Little two-way boxes on a stand....


Yes, I have had some of them, SOTA ones...and compared to better Magnepans, Martin-Logans and even old Thiels and others...in the end result they sounded like little two way boxes on a stand.  Is this  "The King Has No Clothes" ....?  
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So you don't even like the LS3/5A's? Those have been my go-to small speakers for 40+ years! And for contrasts I have KLH Nine ESL's, plus two pairs of Quad 57's.
I believe 2-way boxes on a stand can play very well as do other speaker designs. That is why many who contribute on this forum own other types. Currently I do not.
A two way box on a stand can, like all catagories of speakers, can be great or not so hot...  Just like the Golf GTI was a great car in it's catagory,  was it a Porsche, Lotus or a Ferrari...well it wasn't trying to be.  A great dark beer from Capital Brewery or Anchor Steam are great beers, are they Dominus or Lafite...well no....but they are still great beer.
I give you the harbeth p3ser and the wharfedale diamond 225’s both great standmount 2-ways in their own right. Me, I now own Tannoy legacy "standmount" 2-ways (concentric drivers) and to call them standmounters is a stretch...they might as well be floorstanders as they are behemoths!
Try Alta Celesta's. They wear tailored by Armani.

My older Sonus Farber Concertos have clothes in my current set-up. 
Add a sub and they sound just as big as a floor stander.

I think it very much depends on what type of music you prefer.  I don't find them satisfying on any type of large scale music.  Orchestral or rock sound very weak and a sub doesn't solve the problem.  This type of music requires a large woofer that plays above the subwoofer frequency range to sound right.  A small woofer can't provide a realistic punch.  I think you need at least 8" and 10 or 12 is better.

On the other hand, if you listen to smaller scale music, I think small monitors and a sub are fine.  I find them nearly indistinguishable.
Add a sub and they sound just as big as a floor stander.

This is pretty much what I have found. 

I have some incredible DIY (with close to state of the art drivers and x-over), sitting on a woofer module, and they sound as big as any 3 way floor standing speaker. 

Now mind you, the woofer module is NOT a subwoofer, it is a true woofer. The 2-ways are being crossed over at 200 hz, and the 10" woofer module takes over from there. 


Thank you to all that responded. 
I’m starting to sound like a broken record but I listened to the persona b weekend before last and now I’m thinking of replacing my beethovens with them. 
Something to consider with small 2 ways on stands. 
-Not all two way monitors are the same. Some are amazing, many are just OK, and some are pretty bad.
-Without bass reinforcement from a PAIR of subwoofers they are not going to surpass the sound of good floorstanders. 

Disclaimer: I design and build state of the art monitors with powered subwoofers for red carpet clients.
If your only tool is a hammer, everything is a nail, right? 

I've tried probably a half dozen speakers, including some small monitors and larger speakers up to Klipsch Heresy in my small computer room and none of it sounded great. 

I picked up some Harbeth P3ESRs and that's when the magic happened.  I have a small sub in there and it's the perfect setup for that room. 

Would they be as good in my main system?  Even though it has better components, probably not, the room is just too big.  I haven't tried it yet, but it would be a fun experiment.