Which SPEAKER for the 21ST century?

Cones vs Electrostats vs Ribbons Can we all somewhat agree that the speaker is the most important component in our system? We are all familiar with the cone driver. Has the old tech cone(mid/high) driver reached its potential zenith? Does the electrostats have the potential to become more efficient? Size less overwhelming? As well will the prices ever become reasonable? And last will the new tech(mid/high) ribbons become the choice drivers for high fidelity music reproduction for the new century? All comments are well appreciated.Thanks
I added the ravens to my oris horn speaker when I sell it I am building a new system arround the raven .Love the sound of the r3.1 but it still needs a mid.I was thinking about using 2 fostex sigmas for mids per side and 2 PHL 15in woofers per.that way I can use a simple crossover and keep everything at 98db -1-watt.ever heard of the cabasse 20 3/4 in woofer?thxs for your advise I will look into it
Hold up John, lets look at our options. The Raven 3 is one heck of a driver, so we want to do this right. Yes i believe i saw a design with the monster 20 3/4 inch Cabasse on E-Speakers.com. But have you seen the new Seas W26?!! For midrange i'm casting my vote to the Accutons over the Fostex. Now which Accuton? PHL are good drivers, but Seas W26+Accuton+R3! I'll give you the model # on the Accuton.
Yes I just asked Rick Craig about some help with design. All he said was that you are after sensitivity. I'm not sure exactly what that means. But i can see with your goal of 98db, he hit the nail on the head...hummm, so lets see there is alot going on here. Low power amps..Are these called SET amps? Single ended? What amp do you have? What's the benifit of a low power amp vs say a nice Jadis 60 watt?
I'm in agreement with avdcreations on this one. How about the arrival of active speakers with a digital amp? Further, why don't we have a system where you get *one* high-bandwidth connection (firewire/fibre?) that carries *all* audio streams. Then take this one connection and daisy-chain it to each speaker. Each speaker "knows" what channel signal to pluck out of the merged datastream, and amplifies the appropriate channel. Imagine, a single wire that come out of the back of the disc player and goes to all the speakers necessary.
I guess Meridian comes closest to this sort of thing...
Anyone know of any work being done in this direction?