Nice write up, I speculated awhile back that the new Be line might end up replacing the Ultima 2 series if they can get close enough to the performance, it does seem that a triple 8" version was meant to replace the Salon 2 but who knows. Looking at the measurements, I can see how the F328 would sound just a bit laid back compared to the Salon 2 which is just a bit more neutral. I would love to be able to compare the 2 while adding a slight high shelf boost from 1k on for the 328 to see if that makes the highs more comparable. Aside from the highs being slightly lower in level, the F328 to my eyes measures better than the Salon 2, the ER curve is especially good. One benefit of the F328 style highs is they shouldn't ever be harsh, even at very loud levels they should sound very smooth.The F328Be is essentially the perfectly balanced speaker - it does nothing wrong, the bass and midrange are absolutely clean and tight. However, the Salon2 still has something special on the top end, a "silkiness" especially with strings that makes it stand out for us. It's still our favorite of the two.
Overall it was an amazing listening experience and we feel that the ultimate speaker would be one that combined the silky smooth open top end of the Salon2 with the low frequency tightness and punch of the F328.