I've always had an affinity for smaller "mini-monitors" and wanted to design something that would be reasonable in cost yet be able to hang with far more expensive speakers. My first real high end speaker was based on the Rogers LS35a which is considered to be one of the classics. Material advances have made it possible to surpass the old technology of the BBC engineering and the result is the Transparente.
The version pictured here is ported on the rear with a low tuning (40hz) so placement near the rear wall isn't a problem. You can even build a smaller sealed version for use in many types of systems - sub/sat 2-channel, surrounds, or even on a desktop.
Design: 5" 2-way
Drivers: SB Acoustics SB15NBAC35-4 aluminum cone woofer, BZ Labs CQ66 tweeter
Frequency Response: (+/-3dB) 65hz-20K
Bass Extension: -10dB @ 50hz
Impedance: 4 ohms/nominal, 3.6 ohms/minimum
Sensitivity: 85dB /1W/1M
Suggested Power: 30-100 watts/channel RMS
Dimensions: 14"(H) x 8"(W) x 11.8"(D) (tapers to 4.5" wide on the rear)
Weight: 19 lbs.
Pricing: $650/pair (includes free shipping to the mainland USA)