No Kat lovers?
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Hi Lake513. Nice system!! :) If I go for the Norths (I'm also considering Salk, Selah, Legacy, and a few others), I'll have Lee Tatlor build the boxes; he did a lovely job on my Eskas. I notice you have a pretty large room and lots of breathing space for your Manifests. I can go at most about 32" from front baffle to the front wall; should I stay away from George's "free field" designs?
I enjoyed the Eskas for many years, and just this year replaced them with Big Kats. I made the switch to obtain more presence in the bottom half octave, and I can tell you with certainty that the Big Kats are full-range, as well as being absolutely wonderful. :-) I love them.
I bought both kits without prior audition and (obviously) have no regrets.
I can't help you, as I am not familiar with the other options you cite. I bought the Eskas on spec years ago (because I needed a near-wall loudspeaker and read enough about the Vifa woofer to be willing to take a chance). The step up to the Big Kat was easier because trust was gained already.
Good luck on your quest.