Originally Posted by Lawnguy
I recently auditioned the new Silver 10's, along with the Gold 300. I have to say that I actually prefer the silvers. The larger woofers give them a more well rounded sound, as they should. The golds sounded slightly more "refined" with a little more sparkle perhaps, but were lacking in low frequency extension as compared to the silvers. At more than 2X in price over the silvers is another downside of the Gold 300.
At $2,500/pair, the Silver 10's might just be one of the best values out there in high end audio!
Does anybody have any thoughts on my assessment?
Back when I bought the Silver 10s, I compared them extensively with the 8s. The latter had a slightly more forward presentation, and a little brighter as well. I liked them a lot, but I feared that they might end up tiring in the long term. I had the exact same reaction as you when I heard the 10s. Their sound seemed more fleshed-out and rounded, somewhat easier to the ears. Of course, my space is also rather large, so I went for the 10s. (Despite its size, my room has a boom at around 90Hz that gets easily excited with the 10s, but I think that it wouldn't be much different with the 8s, as it's relatively high in frequency.)
I guess it comes down to taste and preference. Electronic music, for example, will be served much better by the 10s -even compared to the Gold line, that doesn't have a speaker this big. On the other hand, there's many people out there who don't care for deep bass, and prefer a little bit more sparkle or midrange forwardness, so they will naturally go for the 8s, or a Gold 300 if they can afford it.
There is a reviewer on Soundstage who uses the Silver 10s as his reference speakers. That alone shows how big of a bargain they are.