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post #8011 of 9127
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Originally Posted by Pat315 View Post

I'm interested in the ST is there any speaker u can compare them to? I currently listen to magnapan's MG|| and recently auditioned a pair of Paradigms studio 60.

Ok you asked for it.
So rather than give you answers, I'm offering questions. Sorry.
What's your budget?
Is the ST standard as much as you want to spend?
What is upstream from the speakers?
Source, pre-amp, amp, integrated, receiver?

How particular are you about sound?
The ST's are radically different from Magnepans as are most cone driver-based speakers.
How did you like the Paradigms?
They're nice speakers.

In all honesty I've never heard the STs. I own HT-2s.
D'Appolitos are very dynamic and the STs have the addition of a TL cabinet for better bass response.
If at all possible, listen to some more speakers and really define what is important to you.

Your open-ended compare question is a tough one.
I view sound systems as just that, systems.
It can be hard to isolate one component's quality without taking the rest of the system into consideration.

I believe Salk has a 30 day return policy, order up and see how you like them in your home.
A lot people are not comfortable with this arrangement but it really makes a lot of sense.
post #8012 of 9127
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Originally Posted by Pat315 View Post

I'm interested in the ST is there any speaker u can compare them to? I currently listen to magnapan's MG|| and recently auditioned a pair of Paradigms studio 60.

I had paradigm studio 10s, then bought supercharged songtowers. No comparison. The 10s although good can't hold up to the salks. I've heard the 60s as well. All of the studio line are very good speakers, they just aren't special speakers. The Salks are special speakers. In particular the midrange clarity will blow you away. They are probably a tad more forward than the studios but not overly so.
post #8013 of 9127
The are ST is the most I want to spend around the 2000 mark. I'm currently running aRX-773 Yamaha with a nakamichi as a external amp to run the Maggie. Sq is also very important to me and ht is also important. I liked the paradigms was I blown away no. I guess your right I have to audition more speakers but in my area I'm somewhat limited.
post #8014 of 9127
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Originally Posted by Pat315 View Post

The are ST is the most I want to spend around the 2000 mark. I'm currently running aRX-773 Yamaha with a nakamichi as a external amp to run the Maggie. Sq is also very important to me and ht is also important. I liked the paradigms was I blown away no. I guess your right I have to audition more speakers but in my area I'm somewhat limited.

Auditioning is key as it helps determine what "sound" you like. As to what "sound" Salk has, it's neutral - not bright and not laid back. For $2000 I'd personally purchase no other speaker over the SongTower's, but Revel and Kef provide decent alternatives. Are they better? I don't think so, but only you can determine that. If you're ordering SongTower's in a standard finish the 30-day trial period applies, so you could always order a pair and then compare them to others in your own home. Win win.
post #8015 of 9127
Thanks for your help I wish I could hear the revel or the kef no dealers in my area might just have take my chances with the ST.
post #8016 of 9127
I sympathize, auditioning certain speakers can be tough.
I live in a large metro area(Seattle) and I had a hard time auditioning speakers recently.
Oh, there are places that carry speakers just not the ones I wanted to hear.

I'm fairly confident you'll like the STs but the key is compared to what?

On the one hand you will be able to compare to your Magnepans, right?
post #8017 of 9127
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Originally Posted by Pat315 View Post

Thanks for your help I wish I could hear the revel or the kef no dealers in my area might just have take my chances with the ST.


I'll tell you what Jim told me when I ordered my SCST.
[Paraphrasing] If you don't like the sq of these speakers then be prepared to get your check book out. Because to get something that has any kind of noticeable improvement you'll have to spend double what these cost.
With Jim's speakers you're getting great bang for your buck IMO. But if, for some reason, you're not happy you can always send them back.
post #8018 of 9127
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Originally Posted by Pat315 View Post

Thanks for your help I wish I could hear the revel or the kef no dealers in my area might just have take my chances with the ST.

I'd do just that then; I'll think you'll be glad you did. Do let us know what you end up deciding.
post #8019 of 9127
It's like getting married without the test drive.
post #8020 of 9127
FYI......

http://www.audiocircle.com/index.php?topic=113149.0
post #8021 of 9127
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Originally Posted by Saturn94 View Post

FYI......

http://www.audiocircle.com/index.php?topic=113149.0
Sorry to lose you as a Salk owner bud.
post #8022 of 9127
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Originally Posted by Nuance View Post

Sorry to lose you as a Salk owner bud.


You didn't lose me yet. That was a bad analogy speaker can be returned
post #8023 of 9127
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Originally Posted by Pat315 View Post




You didn't lose me yet. That was a bad analogy speaker can be returned
Huh? I'm confused. I thought those were Saturn's? I need coffee...
post #8024 of 9127
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Originally Posted by Nuance View Post

Huh? I'm confused. I thought those were Saturn's? I need coffee...

Yes, Saturn is selling his and Pat was responding to his previous post.

Yes, Nuance you need some coffee! biggrin.gif
Edited by charmerci - 1/12/13 at 8:20am
post #8025 of 9127
would you guys recommend using Salks as LCR for a dedicated home theater?

If so, which speakers would you recommend?
post #8026 of 9127
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Originally Posted by ernest787 View Post

would you guys recommend using Salks as LCR for a dedicated home theater?

If so, which speakers would you recommend?
That would depend on your budget and your volume needs.

In my house: the SCSTs have worked very well for HT use. You can have a center-channel built, or a third tower depending on your preference.
You might, in that case, do just as well for a little less money and get the ST-RT. Though there may be some mid improvement in the SCST, the big advantage is extension; which is less needed with a sub.

I think the speakers above that but below the SS8 mostly give you LF extension, or SPL. So if you are unhappy with one of those, there are available. I think the next major step for audio quality would be the SS8 which introduces a terrific mid-range driver.
post #8027 of 9127
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Originally Posted by Nuance View Post

Sorry to lose you as a Salk owner bud.

Thanks Nuance. Until they are sold, I'm still an official member. wink.gif After then perhaps someone will adopt me so I can still hang around here. smile.gifsmile.gifsmile.gif
post #8028 of 9127
What are you replacing them with?
post #8029 of 9127
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Originally Posted by mrlittlejeans View Post

What are you replacing them with?

Not replacing, per se; raising needed funds. My Soundfield Audio M1s will be used until circumstances change.
post #8030 of 9127
I'm not sure if anyone in this forum might be interested, but I'm "considering" selling my black satin Salk Songtowers with the LCY ribbon tweeter to move up to the HT2-TL's. This pair was born in January of 2010 and include the custom machined aluminum baffles shown in Nuance's photos of his speakers. (Definitely a cool look IMHO and I wish the RAAL version of the speakers continued to offer it.) Have the original shipping materials, but frankly I would prefer not to ship just to save on costs and possible damage to the speakers in transit. Live in Columbus, OH and would be willing to meet a buyer up to a 3 hour drive from my home. Would be asking $1,800 for the pair.
post #8031 of 9127
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Originally Posted by Milt99 View Post

I sympathize, auditioning certain speakers can be tough.
I live in a large metro area(Seattle) and I had a hard time auditioning speakers recently.
Oh, there are places that carry speakers just not the ones I wanted to hear.

Where in Seattle did you go?
post #8032 of 9127
Finally found a decent camera and wanted to post a few pics of my SCSTs. This is curly cherry with black dye and darkened edges. It's also darkened around the drivers. The three pictures are bright natural light, medium natural light and fairly dim light. They go from a really shiny and detailed wood finish to essentially gloss black depending on the light. (Pardon the dust...)



post #8033 of 9127
Very nice.
post #8034 of 9127
yes, I think they are sharp too. Do you mind if I ask how much more $, this type of finish costs? Since it's the natural curly cherry, I assume the wood cost falls into the standard finishs, but not sure how much work is involved to do this type offinish? Also how did you get the idea for this colring?
post #8035 of 9127
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Originally Posted by Phil Tomaskovic View Post

yes, I think they are sharp too. Do you mind if I ask how much more $, this type of finish costs? Since it's the natural curly cherry, I assume the wood cost falls into the standard finishs, but not sure how much work is involved to do this type offinish? Also how did you get the idea for this colring?

It's actually just a standard finish. There is one similar on the SongTower Gallery page and it caught my eye so I wanted something similar. I like them so much I actually just ordered a matching Salk/Rythmik 15" sub.
post #8036 of 9127
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Originally Posted by dmsdms View Post

It's actually just a standard finish. There is one similar on the SongTower Gallery page and it caught my eye so I wanted something similar. I like them so much I actually just ordered a matching Salk/Rythmik 15" sub.

Well it looks fantastic! You have good taste.
post #8037 of 9127
Surprised to see a Salk on eBay.
post #8038 of 9127
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Pat315 View Post

Surprised to see a Salk on eBay.
Why? eBay is a great place to sell things. smile.gif
post #8039 of 9127
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Originally Posted by Nuance View Post

Why? eBay is a great place to sell things. smile.gif
This is true, don't know what I was thinking. I just never seen Salk speakers on eBay
post #8040 of 9127
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Originally Posted by Nuance View Post

Why? eBay is a great place to sell things. smile.gif
Because Jim will help you sell to people already hunting new Salk's. I would suspect that the money you could get would be higher (and the cost of trying is nill).

Sill: if you can't sell that way; ebay is worth a shot.
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