Well folks i did finally get to audition the Salk HT3's.
Remember the audition was really not for me, but rather for my buddy wanting to start his own "reference" 2-channel setup. But anywho, we made our way to a very nice gentlemans home. He was a great host! He had some awesome equipment i will say...
It consisted of HT3's as mains, HTC as center, and HT1's as surrounds.
It was being driven by processor: Denon AVP-A1HDCI and the amp: Denon POA-A1HDCI
here is a link for those unfamiliar with these new components... http://www.usa.denon.com/ProductDetails/AVReceivers.asp
He was also using dual JL F113 subs
First time i have actually seen these Denons in action. That amp was pretty darn good, but wow is it expensive...
Now for the good stuff. I wasnt aware he would have a full Salk surround setup, but it was a rather impressive sight to behold. Unfortunately i have no pictures to share since i would have felt awkward snapping pics of his place lol. oh well. The HT3's were about 9ft apart with a large 70" TV between them. Obviously not the best enviroment. The room was also very open.
We listened to several Demo CD's my buddy put together. It was a mix of everything from Counting Crows to Tracie Chapman to Dave Grusin to Mark Broussard. First thing i noticed was the incredibly tight bass of the HT3's. I acutally expected it to extend lower, but it could have been the room. It was tight and very very accurate. To me this was a more forward speaker. Although to be clear i am used to my Viennas which are a very laid back speaker. But my friend felt the same way (he currently has MA RS8's). The highs were so very very smoothe and detailed. Very much to my liking. The mids were also very exceptional, i dunno about the best i've heard but non-the-less very good. At low volumes these speakers just freakin excelled. Everything was so clear and still prominent. They continued to sound awesome as the volume was raised, but i felt like it became strained at really high volumes (92-98dbs very loud but obviously not normal listening levels). Im the type for easy listening and these are the perfect speaker in that realm. Dont get me wrong these guys definately would rock out, but i felt they excelled at the lower volumes which im more fond of.
We also did some HT tests. I think i was more impressed with the HT performance to be completely honest. But thats probably because i never expected it to be so spectacular in movie setting. With Dual JL F113's going and watching the Open Range gun fight scene i was literally left with my jaw dropped...One of the best experiences i have had in a HT setting...which is probably why im so impressed with this aspect lol.
Overall the HT3s are an incredible speaker set. Anyone to get these is a very lucky individual. These are absolutely beautiful in person. Would i buy them right now? honestly im pretty content with my Viennas, but these speakers did make up for the shortcomings of my speakers. My buddy had the same thoughts as i did. I think he still cant get over the first impression that the Wilson Sophias left on him...then again that was a $50,000+ setup...lol
Anyway thats the mash of my thoughts i've had. Im not the type to go into extreme detail and what not, but i still thought i would share my great experience.