Originally Posted by Dennis Murphy
I'm not taking a position on the choice, and I may be reading something into your post that isn't there, but for the record, the ST's and Ascends use the same RAAL tweeter. The sensitivities differ a little to match the specific crossovers and drivers, but there's no difference in the basic performance.
Thank you, I was wondering if that was the case, but assumed it was not. Surprise surprise I guess.
Originally Posted by Cvetan1
Using more drivers or using a 3-way config does not mean its a better choice or value. Personally, I'd rather have a speaker with a 2-way MTM configuration as the Salks, compared to the Ascends. Just my personal preference.
Also, Salk uses at least 3/4" or 1" MDF on their speaks, and are built like tanks. Using bamboo is a wash and a tree-huggers preference. Jim also uses MDF on his top of the line SoundScape 12's, that cost 18K. If bamboo made a difference, Jim would use it. AFAIK
, Ascend outsources his cabinets from China, Salk's are all made in house(USA).
I thought Ascend's cabinets were made in the USA. I have nothing against MDF, but do wonder which material is better. Nothing wrong with being environmentally sustainable, but if it negatively impacts the sound, then it is a step backwards. Especially since one can be sustainable using recycled cardboard for packaging, or other means. Liking the all USA built though. I was pretty sure Ascend was as well though, but I could have been mistaken as well.
Originally Posted by ClarkeBar
It's the woodworking that would kill me. No proper workshop. But for born DIYers this package looks very nice.
Could you clarify please? I am not certain what you mean exactly, or which company you are mentioning in that statement.
Originally Posted by ClarkeBar
Thanks for that Dennis. I thought when I posted I might (wait a minute, that's way too many I's) hear something from someone with your knowledge, hence the question marks. I thought a customized version of a known tweeter in a specific tower design meant more tweaking than that. But would the ST's with RAAL be able to chart similarly to the Sierra Ribbon towers? Obviously the differences in cabinet, drivers and X-overs should affect this, for better or worse. Does Jim provide such info, do you know? Not questioning the SongTowers, in any version. They are wonderful, with an understandably loyal fan base.
I guess a revisit to the Salk website is in order. Haven't been there in a while.[/QU][/QU]
The tweaking that an OEM buyers can specify will affect sensitivity, and to some extent the number of crossover components they might want to use, but the basic response, distortion, and dispersion are set by other elements of the design. Which is to say that all OEM RAAL's measure superbly. I don't know why Jim hasn't provided measurements for the ST RT. There's certainly nothing to hide.
That certainly would make things easier. I noticed Ascend has alot of different measurements available compared to Salk, I do wish there was more to go on.