such attractive curved cabinets as they become a real centre piece in any living room, they tend to look equally a piece of furniture as a loudspeaker, but that's just my personal preference, obviously the big loudspeaker manufacturers have done their homework and come to the conclusion that the buyers would rather tip the scales towards a loudspeaker that sounds as good as it can for a given price as compared to compromising on sound to achieve a more desirable looking cabinet.
There's actually a very interesting video on youtube in which a sound engineer from wharfedale talks to the HiFi summit 2020 Q4 regarding the release of the Diamond 12 series, I think his name is Jamie Callaghan, he speaks about the amount of research and development that went into this 12 series and does allude to the cabinet bracing modelling.