Posted this review over on AC, but thought I would also paste it here.
So I've had these Selah Prestigio for about a week now. I haven't done as much listening as I'd like, but these are awesome speakers and a tremendous value compared to the stuff I have heard in B&M audio shops. I don't consider myself an audiophile at all, but I appreciate good sound and tend to get "stuck" on negative acoustic attributes in speakers. My current system includes a pair of Emotiva UPA-1 amps, a Parasound 2100 pre(feeding high-pass [>80hz] to UPA-1's), Emotiva XDA-2 D/A, dual Epik Empire subs, Oppo 983 CD player and a PC. Interconnects are BJC LC-1 and speaker wires are Monoprice 12 AWG. I guess one can say that all of this is entry level stuff, and I would agree. But I'm 24, in school full time, and this system is my first foray into audio so I consider it a "starter" system if you will. Prior to purchasing these speakers I had Paradigm Signature v.1 paired with the same equipment. I loved the detailed highs and lush midrange of the Paradigms. The thing that bothered me was the sibilance in the SSSS, FFFF, TTT sounds. It was piercingly painful at high SPLs on some tracks. What I wanted was a speaker that could render all of the detail that the Paradigms did, but without the bright character. I always thought that bright sound and high end clarity/detail were two convergent characteristics and one had to choose a trade off point.
How I decided on Selah: A couple of months ago, I auditioned 2 pairs of Salks with ribbon tweeters from a very nice AC member who let 2 total strangers(buddy and I) come into his home to listen to speakers. He had a pair of Song Towers(LCY ribbon tweeter) and a pair of HT2-TL's that he had bought to replace the Song Towers. The one sentence version of my thoughts are that the Song Towers would be a downgrade from my Paradigm Signatures but the HT2-TL had more clarity and detail than my Paradigms minus the brightness, which was exactly what I was looking for. The HT2-TL was about double what I could spend on a pair of speakers. About 6 months after that audition, I came across Selah. From the website it seemed like Selah and Salk were very similar. Initially, I emailed Rick expressing interest in his Tanzanites. While exchanging emails he recommended, among others, the Prestigio as an alternative to the Tanzanites based on my listening habits. I wasn't even aware these existed as there wasn't a link to the Prestigio page anywhere on his site at the time. I did some Googling and was amazed to find that these speaker used almost identical drivers as the HT2-TL that I could not afford. After a few more emails, I decided to go for the Prestigios, hoping that they would sound as good as the Salk HT2's.
Now for my unaudiophile impressions from a short few hours of listening: It's been a while since I heard the Salks, but if memory serves correct the Prestigios are every bit as detailed, airy and neutral. They portray every guitar strum, cymbal strike with the realism of an unamplified live performance in a small venue. The sibilance of the Paradigms is simply gone. This is a bit of an audio cliche, but I really hear nuances in very familiar recordings that I haven't heard with my Paradigms. I don't know whether this is possible from a speaker change alone, but I am pretty confident in saying that stereo separation is also much better. The imaging is awesome. In some instances, it sounded like sound was coming from behind the listening position. I'm not sure whether that is good or bad, but I never experienced it before in my room listening with only two speakers.
I can't believe I have these speakers! From my experience of the Salks and other high end stuff I have heard in audio shops, I thought that sound this good was way out of my reach as of now. I wasn't sure if buying speakers that I have never heard was a wise decision, but I'm glad I did it.