After reviewing the October 2008 Editor's Choice Awards, I was amazed to see the number of small, stand-mounted, LS3/5A type speakers reviewed. Some of them go for nose-bleed prices.
Can we agree that, without a sub-woofer, this type of speaker is limited and, for the most part cannot compete with (well designed) floor-standing speakers?
It seems to me to be a disservice to recommend these. Too often, their designers seem to want to spare no expense at designing and producing the as-nearly-as-possible perfect small speaker. This may be good for the designer's ego, but I question the value to the consumer. It also seems to me that these speakers have a short life and disappear regularly, only to be replaced with a "new", higher priced model.
I played with this type of speaker off and on during my 50+ years as an audiophile. Finally, in 1989, I chose a floor standing speaker that is now reported to be the world's largest selling speaker. Yes, the price has gone up since then, but is still a fraction of the price of some stand-type speakers currently reviewed and highly recommended by your writers.
Just for curiosity, I don't recall seeing any review of a Legacy speaker system. Why?
Frank S. Thomas III