Originally Posted by Nuance
I think the Ascends imaged a little better, yes. However, I do not agree with this, nor have I ever experienced this:"The difference in imaging was obvious. One of the posters here at AVS (ivanpino) noticed that tilting his head out of the sweet spot, even a foot, caused the centre image for the Songtowers to disappear. Some of us had trouble believing that, considering the reputation of Salk speakers. So we took turns listening for ourselves and ended up confirming what Ivan heard."
I won't say anything other than no one else has had that experience with their Salk speakers, so...
A completely unbias strength comparison would be:
Ascend: more bass punch, can be driven louder before the woofers distort and had better imaging
Salks: more resolving midrange, better timbre and nicer high frequencies
How can you state that when you were not there? These two guys, sdurani and ivanpino, do not own products from either company, and are well respected members of our LA Audio/Video group. What they stated is what they heard. This was a direct comparison, with proper A/B level matched, instant switching (but not blind, although at times you could not tell which pair were playing). Positioning was even changed to see if that was an issue. In that session, folks thought the Tower had a more resolving/detailed midrange, more dynamic, bass/mid-bass was more punchy and defined, with nothing specifically mentioned about timbre and high frequencies(Dave did mention he liked the Salk's dome tweeter a lot). Also, I will add that apparently the SongTowers that were there did not have the current woofers, and the pair of pre-production Towers were made of MDF and had an older crossover and tweeter.
If you just want to list strengths, that's fine, but that was not done in the GTG thread. In fact, no one mentioned imaging, Salk or Ascend owners, in that thread.
That all said, I'd hate for all of this to turn into a he said/he said type of thing or ugly rivalry. These are two well respected companies with excellent products with different business models. Owners of each company's products can be very passionate and opinionated. I highly urge comparisons, it is the only way a person can get what is truly best for them.
edit: Looks like missed some posts while typing this up!