I agree with Onhwy61 and Tml2. Since the mid 90s, a new(actually old) breed of speaker has emerged. Coming from companies like Coincident, Meadowlark, Silverline, Soliquy, etc. These speakers, while appearing status quo on the outside, are actually MUCH different. But, the differences are internal, where no one notices. They CANNOT be lumped into the design of loudspeaker which has ruled supreme since the early 70s. Higher(3rd and 4th) order crossovers have been eschewed for much simpler designs. Most of these units are first order. In fact, my Coincident speakers have exactly TWO crossover components. These components do not pollute the audio signal anywhere near the extent of the more complicated designs. Perhaps with these designs, the need for an active crossover, extra pair of (expensive)interconnects, and another stereo amplifier has been mollified to a greater degree than you realize. The impetus for these simpler designs has been the return of many of us to tube amplification. The more complicated the crossover design, the greater current required. These current hungry loudspeakers demand high powered solid state amplification. That was how high end audio evoled from the early 70s - mid 90s. It turns out that not only do first order crossovers present a much more benign load to the amplifier, to me, they sound much more immediate, lifelike, and natural. This may be the reason that many audiophiles preferred these simple designs in the 80s. Arguing(using their ears as the measuring device, instead of ocsilloscopes and spl meters) against the so called "experts" who argued all of the physics(replete with their charts and measurements). These pooh poohed audiophiles simply said that speaker(with the first order crossover) sounds better to me than that speaker(with the trick fourth order crossover). Many of us heard simple setups, using tube(even integrated or SET) amplifiers, and a benign speaker provide us the best sound we have ever had in our systems. The experts deemed us idiots. But who has the last laugh now?