Originally Posted by yelnatsch517
Now is that due to the HT2-TL or your incredible setup that you specifically pieced together to achieve just this quality? How did the other speakers fare with this song?
Again, I do not believe I tweaked my setup to suit my Salk speakers. What I've found and learned over the last two years is that the Salk's can show you everything your front end electronics are giving you. Every time I "upgraded" something, the sound changed. This happens even down to interconnects and speaker wires. But none of these things really came down to tone as I've experienced in the past. Now it's clarity and definition.
I can't speak for anyone else at the GTG, but I did not detect any tonality issues from any of the other speakers. It really came down to clarity of presentation; at least it did for me. I personally don't think any of the speakers suffered from my front end electronics.
So here is my honest take on what I heard ranked in order of preference:
1. Salk HT2-TL: The overall presentation was very accurate. The entire audio spectrum sounded great from the subs up. The midrange was very transparent and the treble displayed great detail and reality with no detectable anomalies.
2. Salk SongTower RT: A very close second displaying nearly the same attributes of the HT2-TL. There did seem to be a little less midrange transparency, but it seemed to be on the lower end. I may have been one of the only ones to detect it as I'm the only one familiar with my HT2-TL's. I think Nuance heard something there too, but I'm not certain. The treble sounded identical and the Salk sound was easily identifiable. Absolutely fantastic speakers for the money.
Tie for 3rd. Ascend Towers: To be honest, I think this could be a fantastic speaker if Dave Fabrikant would ditch the tweeter. I could never live with it. For me, it's not a preference thing, it's just wrong. There were tracks that I easily detected a distortion of sorts. It sounds to me like the tweeter is crossed too low and caused the tweeter to break up. I heard obvious false tones in "Rubina" by Joe Satriani and "Dream On" by Kelly Sweet. It takes the speaker a long way from transparent and realist sounding. I have a hard time listening to the rest of the speaker because of this. The tweeter also lacks extension causing the speaker to lose any bit of airy sound. The speaker can throw some tones right in your face. I'll also mention that the bass is impressive when running full-range as we did at the last GTG, but it seemed stressed or compressed in some way. It was as if the speaker was playing at it's limits...maybe it was... I personally think Ascend is close to making a truely fantastic speaker, Dave just has to find a better tweeter.
Tie for 3rd. Paradigm Signature 8: The Sig's use one of the best sounding dome tweeters I've heard. I've heard these speakers at extreme volume levels, and it amazes me how well they maintain their composure. This is something the Salk's will never do. The weakness of this speaker was the midrange. There was a lack of transparency. I could hear a midrange speaker was playing. The tonality was different with these speakers and that was mostly due to the midrange.
There are always compromises taken with speakers. It is my opinion that the Salk's just seem to get most things right.
It's very hard for me to believe it's a preference thing between the speakers we heard. To me, it's what sounds more realistic in presentation and has the least amount of anomalies. In that case, the Salk's are the easy winners.