|Subjective listening experience:
I have set Ashley's speakers next to Farm's line array and my own Energy C-2 for A/B listening comparisons.
Observation #1: Ashley's speakers are very efficient (Clio testing reveals 6 dB more efficient than the Energy speakers) but are much less efficient than Farm's.
Observation #2: Ashley's speakers have extremely articulate bass, not deep, but very well controlled and crisp. We'll follow up with some spectral decay waterfall plots when our Clio software upgrade arrives.
Observation #3: Ashley's speakers have midrange clarity and balance easily surpassing the Energy speaker performance and rivaling Farm's array.
Observation #4: Ashley's boxes have considerably less wall vibration than the Energy speakers. (I had thought that was one of the selling points of the whole Connoisseur line -----the C-2s were $600 per pair!) Farm's array, of course, has almost no detectable wall vibration at the same SPL level.
Observation #5: Even my aged hearing appreciates the more detailed high end compared to Farm's full-range array. I must concede that the metal dome Energy has a good high end, too. The younger listeners have detected a harshness, however, in the Energy high end. I attribute this to the 20k ring of the metal dome. I can't hear 20k anymore, so I'm forced to rely on the opinions of those who can.
Which brings me to Observation #6: Every single listener (I polled at least 50 teens and a dozen fellow teachers) preferred the sound of Ashley's speakers to the Energy C-2s. The opinions were divided when comparing Ashley's and Farm's. I suspect that the novel look of the tower array added subjectively to the opinion-forming process.
If I had been able to choose between Ashley's speakers and the Energys when I bought bookshelf speakers, I would have chosen Ashley's hands down. NO CONTEST!!! I'd have been willing to pay at least the same amount. Her material costs were just a tiny fraction of the $600 I spent. Everything taken into account, Ashley's material cost was under $75 per speaker (including box, paint, plexiglass, stuffing, drivers, crossover components, etc.). Unfortunately, the DIY 2001 events are all back East. The $150 categories would have a worthy challenger.