what do horns sound like


Ive probably only heard one or two many years ago and i may never get a chance to hear another anytime soon.

Do they work with pop music and electronic music? 

Do they disappear?

Do they have even tonality?

are they for nearfield or far field?
kenjit
" The active/passive/eq question will require some doing; I'll try to condense. "
     That's a lot more complicated than I will ever get. I feed my signal from my PC to the Xilica and then to my speakers and call it a day. One thing I did do that was very simple and many are not aware of is to upgrade the stock sound card. On my Dell workstation there is a realtek sound card which is pretty plain jane as it is. You go to the Realtek website and download the High Definition driver and all of a sudden it is a 192ks sound card with great fidelity. I know there are a ton of things out there that are possible improvements but I am satisfied enough with my current system that I am not really looking to find one.
Hi Duke, intentional diffraction isn't always a bad thing. I've had a pair of EV 8HD diffraction horns for years, though no longer in use. They have no edges but do have a narrow mouth (and their literature is where I got the idea of damping the edges of horns not surface-mounted!). JBL had diffraction-slot loaded biradials. Anyway, all that said, the 150 (sort of a tiny mantaray) has its ups and downs, but I never saw irregularities like odd harmonics on tone tests, so I took some advice on having compatible dispersion patterns. However it goes, it's amazing what you can find for very little money these days, isn't it?
@mahlman, it's always good to be happy with what you have, but I hope you'll take another look at what you can do with that computer and a ton of cheap/free DSPs. Certainly took me a while to get the hang of it, but the world is at your fingertips.
"Hi Duke, intentional diffraction isn’t always a bad thing... I never saw irregularities like odd harmonics on tone tests..."

Diffraction doesn’t show up as odd harmonics; rather, the spectrum of the diffracted signal would be a significantly distorted version of the original, much lower in level than the original and arriving after a small time delay. Ime its effect on measured frequency response is negligible.

"... so I took some advice on having compatible dispersion patterns."

If the cost of good pattern matching is having a little diffraction, I’d probably make the same choice you did, unless listening tests said otherwise.

Duke