The Usher is way more dynamic and has a far better finish quality
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Just to post another opinion for anyone who is reading this thread in the archives, I would beg to differ with Aintitgr8 on the dynamics and the finish quality. I have a local audiophile, actually two with the Usher 8871's and while they are a lot of speaker for 8K, they are not more dynamic or as refined as the Blue Heron 2's. Nor, would I expect them to be, for there is quite a price difference. As for the finish quality on the Usher's you get a choice or walnut or birch, both are furniture quality, but that's it - vanilla or chocolate. No where near comparable with a totally customizable and custom woodwork job that Meadowlark offers.
As for better finish quality, I cannot seem to fathom how a design by D'Apolito could overlook to flare the ports on the back of the speaker at $8K to avoid port noise...
With that being said, it is a good sounding speaker, and a hell of a lot more speaker than most at 8K. To each their own & happy listening.
I second Stevecham's motion. There will come a day when coherence in the of time-and-phase domain will be a necessary condition for any speaker to be considered high fidelity. Run with the thoroughbreds, i.e., Dunlavy, Gallo Reference 3A, Green Mountain Audio, Meadowlark and Vandersteen. Usher is back in the pack with other also-ran nags.