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post #9031 of 9127
Wow. I don't think I'll be taking any more pictures of my home theater setup. Yours is about the most elegant I've seen. You also appear to have attended the right University. Of course, when I was there Lewis and Clark were still out West writing their journal.
post #9032 of 9127
True beauties. The wife has always been tolerant of my speaker fixation; but since I moved to Salk, she's actually enjoyed the appearance as well.
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post #9034 of 9127
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Originally Posted by ericmj View Post

Now back to listening.

And looking!

I think partly why Salks have a loyal following is due to their visual/artistic appeal -- which can be customized (really cool). Sure some audiophiles might be fine with a purely functional design, but if we are willing to spend $4k - $10k (on speakers alone), we tend to want/expect something that looks beautiful (if not simply impressive). This hobby seems to be a (personal) mix of hitting the auditory (sounds beautiful, great imaging...), intellectual (e.g. steep 4th order x-over, super flat response, 0.0001% THD), and visual pleasure centers. This probably applies to every component the audiophile is putting $$$ into including pres, amps, transports, DACs, and even cables(!). It becomes a personal engineering/art project that may never be "finished" except for those who finally find their nirvana or get off the ride.

Here's to the ride...
post #9035 of 9127
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Originally Posted by yyz67 View Post

I think partly why Salks have a loyal following is due to their visual/artistic appeal -- which can be customized (really cool). Sure some audiophiles might be fine with a purely functional design, but if we are willing to spend $4k - $10k (on speakers alone), we tend to want/expect something that looks beautiful (if not simply impressive). This hobby seems to be a (personal) mix of hitting the auditory (sounds beautiful, great imaging...), intellectual (e.g. steep 4th order x-over, super flat response, 0.0001% THD), and visual pleasure centers. This probably applies to every component the audiophile is putting $$$ into including pres, amps, transports, DACs, and even cables(!). It becomes a personal engineering/art project that may never be "finished" except for those who finally find their nirvana or get off the ride.
I've seen more impressive (the McIntosh XRT2k, for example: which is an imposing monolith of drivers).

The fact is that the Salks are the best I've ever *heard*. After more than a decade, I've lost the "wonder if those will sound better" and am now working to get the setups I want in the rooms I want via Salk. I still play with other things "just to see what they will sound like", or because the application doesn't justify the cost (my computer speakers are PSB), but I truly love the line.
post #9036 of 9127
What kind of center cabinet is that and where'd you get it from?
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Originally Posted by laulau View Post

^^^^
@ Nuance & Saturn94,

You've already seen most of these pics in my thread and gallery at AC from a couple of months ago, so this will be more of a rerun than some fresh porn, but since I never posted any pics here I figured I'd start things off. Hopefully others will post more pics to satisfy your addiction. biggrin.gif

The system consists of SongTowers and SongCenter with the RAAL ribbon tweeters; SongSurrounds I's with the Hiquphon tweeters.
The veneer is the standard Curly Walnut with a shot of dark walnut dye in the top coat.


The FEDEX truck arrives.



Front Tower.






The Front stage.


post #9037 of 9127
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Originally Posted by 91dx View Post

What kind of center cabinet is that and where'd you get it from?

The equipment cabinet is from Salamander Designs. It's a Synergy Twin 20 (design-your-own system) with perforated metal sides and black Saturn casters.
post #9038 of 9127
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Originally Posted by ericmj View Post

OK to get back on topic, I recently setup my new SS8s, SSC8, and Rythmik subs. They were done in burled pepperweood and spalted bees wing makore respectively. Since the audiocircle forum is down, I'll post the pics here. I didnt want the same veneer on all my speakers so I asked Jim for suggestions for the subs this is what we came up with. This is my initial setup, things are already sounding great. I'm very happy with the way the veneers came out. WAF through the roof. Apologies in advance for the iphone pics but these are the only ones I have right now. Jim's pictures of the SS8s are in his post on audiocircle.

Now back to listening.
-Eric
Wow Eric...just wow. Those are beautiful. I wonder if your wife would enjoy them as much as she does if you told her how much you actually spent. biggrin.gif
post #9039 of 9127
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Originally Posted by repete66211 View Post

Wow Eric...just wow. Those are beautiful. I wonder if your wife would enjoy them as much as she does if you told her how much you actually spent. biggrin.gif

She was actually played an integral role in the process. She and Eric visited the shop. She helped select the finishes and both of them attended RMAF together just after taking delivery. So I think she is on board!

- Jim
post #9040 of 9127
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Originally Posted by jsalk View Post

She was actually played an integral role in the process. She and Eric visited the shop. She helped select the finishes and both of them attended RMAF together just after taking delivery. So I think she is on board!

- Jim
Eric is a lucky guy. It's great to hear about positive spousal involvement. Of course I was kidding with my comment and was referencing a quote I saw recently on someone's signature that said something like, "When I die I hope my wife sells my speakers for what they're worth rather than what I told her I paid for them." Beautiful work as always Jim.

By the way, I'm still loving my 5.2 SC SongTower-based setup. I bought a new TV earlier in the year and I hired Jeff Meier with AccuCal calibrate it for me and optimize my audio setup--room measurements, manual calibration of channel level, EQ, etc. He couldn't say enough nice things about my speakers. Jeff deals with a lot of high end home theaters and professional studios so, feeling humble, I said I was going for a modest B+ setup. He said, "You're firmly in 'A' territory with those Salks." Ego stroked.

Thanks again and job well done!

Pete
post #9041 of 9127
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Originally Posted by repete66211 View Post

was referencing a quote I saw recently on someone's signature that said something like, "When I die I hope my wife sells my speakers for what they're worth rather than what I told her I paid for them."

LOL ! Too funny.
post #9042 of 9127
Just thought I'd post about a recent e-mail exchange I had with Jim. I recently moved into a new house and, at my old house, I used 2ft. tall nightstands to get my SongBird surrounds off the ground a bit. At my new place, my theater room is a bit smaller and so 2' is a bit too high, and putting them at ground level kind of makes them fire into your ears. I was about to go buy some wood and resign myself to losing a few digits in the creation of 1'x1'x1' 5 sided cubes to perch the SongBirds on. On a whim, I e-mailed Jim and asked if he'd make them, finish them to match my speakers and make them bolt-on replacements for the stock plinths. He said sure and quoted me a very reasonable price to do it. I can't even imagine another speaker manufacturer agreeing to custom build a matching accessory, 6 months after the sale and for a very reasonable price. I'm probably not done buying speakers but, I'm definitely done shopping brands.
post #9043 of 9127
i need to some speakers that sing to me.
i like the new Thiels but i am curious if i could find something better for the money.
anywhere to audition songtowers, veracity or soundscape speakers?
post #9044 of 9127
Check out the Salk forum at AudioCircle. Also, If you email Jim, he can possibly set you up with a nearby home audition.
post #9045 of 9127
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Originally Posted by dmsdms View Post

Just thought I'd post about a recent e-mail exchange I had with Jim. I recently moved into a new house and, at my old house, I used 2ft. tall nightstands to get my SongBird surrounds off the ground a bit. At my new place, my theater room is a bit smaller and so 2' is a bit too high, and putting them at ground level kind of makes them fire into your ears. I was about to go buy some wood and resign myself to losing a few digits in the creation of 1'x1'x1' 5 sided cubes to perch the SongBirds on. On a whim, I e-mailed Jim and asked if he'd make them, finish them to match my speakers and make them bolt-on replacements for the stock plinths. He said sure and quoted me a very reasonable price to do it. I can't even imagine another speaker manufacturer agreeing to custom build a matching accessory, 6 months after the sale and for a very reasonable price. I'm probably not done buying speakers but, I'm definitely done shopping brands.
Jim made my Song Surround stands as well. They're a simple MDF stand in black but they're the best speaker stands I've ever seen, furniture grade. They weren't cheap but for a custom design they were reasonably priced.
post #9046 of 9127
Getting closer to completion. I can't wait to see how the veneer looks. Do you think I should ask Jim for a teaser pic biggrin.gif
post #9047 of 9127
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Originally Posted by Lebreeze View Post

Getting closer to completion. I can't wait to see how the veneer looks. Do you think I should ask Jim for a teaser pic biggrin.gif

No, let him build speakers!!
post #9048 of 9127
Patience, patience. He'll probably send you a pic once they're finished.
post #9049 of 9127

"Sealer session 2" Lucky. I'm on "Sealer session 1"

 

I was going to ask him the same, but that's ok.

 

This hurts!

post #9050 of 9127
I don't think I can wait. Let the spam mail begin !!!!
post #9051 of 9127
You guys are lucky. When I ordered my Veracity STs, it was tax return season...mine took 3 months to build!

I agree that waiting sucks. I thought I'd crash Jim's server with as much as I was refreshing the status. When you do finally get them, it will have been be worth the wait!
post #9052 of 9127
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Originally Posted by robcentola View Post

"Sealer session 2" Lucky. I'm on "Sealer session 1"

I was going to ask him the same, but that's ok.

This hurts!


@robcentola & @Lebreeze,

Any news, should be getting pretty close?
post #9053 of 9127
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Originally Posted by laulau View Post

@robcentola & @Lebreeze,

Any news, should be getting pretty close?

I'm at stage 4. Getting real close smile.gif
post #9054 of 9127
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Originally Posted by laulau View Post


@robcentola & @Lebreeze,

Any news, should be getting pretty close?

Nope! Still at stage 3. Believe me, when they're done, the world will know! My neighbors will too!

post #9055 of 9127
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Originally Posted by dmsdms View Post

Just thought I'd post about a recent e-mail exchange I had with Jim. I recently moved into a new house and, at my old house, I used 2ft. tall nightstands to get my SongBird surrounds off the ground a bit. At my new place, my theater room is a bit smaller and so 2' is a bit too high, and putting them at ground level kind of makes them fire into your ears. I was about to go buy some wood and resign myself to losing a few digits in the creation of 1'x1'x1' 5 sided cubes to perch the SongBirds on. On a whim, I e-mailed Jim and asked if he'd make them, finish them to match my speakers and make them bolt-on replacements for the stock plinths. He said sure and quoted me a very reasonable price to do it. I can't even imagine another speaker manufacturer agreeing to custom build a matching accessory, 6 months after the sale and for a very reasonable price. I'm probably not done buying speakers but, I'm definitely done shopping brands.

Agreed. I have yet to hear any Salk product, but if mine are anywhere as good as what I think, or from what I've read, I will be more than pleased. If that's the case, coupled with the outstanding customer service, I am a loyal to Salk. He answers ALL of my emails in a remarkably timely mannar, even when I ask questions that are based on an irrational anxiety. Yes, the wait creates a stressful anxiety that promotes neurosis and he's been more than gracious. 

 

 Hell, I'm already thinking about my next upgrade from him.

post #9056 of 9127
Looking at buy some Salk bamboo song towers in the new year and was wondering if Salk would make a dual 15" Rythmik sub like an end table with the matching bamboo finish?, doesn't have to be made of bamboo but would want it to match the towers and center. If they do would I be paying a lot more over the $1895? Also passive means no amp right? How much does it cost to have a amp in there? Not ready to drop that $$$ down yet so don't want to bug them so thought I'd bug you guys instead. Also the sub would be mostly for home theater would that matter?
post #9057 of 9127
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Originally Posted by JustABrah View Post

Looking at buy some Salk bamboo song towers in the new year and was wondering if Salk would make a dual 15" Rythmik sub like an end table with the matching bamboo finish?, doesn't have to be made of bamboo but would want it to match the towers and center. If they do would I be paying a lot more over the $1895? Also passive means no amp right? How much does it cost to have a amp in there? Not ready to drop that $$$ down yet so don't want to bug them so thought I'd bug you guys instead. Also the sub would be mostly for home theater would that matter?

Call Jim. He'll be happy to answer any questions for you and will make recommendations based on your specific needs, rather than try to up-sell you. Seriously, he'll steer you in the right direction. I THINK it's like 300 bucks for the matching, but I'm not sure. He's great to work with and you wont regret it.

post #9058 of 9127
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Originally Posted by JustABrah View Post

Looking at buy some Salk bamboo song towers in the new year and was wondering if Salk would make a dual 15" Rythmik sub like an end table with the matching bamboo finish?, doesn't have to be made of bamboo but would want it to match the towers and center. If they do would I be paying a lot more over the $1895? Also passive means no amp right? How much does it cost to have a amp in there? Not ready to drop that $$$ down yet so don't want to bug them so thought I'd bug you guys instead. Also the sub would be mostly for home theater would that matter?

I would just build something like a pair of ported Dayton HO18's in a 6cuft cabinet tuned to 18hz or so as that would be a good step up from the Rythmik. You can get the two Dayton HO18's for $250 each and power both of them with a single Behringer iNuke6000dsp for under $500, or step down to the Behringer iNuke3000 for around $250. If you go with two HO18's and an iNuke3000, that comes to $750, (not including wood or binding post) and would be much much better than the Rythmik. You might ask Jim if he can use the HO18 and build a custom, matching enclosures to match your Bamboo SongTowers!
post #9059 of 9127
JustABrah: Do you guys think Salk could make me a _______?
Martycool007: It'd be much better if you built it yourself.
post #9060 of 9127
Do the Song tower use the raal 70-20 tweeter?
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