To horn or not to horn


I have never owned a horn speaker. I’m curious if there are any who are first time horn speaker owners after having owned other types of speakers for many years, and are you glad you switched?
needlebrush
Needlebrush wrote: "I’m curious if there are any who are first time horn speaker owners after having owned other types of speakers for many years, and are you glad you switched?"

I don’t fall into that category. My (condensed) back-story is, I was a thriving SoundLab (full-range electrostat dealer) with a solid anti-horn background and accompanying bias, then at CES nearly 20 years ago I heard two horn speakers that abruptly shifted my paradigm. They were the Classic Audio T-1 and the Edgarhorn Titan. I’m still a dealer for SoundLab but now I am also a horn speaker manufacturer.

Georgehifi wrote: " Not much love [for horns]🤷‍♂️

"Try switching the question around the other way and you’ll probably be killed in the rush."

I dislike most horn speakers, but not all have an audible "horn signature". Imo the problem is that horn design is deeply rooted in the PA world, where acoustic amplification was the top priority. But it is possible to design horns which prioritize low coloration. The devils are in the details.

Just as not all dome tweetered speakers are created equal, so too not all horn speakers are created equal.

Duke
I think that a listener's preference for horns (assuming that they are good ones) will be in good part based on how much they value realistic dynamics, and the sense of ease that horn loudspeakers display.

That is not the priority of every listener.
if you have sweet sounding amp,go for horn speakers:)
My folks loved to dance, they would fire up the console, drop the tone arm and about 1 min later the Metregon would start sounding pretty good.

Horns, you can spend your life trying to get there.  Horn people, are horn people.

There are some neat looking ones through the years. Jensen, JBL, Klipsch, Altec. A LOT of handmade, one of a kind setups too, crazy looking stuff.

I had Imperial horns in my teens and early 20s, few speakers of the time were better. Of course I'd say that..LOL

I thought they were the Coolest Daddio. 
Not  much love here either.