Thanks for your contribution.The drivers in my Revel M16's are very inexpensive 'looking'. You would not be impressed. A button tweeter and stamped steel basket woofer. I bet Harman makes that button tweeter for $2-5.
Doesn't matter as you can make a great speaker with very average parts, especially average 'looking' parts.
My set of M126be's does use more obviously expensive drivers. With big beefy motors/magnets with nice heafty baskets.
Whatever, the drivers Buchart is using are very decent and a high quality speaker can be made with them.
You can also smartly make thin unbraced or minimally braced cabinets work well.
Design is one trade off for another and there are many ways to find success.
The NHT speaker in OP's avatar uses really cheap drivers. The woofer is total crap and yet the speaker is quit decent if not a little trebble forward. (definitely needs subs and a high pass.)
@regan my experience with the original R3 is that it is a 5/5 superb speaker that would just not be my 1st choice for myself. Make no mistake that the R3 is superbly crafted and easily worth retail price - honestly I feel comfortable saying ignore anyone suggesting otherwise. The stated build quality complaints are absurd to me.
R3(non meta)is a bit clinical sounding to be my 1st personal pick. They sound to me like superb SPEAKERS and they do have a hint of pleasant richness, low distortion above 60hrz, and 'feel' very accurate yet are just not quite exactly able to get my toes tapping and cause me to be unable to stop listening past bedtime. Oh well.
If you have the C-3 from your avatar, that speaker is one I sorta liked but I just didn't love. It had a 'tiny' quality to me. In any case the R3 is a much more robust unit with vastly more sophisticated drivers. Will it be better to you is another ?.
By the way OP, it was mention so just to be clear, with subs and high passed the R3 can handle really good output levels.
I'd pick 70-100hrz as the crossover region high passing those R3's L4 and SPL ability will be really, really nice.
You also mention direct sales and Buchart. That is just a side effect of small company logistics. No small company can compare with KEF, Harman and other very large companies on cost ratios. It is not even going to be close. KEF outsells Buchart 500-1 or more. JBL/Harman who knows, just lookibg at one speaker. I think they sold 5,000+ JBL studio 530's in the USA alone over the past 4years. The prices Harman,KEF ECT pay for production of their products at their scale and volume would likely blow your mind. Especially Harman. I bet they pay $5-10 in costs for a driver that would cost $120 at a DIY store.
I suspect pound for pound the R3 is objectively a better value vs the Buchart despite the layers of business. Though I always advocate for giving the little guy a shot. Plus I think the Buchart is a very interesting speaker, though I have never heard one if them.
As for my NHTs, I can say that the drivers actually seem cheap. A mid also had a distortion issue (mostly it was a tone layered over the fundamental but not harmonic), and luckily the seller replaced it for me with another unit in the shop, otherwise it cost me about 150 euros from the USA.
Apart from that, they are well sounding and well engineered speakers for the money.