Originally Posted by Ryder125
I think a lot of people think that buying id saves them money and gives them a better product cause they cut out the middle man but this just isn't true. See the big boys like paradigm, B&W and such mass produce making it cheaper to build as they build a ton of them and sell them to 1000's of retailers around the world to id companies that don't have that retail out let support and there limits what they can produce and then cost more to make but less mark up due to no retailer, in the end I think it all evens out.
I would LOVE to here Salks but man it's tough to give up $5000+ for speakers that I can't see or hear before buying then I go downtown and can see, hear and touch speakers like paradigms which sound amazing, but won't lie those Salk songtower supercharge might have me taking that big risk as I love their custom look and slimmer design over e songtowers. Also, the reviews I'm reading on the Tekon seem too good to be true but the problem is its not easy for average joe to hear these speakers risk free and it's hard to tell if the reviewer had a nice check when they received the speakers to review or that some of the people on here raving about them aren't employes pumping their tires. I do think Salks are the real deal though, not sure about Tekons tbh.
I had a hard time too taking this risk, but I did it and I'm better off because of it. I worked in retail for a good while, and sold B&W, Dynaudio, DefTech, Macintosh, and a few others brands of speakers and the B&W 703's were my dream purchase that I never ended up with. Fast forward 4 years, and I was ready to buy some speakers. Well, if I'd really had my way, the B&W Nautilus 802's (before the 802D's came out) at $8,000 per pair were my "end all be all" but way out of the price range I'd ever spend on speakers. I began searching ID brands just to be sure B&W 703's were what I wanted. The more I read about Salk, the more intrigued I became. I spoke with Jim Salk on the phone and traded some emails, and he's just a great guy who's honest about his product. Luckily it's one of the best out there. I bought a pair of SongTowers, SongCenter and SongSurround I's and for far less than the price of B&W 703's (with matching center and surrounds) I had speakers that (for me) bested them in every single category.
In fact, my SongTowers bested the B&W Nautilus 802's in every category except deep bass extension, and probably a bit of soundstage width. Aside from that, they're amazing speakers that compete WELL above their pricepoint. I sort of feel like I've got 85-90% of a B&W 802 speaker, for what is today, 1/6 the price because 802D's are $12,000/pair.
In any case, it's disappointing to hear some people have been burned on the ID thing, but Salk are the real deal.