Just got off of the phone with the dealer I bought my Ascent i's from and he said that the list on the Vantage was going to be exactly half of the Summit price. That puts them at $5,000.00 and he said they will sell more of the Vantage once it comes out then they will the Summits as a result of the price difference.
I really wish they had put some curves in the woofer compartment. Too utilitarian. It is not as bad as the Summit because of the proportions so I could live with it (well I could actually live with the Summit as well). I know sound is important but I like sexy too.
Another reason for the (higher) crossover point (look at the picture again) is that the woofer on the Vantage is ported, giving it a bit wider operational range, but of course, not the power and slam of the Summit at really low freq. Also the panel of the Vantage is smaller, meaning it probably doesn't go as low as the Summit panel. I think it's a good compromise though.
I'm ready to replace my Aerius i!!! finally i found a speaker that will work in my small/medium room like the Aerius but that will be an upgrade. and i love the look. awesome... very exciting. i'd tried to find a good box speaker to replace my aerius, and auditioned some excellent speakers like Merlin VSM-MX's and they still didn't give me that open quality that i just have to have... i'm SO PSYCHED and ready to BUY!
Since the Vantage has a 92dB sensitivity rating, what amplifier wattage power do you think will work well with it? It theoreticly should allow more tube amp options if it doesn't need as much power. It has to be less than what is needed for an Aeon or Ascent.
Also, I think $5K is a reasonable price. I can't really afford a new pair of Summits right now but I can almost afford a pair of Vantages. If I could somehow take home a pair and audition them and compare them to my Ascents I would expect them be better. If that were the case , I'd find a way to afford them.