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On my setup I have an Onkyo 885 with my Salk HT2's and Center channel. I just added an Emotiva USP-1 preamp for 2 channel listening. I have my Emotiva ERC-1 cd player, OPPO BD-83 2 channel outputs, and my turntable connected to the USP-1 . I am very pleased , the 2 channel sound is so much better. I can hear details on my cd's and lp's that I could not hear before. A dedicated pre- amp for 2 channel making it all analog to the speakers make them sound better then just with a home theater setup. The USP-1 has a HT bypass mode and it works as advertised. I believe anyone's Salk speakers would sound better to them with a true analog path to the speakers. So anyone considering adding a 2 channel pre-amp to their setup go a head and do it, you will like the results.

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I just ordered the song towers, center and r1 rears, looking at options to drive them, thinking of nad 775 hd or onkyo 5007, budget is between 2000 and 2500, looking for advise, thanks
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panzer, congrats on your purchase.
What are r1 rears?

 

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I was refering to song seires 1 bookshelf, sorry about type o.
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Is using a moderately priced receiver for movies and a 2-channel amp and preamp with HT bypass for music out of the question? It is all doable within your budget, but its not a route everyone wants to take, which is why I ask.

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I'm thinking about replacing my old in-ceiling surrounds and rears with the HTS MTM speakers. I currently have Magneplanar 1.6's for L/R/C and Magnepan doesn't have anything I can use. I thought it might be good to stay with ribbons.

I've been emailing back and forth with Jim Salk and he suggested the HTS were my best bet, for my budget. My question is though, has anyone here mounted these in-ceiling, how did you do it and how do they sound for movies and music?

I have a couple ideas on how I would mount them but I figured I would check for better ideas.

On a side note, Jim has been great and very responsive. I sometimes worry about buying ID but my amps came from Odyssey and the owner was the same way. I've had those amps six years and never had a problem with them.

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Guys, i just received my ST and need some help.

I am trying to install the base to the tower cabinet. However, i notice the screws provided are almost 3 inches! It is longer than the depth of the base as well as the 1/4" mdf at the bottom of the cabinet. Do i really screw all the way in to install the base? If i do that, the screw will go beyond the MDF board and hit into the ST cabinet itself.

Also, I noticed the holes on the MDF board looks slightly smaller than the size of the screw.
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Guys, i just received my ST and need some help.

I am trying to install the base to the tower cabinet. However, i notice the screws provided are almost 3 inches! It is longer than the depth of the base as well as the 1/4" mdf at the bottom of the cabinet. Do i really screw all the way in to install the base? If i do that, the screw will go beyond the MDF board and hit into the ST cabinet itself.

Also, I noticed the holes on the MDF board looks slightly smaller than the size of the screw.

Don't worry about it. The bottom on the cabinet is at least 3/4" if not a double layer of MDF which would make it 1 1/2" thick, plus the 1 1/2" thick (or more) plinth... no worries. As long as they are the screws that Jim supplied you with you will be fine. The hole in the cabinet needs to be small enough to catch the threads of the screw...

attach and enjoy.

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Hehe okie! Will do it later
Only managed to hook up the center speaker last night
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Guys, i just received my ST and need some help.

I am trying to install the base to the tower cabinet. However, i notice the screws provided are almost 3 inches! It is longer than the depth of the base as well as the 1/4" mdf at the bottom of the cabinet. Do i really screw all the way in to install the base? If i do that, the screw will go beyond the MDF board and hit into the ST cabinet itself.

Also, I noticed the holes on the MDF board looks slightly smaller than the size of the screw.

I just received mine last week and I can assure you that those are the proper length for the STs. Wind'em in, set'em up and enjoy!
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I just received mine last week and I can assure you that those are the proper length for the STs. Wind'em in, set'em up and enjoy!

Roger!!
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Can you run Song Towers on a 100watt Receiver?
The specs say 4 ohms?

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Can you run Song Towers on a 100watt Receiver?
The specs say 4 ohms?

I'm running mine on an Onkyo 707 without any issues, other than great sound!
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Can you run Song Towers on a 100watt Receiver?
The specs say 4 ohms?

Yes and yes. There are better alternatives, but it will definitely work and sound very good.
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Yes and yes. There are better alternatives, but it will definitely work and sound very good.

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On my setup I have an Onkyo 885 with my Salk HT2's and Center channel. I just added an Emotiva USP-1 preamp for 2 channel listening.

Thomas,

I have the 886 (885 previously) and have a Parasound 2100 preamp. I feel the 886 does quite well with 2 CH analog but the 2100 is better IMO.

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I have my Emotiva ERC-1 cd player, OPPO BD-83 2 channel outputs, and my turntable connected to the USP-1 .

What are your thoughts of the ERC-1 when compared to the BDP-83 for 2 CH analog SQ? I have looked at the ERC-1 but my Consonance CD-120 will do for now.

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I am very pleased , the 2 channel sound is so much better. I can hear details on my cd's and lp's that I could not hear before. A dedicated pre- amp for 2 channel making it all analog to the speakers make them sound better then just with a home theater setup.

I agree 100% that a prepro like the 885/886 that is not known for its analog section that by adding a quality preamp with HT Bypass is the way to go. I see some here spend big money on prepros to get better 2 CH analog SQ when they could spend much less. But as with anything in life to each his own.

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The USP-1 has a HT bypass mode and it works as advertised. I believe anyone's Salk speakers would sound better to them with a true analog path to the speakers. So anyone considering adding a 2 channel pre-amp to their setup go a head and do it, you will like the results.

The USP-1 is a great preamp at an excellent price. I had one for awhile but decided the features of the 2100 were more to my liking. You can not go wrong with either one IMO.

Although I am very happy with my Sierra-1s I would love to own a pair of Song Towers someday. Then I could be an official member of the Salk owners group. The one thing that Salk and Ascend have in common besides making excellent speakers is their incredible service.

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Although I am very happy with my Sierra-1s I would love to own a pair of Song Towers someday. Then I could be an official member of the Salk owners group. The one thing that Salk and Ascend have in common besides making excellent speakers is their incredible service.

Bill

Bill,
We'd welcome you to the group! You're right about Jim and Dave, both offer excellent products and excellent service. I owned Sierra 1's before I bought my SongTowers, and I can't say enough about Dave. He was great to deal with (and at the time he had more pressing personal issues on his mind, but he made sure I was taken care of.) Jim will answer all of your questions patiently (no matter how incessant they may be!) and makes sure you are a happy customer. Both companies have excellent reputations due to their products and service, and it stems right from the top for both. They are first class gentlemen.

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Bill,
We'd welcome you to the group! You're right about Jim and Dave, both offer excellent products and excellent service. I owned Sierra 1's before I bought my SongTowers, and I can't say enough about Dave. He was great to deal with (and at the time he had more pressing personal issues on his mind, but he made sure I was taken care of.) Jim will answer all of your questions patiently (no matter how incessant they may be!) and makes sure you are a happy customer. Both companies have excellent reputations due to their products and service, and it stems right from the top for both. They are first class gentlemen.

John

John,

Thanks! Its only a matter of time but I'm sure I will someday have Salk speakers in my system. I did share a few e-mails with Jim last year when I was looking at the Song Towers. He was very patient answering all my questions and responded very quickly as well. As a matter of fact I have never heard one negative word when it comes to Salk and Ascend service as well as their speakers. That is very rare these days and the sign of very well run companies.

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We look forward to having you join the Salk family, Bill.

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I rececently ordererd the song towers in 5 speaker setup, I am considering the matching sub, but I can't find any feedback on it, looking for opinions from other salk owners, thanks
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I rececently ordererd the song towers in 5 speaker setup, I am considering the matching sub, but I can't find any feedback on it, looking for opinions from other salk owners, thanks

http://www.audiocircle.com/index.php?topic=75195.0
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adding a sub to my song tower order, I am kind of torn between ordering the salk sub or having Jim match the finish of my song towers to a rythmic f15 se sub, any thoughts ? thanks
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adding a sub to my song tower order, I am kind of torn between ordering the salk sub or having Jim match the finish of my song towers to a rythmic f15 se sub, any thoughts ? thanks

The Song Tower goes pretty low for music. Why not let him make you something with more impact for Home Theater?
He uses passive radiators I believe in the song sub for better effects.

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Any HT2 TL owners in the greater Dallas area willing to let someone audition them? I'm basically looking to redo the whole system (the only things staying will be a Rotel 1055 CD player and a Yamaha RXV2700, and maybe an old B&K ST140 for rear power). I went and listened to some Paradigm Studio 40's, and they were kind of fatiguing on the highs. Been searching around, and people say the closest sound to the Salks (at a B&M store) is the Paradigm signature S2's, so I may go back and take a listen to those and see if they are more to my liking if there's no one in Dallas.
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Any HT2 TL owners in the greater Dallas area willing to let someone audition them? I'm basically looking to redo the whole system (the only things staying will be a Rotel 1055 CD player and a Yamaha RXV2700, and maybe an old B&K ST140 for rear power). I went and listened to some Paradigm Studio 40's, and they were kind of fatiguing on the highs. Been searching around, and people say the closest sound to the Salks (at a B&M store) is the Paradigm signature S2's, so I may go back and take a listen to those and see if they are more to my liking if there's no one in Dallas.

The only one I know that may have them in/around Dallasis bzaggie. His name is Bryce, shoot him a PM.

If you want to listen to some ST's with dome tweeter, I'd be happy to let you listen.

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The only one I know that may have them in/around Dallasis bzaggie. His name is Bryce, shoot him a PM.

If you want to listen to some ST's with dome tweeter, I'd be happy to let you listen.

Cheers,
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Thanks - I thought he was back down in College Station tho. I was able to find someone who has a pair of HT2's (nonTL) up north of dallas, so I will be heading there tomorrow (today? it's late!) for a listen. From my understanding, the TL's will have a bit better bass response, but the remainder will be the same.
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Thanks - I thought he was back down in College Station tho. I was able to find someone who has a pair of HT2's (nonTL) up north of dallas, so I will be heading there tomorrow (today? it's late!) for a listen. From my understanding, the TL's will have a bit better bass response, but the remainder will be the same.

And that's entirely possible he's back down in College Station. I wasn't sure if he was taking his speakers with him or not. Thought I'd offer the suggestion though.

Glad you found some TL's. Wish I could come along to the audition with you! Let us know how you like them.

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PS - I believe the main (and possibly only) difference between the HT2 and HT2 TL is indeed bass response yes.
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Thanks - I thought he was back down in College Station tho. I was able to find someone who has a pair of HT2's (nonTL) up north of dallas, so I will be heading there tomorrow (today? it's late!) for a listen. From my understanding, the TL's will have a bit better bass response, but the remainder will be the same.

I am currently in college station, Im always going back and forth to dallas however. Ill actually be there for a few hours tomorrow for something work related. I would not be opposed to bringing them up for a demo some weekend. Maybe we could do a little dallas Salk owners comparison party . Or if you are headed to south anytime you are more than welcome to come and demo them, I'm about 2.5 hours from dallas.
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Looks like Salk just released a smaller TL design of the SongTower called the SongBird. Check it out:

http://www.salksound.com/speakers_so...gbirdqwt.shtml

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