I am thankful for the internet, too. Without it, and this forum (and a couple of others) I would have never heard of Jim Salk. Nor would I have heard about or taken the time to listen to so many other speakers. The whole process of selecting a speaker has changed because there is so much information and so many unbiased opinions available. I started my search by buying some HT magazines and reading through them and they gave me a general idea of what was out there. Funny thing happened though, I saw some advertisements for Def-Tech ST's and thought they might be cool. I read some rave reviews in those magazines about them, but the only place I could actually hear them was on the crowded and noisy floor of my local Best Buy. As I learned more about what else was out there, I very quickly forgot about the Def-Tech's, and still have never given them a proper audition, but I don't care. I know that I am not missing all that much. They are a "big business" speaker, spending a lot of money on those slick ad's that I saw. I will go out of my way to support small businesses, and I really dread a future where everything is big business and homogenized, and nothing has any personality anymore. I would rather pay a couple of cents more at a "mom & pop," and deal direct with the shop owner than some pimply faced teenager who could care less about taking care of their customers. I am so glad that I found out about Salk Sound and Jim and Dennis. They have impressed me, as human beings (even though I have never met them in person) and they have created a fantastic product. Jim could easily sell his speakers for more money, but he seems to be more interested in producing a superior product than making a huge profit. The fact that you can customize your speakers by choosing your own veneer, among other things, makes them an ideal choice, for me (apparently, for many other people as well). And the fact that they look and sound amazing (way better than the similarly priced competition) makes them a no brainer. It is obvious to me that Jim and Dennis enjoy what they do, and I hope that they continue to enjoy it for many years to come. Thank you Jim, and thank you Dennis, I am looking forward to the day when my HT3's are complete and arrive at their new home.
-and thanks Brandon (Nuance) for putting the SongTowers on my radar. Without your thread I wouldn't have sought out an audition of them, and they led me to my perfect speaker.