Ah...the resurrection of a fine thread.
Brandon, I know you wanted to come out to the Oregon GTG. It's a shame you couldn't. The speakers here were pretty decent, to say the least, and in abundance. I think a brief note of my thoughts as a result of that event would be worth throwing out in this thread. My review (detailed in a few other places) is loaded with superlatives, which I try to avoid when discussing audio equipment because so much of the auditory process is subjective and personal. So do what you will with my opinion.
I was absolutely, without hesitation, convinced that there was not a "perfect loudspeaker", either in philosophical terms, or in practical terms as it related to my personal preferences. Better? Worse? Yes...but nothing "perfect". ..... Until I heard the SalkSound HT4's (driven by AVAHifi gear)! And I am not alone in my experience. Many others who attended the GTG offered similar reactions to the setup. From the lowest pipe organ note to the twinkle of bells and on to infinity, the HT4's delivered nothing but unfettered, completely natural music. They added nothing. They subtracted nothing. All of us (some VERY critical listeners) heard nothing but the artist, and in intimate but perfect detail.
There were some awesome speakers at the event. And it should be noted that there was little to no blind A/B switching for comparative purposes. There were far too many people and speakers present to accomplish that. (Although apres
event, the organizers and some sponsors were able to kick back and do a little equipment switching.) That said, my heart of hearts now knows that there truly is a perfect speaker out there for me. I will never be satisfied with anything less. My Aerials bow deeply to the presentation provided by Jim's latest creation.
Unfortunately, those HT4's require a LOT of pepsi can saving. I have a small collection started.....