I'll kick back in here as well, while I've never heard the Salon 1, I have had the pleasure of hearing the 2's in three separate systems/rooms/times and in each, I was extremely impressed. They seem to possess a freedom from frequency and time/phase errors that allow integration in a wide variety of rooms and systems. With the right amps (and this is not a trivial matter as they are beasts to drive)They are truly full range with subwoofer like reach into to lowest octave. Yet on smaller scale music, they do indeed sound like high end mini monitors as the top three drivers act as a cohesive unit with well matched dispersion characteristics. For $10k, this would be a difficult speaker to improve upon.