Sometimes I change speakers just for the fun of it. Occasionally I will purchase a component or speaker merely for the adventure of it, and this is one of those cases. This is an instance where, apart from reviewing, I decided to buy a speaker for my third system, a casual listening rig in the family room. This is not a formal review; I have not conducted investigation of these speakers. I'm writing here my impressions of my experience with the Kirksaeter speakers I've obtained on my own.
The discussion here prompted me to purchase a set of Silverline 220 speakers, not in any official review capacity, but just for the fun of it. I feel the experience has been positive; the use of the matching 7" mid with twin 7" woofers is good for consistency in the sound from the lower frequencies up through the midrange - very seamless. One gets a sense of how much of a smooth transition is achieved with this method of driver selection, and how something is lost in the translation with many larger woofers handing off to alternatively sized mids.
The treble is not harsh, as I thought might be the case with a metal dome tweeter less than 1" diameter. However, I listened mostly with the grill on. Kirksaeter has done a nice job with making an econonomical cabinet (vinyl) appear presentable, with the wood trim strips on the front face.
I appreciate the fact that they are bi-wirable. I put them into the main system for a short while, though they are destined for the casual listening system in the family room. They acquitted themselves admirably, so much so that I may have them appear occasionally as a budget floor standing speaker for reviewing. I feel they are a very good choice for an all around well balanced speaker with smaller footprint.
Sound is vaguely reminiscent of Paradigms or PSB speakers, but with the lovely large midrange. The bass is tight, but not tremendously deep, so those who demand an "earth shaking" experience will want to add a subwoofer. The Silverline 220 could do both HT and two channel very respectably for a budget system.