Most people I know who have any class, don't brag about how much shiny furniture they have in their houses. But, this is a subjective hobby, and everybody has their own reasons for choosing a particular product. People say, it comes in curly maple and it's gorgeous! It has a high WAF! I couldn't care less. People talk about the finish, and about how they're handmade, and not enough about the sound. I don't invite people over to brag about my new toys. I had counted forty three speakers Salk sells, plus three subs, and many of them share similar drivers. There's different marketing hyperbole written for every one of them. I just feel they might be starting to overdo it. Ornate attention getting enclosures, don't impress me, nor do guitars or music when I click on the company's webpage. Their FR plots never go below 200 Hz.
This man, writing for non mainstream media, talking about the pitfalls of speaker design, and marketing, specifically, says they were able to get a speaker from an ID company, with the SEAS W15 mid woofer, to bottom out, and I think he meant the Supercharged Songtower. I am hoping he had made some sort of mistake, and that those work fine in a properly engineered TL enclosure (which I avoid only because of added weight, not because I believe they're inferior to AS or ported models). But still, it's $3600 for that, and they charge $1100 more to upsize the woofers and tweeters in the HT2-TL?
$77 paper woofers in a $2000 speaker?
These are good tweeters, not sure where they get them from. Seems reasonably priced for what you get.
$275, a slightly different version is used in the acclaimed Ascend Tower, for less money.
Don't know what a RAAL 70-20XR costs, as it's not available to the general public, but my guess is $550-$600.
Ascend's bookshelf speakers use RAAL tweeters, and those are all under $2000. The 70-10R costs $423. The wider RAAL 70-20XR can be crossed over to 1800 Hz, which is a boon for two way speakers, as you would be able to avoid distortion when a big woofer starts to break up just below the crossover frequency. Ascend was able to offer it as an option in a two way bookshelf for under $2000.
Don't understand why the Silk Monitors cost $3600, though it would be a solution to the real or imagined W15 as a woofer, problem. I might be looking at Dynaudio's Special Forty instead at $3000.
The only ones I would look at, are the Song3, and Dennis's BMR Philharmonitor, I believe those could be the current class leaders at the company. The former, could be their best seller right now.
Tekton uses the same drivers in so many different boxes. Mr. Alexander had in one case told Stereophile, "I chose an MTM design because this arrangement produces vertical symmetry in the polar response. I believe vertical and horizontal symmetry produce a superior overall sound quality.". In the measurements section, John Atkinson remarked, "In the vertical plane (fig.5), the use of two woofers spaced relatively far apart leads to major cancellations in the midrange above and below the response on the central tweeter axis, which again appears as a straight line. The Impact Monitor's vertical radiation pattern suggests that the speaker needs to be listened to within a narrow window centered on the central tweeter axis if the midrange balance is not to sound colored." Well, I don't want to do that. From that point on, I wanted nothing to do with the company. Wouldn't they be better off buying one good midrange, instead of six mediocre tweeters, at that price point? At least I can get data sheets from Madisound for many drivers so I can follow the design. Revel has access to world class design and testing facilities, and they make all of their own drivers, so everything is designed to work together.
Originally Posted by shivaji
I find statements of indifference in regards to a speakers looks interesting. If you bring something into a space called a home and it will often be in ones field of view, I think it far better that it be somewhat pleasing to the eye, whether a piece of furniture such as couch or table, a thing hung on a wall, thrown on a floor or ones speakers. If one has the option and we do, might as well make it cool looking. For my own tastes, I prefer to have my speakers in a natural wood. As well, I also love the look of panel speakers such as Martin Logans and Magnepans in black.
My mains are in Oak, the center, in Mahogany, with a little green for the in between.