Originally Posted by thirdeye11
I worry that I may not like the sound of Salk's when people make statements like these. The 802's are quite a bit more mellow than the 700 and especially the 600 series. Have you heard the entire B&W lineup? I would hope so when you make blanket statements like this.
I've always been a fan of Boston, B&W, and other brands that some consider "bright". So are the Salks really so mellow that they're not detailed?
I'd love to hear additional comment on this as well.
There is no detail loss with the Salk's, but they aren't ear bleeding bright like some Kipsch speakers or the B&W 7 series. Everything is very natural sounding; very airy and detailed without being fatiguing. Its perfect to my ears, but YMMV.
Originally Posted by thirdeye11
I've put a deposit down on ST's rather than HT3's so I'd like to hear some comments as to their sound signature as compared to Boston Acoustics, Paradigm, B&W, and other brands with similar sound signatures. These are not the ONLY brands I've ever liked, but I know for sure that I do like these brands. I know some consider their sound "bright" and I wouldn't mind taking that down a notch but I'd hate to lose detail in the process. I have read other comments from people here, and no one has described the sound as not being detailed so it is concerning when ctivggen says the sound is "mellow". I loathe a sound like Dynaudio where you just can't get much of the details because it sounds like someone put a thick piece of cloth over the tweeter.
These are just my opinions, but if it helps - cool.
In comparison to the Boston's - The midrange was much cleaner and more detailed on the Salk's, as well as the high frequencies. On the Boston's (VR3's or 2's), I felt as if someone had a blanket over the speakers and it was seriously effecting the midrange detail and high frequency extension. The midrange lacked clarity and depth, and the high's seemed to just stop at a certain frequency rather than extending beyond.
In comparison to the B&W's, all but the 802's make me cringe. Granted, I've never heard the 800's, though. To my ears, the 600's are just fat and bloated sounding with no midrange detail. The 700 series give me listener fatigue due to the shrill treble and midrange suckout. The 802's are actually a decent speaker, but when speakers costing far less (I mean a LOT less - more than half) sound as good or better, I just cannot justify supporting B&W. I do like their look, though. The 802's have a sweet midrange and image like a son of a gun, but something still urks me about the tweeter. I haven't quite figured it out yet, but sometimes it "rings" a little, for lack of a better word. It may have been the listening environment, but how knows.
The Song Tower's, while costing many times less than the 802's, have a very
competitive midrange. And while it may not have the same imaging abilities of the 802's, it's very close. And yes, this is just the Song Tower's I am speaking of (not the HT3's, of which I've never heard); the midrange is that good. Of course, the 802's dig deeper in the bass department and have a more impactful midbass, but that's to be expected due to the amount of air they push.Disclaimer
: I am not a fanboy! A fanboy is someone who supports a brand even if their products are poor, for whatever reasons they feel necessary, whether they just like that company or have friends who work at that company. Whatever your definition is, a fanboy I am not. I am, however, a fan of quality
products. I will always support, praise and recommend a product I feel is a worthy piece of equipment. And let me tell you, the Song Tower's are among the best speakers I've heard. I completely understand why their price is going up a bit. When I originally heard how much they cost per pair, my jaw dropped. If I had the money, I would have order a pair or two right then and there (wish I had had the money). I'd pay twice the price for them, because to me, they are a rarity in this business. And sure, all things are subjective, so please, go out and subject yourself to these speakers. They simply rock!
With that said, you may think I am bias, and that's cool. However, I've listened to dozens of speakers, and I keep notes on all of them. And the Song Tower's remain in the top 3 speakers I've ever heard. And no, I don;t even own a pair, so really...I'm not bias at all.
Man...I really can't imagine how the HT3's sound! I need to get my ears on a pair! Just talking about them gets me excited!
Anyway, I hope that helps, Chad. YMMV.