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post #7201 of 9127
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Originally Posted by jima4a View Post

Edit: I believe the XPA-3 or 5 would work well for the other channels in a HT system. XPA-2 for L/R and XPA-3 (5.1) or XPA-5 (7.1) for example. Also feel Emotiva is great bang for the buck and a good company to work with.

Yup. I have the 1s on L/R, the 2 for center duty, and the 3 for surround (2 channels being used).
post #7202 of 9127
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Originally Posted by Milt99 View Post

I'll throw in my 2 cents on amp suggestions with ATI and Outlaw(made by ATI). Very solid and excellent value as is Emotiva.
BTW, I don't own ATI or Emotiva but have experience with them.

As far as your worries about room size, would you really put any of these speakers in a bedroom?
The only nutcase around here that does that is Warp.

+1 on ATI. Could get a 2002 or 2003 (200 wpc 2 or 3 channels) or even better the 3002 or 3003 (300 wpc versions). Would not consider these "bare bones" as requested but likely worth the upgrade. Edit: I certainly would not consider the XPA-1s "bare bones" either and again worth the upgrade.
post #7203 of 9127
Thread Starter 
The important thing here is that you get great speakers, Lou. The amp will pale in comparison to the speakers, so be sure to get the best you can afford. Then buy the amp based on which speakers you choose.
post #7204 of 9127
Grant wanted a pair of Veracity HT3's, an HT2C center channel and a 15" Salk/Rythmik subwoofer. He had seen a pair of HT3's we had done about 5 years ago with a very wild batch of ebony. Unfortunately, ebony like that is very rare and we haven't seen any since we built that particular pair of HT3's. So we launched a search to find some ebony that was at least close and found a particularly "wild" batch.

Here is a picture of the resulting HT3's...



And a close-up...



Here's a picture of the HT2C center channel...



And a picture of the 15" Rythmik sub - front view...



And from the rear...



Happy listening Grant!

- Jim
post #7205 of 9127
Ebony! Gorgeous speakers.
post #7206 of 9127
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Originally Posted by jsalk View Post

Grant wanted a pair of Veracity HT3's, an HT2C center channel and a 15" Salk/Rythmik subwoofer. He had seen a pair of HT3's we had done about 5 years ago with a very wild batch of ebony. Unfortunately, ebony like that is very rare and we haven't seen any since we built that particular pair of HT3's. So we launched a search to find some ebony that was at least close and found a particularly "wild" batch.

Here is a picture of the resulting HT3's...

And a close-up...

Here's a picture of the HT2C center channel...

And a picture of the 15" Rythmik sub - front view...

And from the rear...

Happy listening Grant!

- Jim

I might just intercept the FedEx truck. *Puts ski mask on*

Ebony is my favorite and these are STUNNING! Excellent choice, Grant! Excellent work Jim/team!!
post #7207 of 9127
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Originally Posted by jsalk on the MI GTG Thread View Post

Look no further than Rythmik. We have been building these for quite a while now and they are extremely musical, very low distortion and would mate extremely well with a SoundScape speaker.

- Jim

To be totally blunt and completely honest, the only sub I've looked at hard enough to price are your Rythmiks. In other words, they're the only subs on my list so far. How much would it cost for a piano black finish on a pair of those 15” with dual 15” passive subs?
post #7208 of 9127
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Originally Posted by nemir View Post

To be totally blunt and completely honest, the only sub I've looked at hard enough to price are your Rythmiks. In other words, they're the only subs on my list so far. How much would it cost for a piano black finish on a pair of those 15 with dual 15 passive subs?


Now those would be beasts of subs to have...

Pretty sure you'd be the first to get a 15" with Dual PR's... I have not seen them done by Jim, so I'd imagine there will be some design work to be done

Only seen them in the DIY area... I would email Jim directly on that, and please report back with what it would cost...
post #7209 of 9127
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Originally Posted by Monkish54 View Post

The Crown XLS amps are very good and not very expensive.

Yeah, the Harman Crown XLS1500 is only $350 shipped: 300wpc x 2ch 8ohm RMS/ 525wpc x 2ch 4ohm/ 775wpc x 2ch 2ohm/ 3 yr warranty/ 10 lbs.

If you don't mind the aesthetics or able to keep them out of site.
post #7210 of 9127
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Originally Posted by Warpdrv View Post

Now those would be beasts of subs to have...

Pretty sure you'd be the first to get a 15" with Dual PR's... I have not seen them done by Jim, so I'd imagine there will be some design work to be done

Only seen them in the DIY area... I would email Jim directly on that, and please report back with what it would cost...

We worked with Rythmik to develop this design for a customer. We were probably the first to do it and have only done one to date. Unfortunately, I do not have pictures.

The thing to keep in mind is that the major difference between this and a sealed version without passives is that you will have more headroom with the passives since the cabinet is tuned lower. The servo circuitry will force a sealed sub to play just about as low, but it will take more power. So the main advantage is that you will have more power in reserve with passive radiators. Of course, with their 600 watt plate amp, you may not need the extra power anyway.

- Jim

PS: Forgot to address questions about price. A sealed 15" Rythmik in a standard finish is currently $1495 and a version with dual 15" passives in a standard finish is $1895.
post #7211 of 9127
Jim, that ebony veneer is nothing short of stunning; especially the sub.
post #7212 of 9127
OK. Not sure if I should be introducing myself here but I recently purchased the walnut HT2-TLs from the available now section on the Salk page.

I'm not sure what happen in a week of not needing speakers - to being interested in some monitor audio silver 6's- then discovering Salk's and finding song towers - then to ribbon tweeter- then to supercharged - then to available now ht2-tls.... ALL in less than a week. And against the popular advice of listening to as many different speakers as possible, I just went for it, blindly. I listen to NONE. Now that they are in transit, I'm doing the research I should of done before. From what I've read I can't imagine not loving them.

I quickly learned I may want to power them with something other than my 7 year old integra dtr8.4. Jim suggested just wait and run it for a while and see how I like it. Knowing myself I wont stop obsessing on how will they sound with more power. Now will it be just like the speakers, am I going to spend 3 times the original amount on a 2 channel amp? I guess no one knows that except for me.

Thanks to all before me that were patient, did the research, drove from place to place, auditioned and reviewed, and made it possible for others like me to make an decision based on facts and personal experience. Looking forward to sharing my experience and giving back.

Delivery should be tues

guf
post #7213 of 9127
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Originally Posted by jsalk View Post

The thing to keep in mind is that the major difference between this and a sealed version without passives is that you will have more headroom with the passives since the cabinet is tuned lower. The servo circuitry will force a sealed sub to play just about as low, but it will take more power. So the main advantage is that you will have more power in reserve with passive radiators. Of course, with their 600 watt plate amp, you may not need the extra power anyway.


Yes Jim, with more headroom for the PR units, but the tuning with the Passive Radiators will likely be quite a bit higher and the low end less effected/enhanced by room gain as the sealed units.

The sealed single 15" rolls off naturally with a -3db at 14hz from the graphs, and the 15" Passive Radiator will likely have to be tuned closer to 18hz with a very steep roll off, rather then the nice gentle sloping down of a sealed sub... But it will certainly get much louder but thankfully not suffer from port noise, which I am totally not a fan of....
post #7214 of 9127
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Originally Posted by guf View Post

OK. Not sure if I should be introducing myself here but I recently purchased the walnut HT2-TLs from the available now section on the Salk page.

I'm not sure what happen in a week of not needing speakers - to being interested in some monitor audio silver 6's- then discovering Salk's and finding song towers - then to ribbon tweeter- then to supercharged - then to available now ht2-tls.... ALL in less than a week. And against the popular advice of listening to as many different speakers as possible, I just went for it, blindly. I listen to NONE. Now that they are in transit, I'm doing the research I should of done before. From what I've read I can't imagine not loving them.

I quickly learned I may want to power them with something other than my 7 year old integra dtr8.4. Jim suggested just wait and run it for a while and see how I like it. Knowing myself I wont stop obsessing on how will they sound with more power. Now will it be just like the speakers, am I going to spend 3 times the original amount on a 2 channel amp? I guess no one knows that except for me.

Thanks to all before me that were patient, did the research, drove from place to place, auditioned and reviewed, and made it possible for others like me to make an decision based on facts and personal experience. Looking forward to sharing my experience and giving back.

Delivery should be tues

guf

Fret not sir! You've made one of the best decisions you could make regarding audio. I took the same leap of faith on my HT2-TL's, and 3 years later I can't find a speaker I'd rather have. They are amazing, and you'll find that out next week Tuesday. Congrats on your purchase!

Jim's advise is sound, and you will do well to follow it. Just know that those speakers will step and play any quality piece you put in front of them. They deserve all you can offer, so take you time and pick as best you can.
post #7215 of 9127
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Originally Posted by guf View Post


I'm not sure what happen in a week of not needing speakers - to being interested in some monitor audio silver 6's- then discovering Salk's and finding song towers - then to ribbon tweeter- then to supercharged - then to available now ht2-tls.... ALL in less than a week.

guf


Welcome - you made a big mistake sir.....

Send them back for some Klipschs from best buy.....


OK J/K.... Congrats, and you are a very very lucky person to have come into this forum arena and learned about really good affordable high end audio without running through many many different brands of speakers like the rest of us OLD COOTS !!!!

Run the Integra for a while and see how they do sir.... I'll bet you'll be pleasantly surprised and how great they sound....


Ugh.... Terry I hate you.... you beat me to it.... LOL
post #7216 of 9127
BTW, those are some beauties guf.... Congrats !!


Looky what he got there boys....

post #7217 of 9127
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Originally Posted by guf View Post

OK. Not sure if I should be introducing myself here but I recently purchased the walnut HT2-TLs from the available now section on the Salk page.

I'm not sure what happen in a week of not needing speakers - to being interested in some monitor audio silver 6's- then discovering Salk's and finding song towers - then to ribbon tweeter- then to supercharged - then to available now ht2-tls.... ALL in less than a week. And against the popular advice of listening to as many different speakers as possible, I just went for it, blindly. I listen to NONE. Now that they are in transit, I'm doing the research I should of done before. From what I've read I can't imagine not loving them.

Congrats guf! I had an almost identical experience. In a 10 day span I went from "Hmm, maybe I should upgrade" to almost buying some Paradigms to making the downpayment on a 5.1 set of Salks. A driver shortage has delayed delivery, but as of yet I too have experienced no regret. Be sure to keep us posted.
post #7218 of 9127
Chris wanted a pair of SoundScape 8's in pau ferro rosewood. And while you can't see it, he also upgraded the crossover caps to Sonicaps.

Here are some pictures...



And a close-up...



Happy listening Chris!

- Jim
post #7219 of 9127
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Originally Posted by jsalk View Post

Chris wanted a pair of SoundScape 8's in pau ferro rosewood. And while you can't see it, he also upgraded the crossover caps to Sonicaps.

Here are some pictures...

And a close-up...

Happy listening Chris!

- Jim

You never cease to amaze!
post #7220 of 9127
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Originally Posted by AcuDefTechGuy View Post

If you don't mind the aesthetics or able to keep them out of site.

Aesthetics? That's what McIntosh Amps are for! Me, I'd rather pay 300 for an OK looking amp with great specs than 5-25K for an equally good but better looking amp. Those needles are sexy...but not 5K-25K sexy!
post #7221 of 9127
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by jsalk View Post

Grant wanted a pair of Veracity HT3's, an HT2C center channel and a 15" Salk/Rythmik subwoofer. He had seen a pair of HT3's we had done about 5 years ago with a very wild batch of ebony. Unfortunately, ebony like that is very rare and we haven't seen any since we built that particular pair of HT3's. So we launched a search to find some ebony that was at least close and found a particularly "wild" batch.

Here is a picture of the resulting HT3's...

Happy listening Grant!

- Jim

Absolutely stunning, of course. I recall seeing a SongSub in ebony when I was at the shop; wonder if that was Grant's. Congrats on another job well done, Jim, and welcome to the Salk family, Grant!

Quote:
Originally Posted by jsalk View Post

Chris wanted a pair of SoundScape 8's in pau ferro rosewood. And while you can't see it, he also upgraded the crossover caps to Sonicaps.

Happy listening Chris!

- Jim

Those are my future speakers in my future veneer! Congrats to Chris, and welcome to the Salk family!

Guf,

You made a fantastic choice buddy; the best one anywhere near that price range IMO. Welcome to the Salk family!
post #7222 of 9127
Those SS8's look amazing. I have the same on order. I live in New Zealand & was not possible to listen to them prior to ordering. The same is true for many other speakers here. I found them through these forums & took the plunge. I can't wait till they arrive.
post #7223 of 9127
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Originally Posted by jsalk View Post

Grant wanted a pair of Veracity HT3's, an HT2C center channel and a 15" Salk/Rythmik subwoofer. He had seen a pair of HT3's we had done about 5 years ago with a very wild batch of ebony. Unfortunately, ebony like that is very rare and we haven't seen any since we built that particular pair of HT3's. So we launched a search to find some ebony that was at least close and found a particularly "wild" batch.


Happy listening Grant!

- Jim

wow, another set of great speakers in beautiful finish. Envy those.
post #7224 of 9127
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Originally Posted by Warpdrv View Post

BTW, those are some beauties guf.... Congrats !!


Looky what he got there boys....


hmmmmppphhh....show off!!!!

Beautiful and very classy looking.. Congrats
post #7225 of 9127
I just put my standard STs with center on Audiogon. Same finish as a post above.
$1400 for towers + center.
You can PM me 4 details.

http://app.audiogon.com/listings/sal...t-curly-walnut
post #7226 of 9127
Wow! I wish I was near Chicago.

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Originally Posted by yveletnik View Post

I just put my standard STs with center on Audiogon. Same finish as a post above.
$1400 for towers + center.
You can PM me 4 details.

http://app.audiogon.com/listings/sal...t-curly-walnut
post #7227 of 9127
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by raylover79 View Post


wow, another set of great speakers in beautiful finish. Envy those.

You made the right choice, and I can't wait to hear your impressions! Congrats!
post #7228 of 9127
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Originally Posted by yveletnik View Post

I just put my standard STs with center on Audiogon. Same finish as a post above.
$1400 for towers + center.
You can PM me 4 details.

http://app.audiogon.com/listings/sal...t-curly-walnut

Man is that tempting. I think that going to redo my basement and I'm pretty much set on song towers. I'm just afraid that, if i get these, that I'd be jumping the gun and the finish may not go with the rest of the room. Or , even worse, that the project never gets off of the ground. But I'm really considering it!
post #7229 of 9127
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by hogues View Post


Man is that tempting. I think that going to redo my basement and I'm pretty much set on song towers. I'm just afraid that, if i get these, that I'd be jumping the gun and the finish may not go with the rest of the room. Or , even worse, that the project never gets off of the ground. But I'm really considering it!

You won't regret it.
post #7230 of 9127
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Originally Posted by Nuance View Post

You won't regret it.

I agree, do it, do it

You can stop by for a listen if you are in Chicago, can't play too loud though for too long, I got a 95 years old lady living upstairs that calls police every time I make a noise. I could probably get 1 loud song in before the police responds.
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