Heard them over Thanksgiving via Rocky Mountain. Excellent-plus. Seems to be the reaction of others as well. Bud would be proud!
I spent a lot of time listening to the Bud Fried Towers and getting opinions/info at Rocky Mountain. Long story short: Jim Salk acquired the right to the name, Buds notebooks, papers etc and in conjunction with Dennis Murphy is building and selling them. If the idea is to bring the principles of Mr. Fried into the 21st century I think they hit it out of the park
The Fried DNA is clear: transmission line and series crossover. The result is what one would have hoped for if Bud had the more modern drivers, computer power, materials etc that are available today. They were utterly non-fatiguing while also being uncannily accurate. From the lowest lows to the highest high all was as it should be; nothing shrill or boomy; nothing added or subtracted. Imaging was precise and the impression was of a unitary sound source, not as Bud apparently was fond of saying : A collection of drivers in a box. I did not have access to test data, but I think it is very likely that this speaker has a very easy to drive impedance curve; resistive rather than reactive. Perhaps as Rfogel8 suggests the choice of the Hiquphon tweeter, which seemed to be a favorite of Mr. Frieds is an important part of the formula.
The Salk DNA is also there. As much as I admired the sound of Mr. Frieds products, the execution sometimes left a bit to be desired. These have the build quality, the fit and finish, that has been a part of Salk Sounds reputation. A lot of value for the price is an understatement.
I have not yet spoken with Jim Salk, but from everything I have heard his and Salk Sounds reputation for customer service is exemplary. Im looking forward to it.
I myself am very late buying these but I am glad the Fried Towers
are being made if you never owned a Fried Loudspeaker please remember
the Modern day transmission line cabinet is Bud Fried.
And his very musical designs. Thanks to Jim Salk and Dennis Murphy
they built and designed a excellent Loudspeaker .i heard t in Ny saved a few bucks and bought them. The Hiquohon tweeter is much better then most which Fried used often .these are hand made tweeters and pair matched to within
1/2 db. The Peerless mid -woofers are Accurate,especially for the price.
also Salk built cabinets and finishes in this transmission line cabinet looks
far more expensive .Then when listening Dennis Murphy has tuned this Xover seamlessly .a very coherent and musical loudspeaker. At $3500 from my experience class leading on many levels .none better at any where near this price point. Call Jim Salk or check out the Bud Fried Tower Loudspeakers website.
Good to know audioman58.
Will love to see your system with these. I read on another thread that you sold the Revel 208 to get these. The Revels are quite impressive. What is it about these speakers that you like over the Revels? Can you please provide a "compare and contrast" for these 2 loudspeakers? Any other loudspeakers that you compared the Bud Fried loudspeakers with?
The f208 speakers were detailed and warm but not as open or as transparent
As the Fried .surprising was the Revel had 2-8 inch drivers t for the Fried
The 2 thjngs the Fried had the F208 didnot was the transmission line,
And series over. The Bass seemed was and was very tuneful and thd crossover
Being in series I believe why it had great sound staging with lock on imaging.
It is a Great design and a Electrostatic as in the ML it may be slightly faster
And open ,that being said the Fried has a more 3 Dimensional nature and grip
On instruments. Bybee quantum purifiers I may try in a year or so.
In referrnce to thd Bybee purifirs I havd used these in electronics as speakers they clean up all low level noise and give better seprration. the $3500 price range not much can compete with the Fried towers.av3.7 Maggi that ribbon is superb
But a limited sweet spot power hungry ,very good musical purity perhaps a bit better in coherence that applies to speakers 5x this . That being said it does nit have the grip and dynamic punch of the Fried Tower.very even handed and a nice natural warmth.
Salk did a great job hitting all the buttons ,and with 10 cabinet choices ,
As the TAS review said a No Brainer it Is a shame they don't put these on reviews in Several online magszines.