Dropped you a PM, I can give you thoughts on all. I’ve heard them, all or owned variants.
I might also consider the Ohm Walsh 5000, particularly given your choice of music, depending on your room configuration.
You should have no fears if you go with the Salks. Build quality and customer service is excellent. I’m not sure they would give you the bass is sounds like you want. (it’s very accurate, very deep, and tuneful but does not energize the room like the Legacy or GE’s do, the Tektons can energize a room also, but it’s a little different I found than the others).
With the Legacy, the Signature SE checks a lot of those boxes you wanted. I MIGHT try to stretch to the Focus SE.
The Golden ear - they do what they do. You can hear them, you can decide. They do a lot right. But, with that beast of an amp you have you don’t have to have the powered subs.
With the Tekton - I think the Double Impact is a pretty nice speaker for 3k, I think the SE for double the price... sounds an awful lot like the DI. Better in some ways, not as fun in others. I think the Big ULF's are good, but again, what I have found with the DI and that family - they sound like they sound. Not huge differences between the DI, and it's more expensive brothers and cousins. Not ripping tekton, I think the DI for 3k is fun. I think it would be one hell of a party speaker at 3k.
For what you are listening to...
I would recommend the Ohm Walsh 5000’s, the Legacy’s, JBL M2 (which means some system changes), or I know Jim Salk has a newer speaker coming out soon that might fit the bill a bit better.
I own the Goldenear T-REF's and I'm very pleased with the way they play all music beautifully. They can fill a room. Metal or easy listening.
I own Salk Song3 also and they are fantastic too. I would recommend Salk speakers to anyone. They are probably the nicest looking speakers you can get. If you go with Salk, they are made to order so there is a time issue.
I have only had 2 of your choices, The Tekton DI’s and the Legacy Focus SE’s. I currently own the Legacy’s. I have had quite a few brands through my 63 years and I think I finally found the ones I’m going to keep. You mentioned their a little bright with those 4 ribbon tweeters. I actually like the crispness of them. But they do have toggle switches on the back that will subtract some high end from the mix for just your concern. Some people love the Tektons. I didn’t think much of them. Just too much in your face midrange that came across like a huge full range speaker. If you are worried about brightness, I would think they would not be too your liking. But, you won’t know till you get out there and hear them. Or order them for a home trial. If you try the Tekton’s, do not put any fingerprints, smudges , animal hair ( not one ), ! or any kinds of marks on the bottoms of speakers or you will be charged a couple hundred extra bucks when you return them. I know, I had to pay. And I wiped them down and thought they were all cleaned up before returning. Good luck with your quest. I had a ball traveling around listening for my choices..
BTW, If you happen to live near OHIO, you have an invitation to stop by and have a listen in real world conditions
@ Firstnot & rsure The term I use is opera metal, but in truth that is a misnomer. The bands listed are categorized in Folk - Melodic- Gothic metal. I call it Opera metal since the female leads are usually Sopranos, many with classically trained voices. Also much of this music has classical themes and instrumentation borrowed from Opera. Metal is a broad category. Not all of it is filled with growling all the way through (Which I hate) and screeching guitars. Some of these folks have real vocal and musical talent and an ear for composition. Think of this music in the same vein as Evanescence and Lacuna Coil but with more of bent toward classical chord progressions and vocal styling.
I have listened to Salk speakers at shows and have always been impressed. Even in the poor conditions a hotel room provides the sound was wonderful and the finish was spectacular.
I own the Tekton SE not BE and am very happy with the sound. Feed them with a good source, amplification and you will be amazed.
@ Axeman if you are talking about Beauty and the Beast Styling in Leaves Eyes, yes. Love Liv Kristine's voice . I could do without Alexander Krull's growling. But in the context of the story and theme of the music they do, I am not sure it would come across as powerful as it does. so even though I am no fan of growling in metal, (Really wish it would go away) CRANK IT UP.
The way they do it is awesome IMHO so it does not bother me. Just wish other would follow their example on how to use it to add to the music. And get away from this idea that whether or not a performer can growl, is the be all, end all, of the whole genre.
If your concerned with build quality as you stated scratch off Tekton,well documented their issues..The Salks are a very nice choice but i say go with what your leaning towards,Legacy .Just a fantastic build quality,great customer support and a reproduction of sound,well you already know...added bonus,their resale is amoung the best
Salk has a list of different people/speakers in different states ....you can contact the people through audio circle and go take a look/listen. Here is a link.
Expect the Salk build quality and service to be outstanding...but the new order wait time could be 3-5 months.
It might not be a factor in you decision....but down the road, does resale matter...you might ask for a few opinions here as well.
I am in a similar situation in upgrading my main speakers and have the same budget as you.
Just came back from the Axpona show in Chicago and made some notes on a few good speaker options that I am considering:
The GoldenEar Triton Reference
Goldenear Triton 1 R,
B & W 804 D3,
Salk 9.5 SS
The Salks sounded very good, and the Revels were very good, and the GE T1R, filled the room pretty well.
There were some awesome Wilsons and Sonus Faber units there but had 6 figure price tags.
Read good reviews on the Legacy speakers and also JBL, and may try to find a local dealer to hear those as well.
If anyone has firsthand listening/owning experience with any of the speakers list above please share your experience and recommendations.
At this level these seem like very good speakers and this is a tough decision, and your opinion is appreciated.