I bought a pair of Salk Silk Monitors a few months ago, and recently posted this review on another site:
Now that I’ve listened to these several hours a day for a
couple of months, I’m going to take a shot at writing a review. My wife Lori has listened along with me much
of that time, and has contributed her thoughts as well. First, the obvious – these are small,
stand-mounted monitors with RAAL ribbon tweeters and ScanSpeak Illuminator
woofers. You can read more about them
here: http://salksound.com/model.php?model=Silk+Monitors I have them set up on sand-filled, spiked
Atlantis 24” stands, about 8 feet apart, with the front panels about 46” from
the wall behind. They’re well away from
the sidewalls. The electronics include a Bluesound Node 2,
mostly playing flac files from an NAS, but also some streaming from Deezer and
Qobuz, a Benchmark DAC3L, Benchmark LA4 preamp, dSpeaker Anti-Node 2.0 room
correction system, and Benchmark AHB2 amp.
What’s most striking at first is the soundstage and imaging
– on recordings that allow it, the soundstage is huge, with excellent depth. They’re also exceptionally good at producing a
centered mono image, on mono recordings or the dialogue channel of movies (we
don’t use a center-channel speaker). Second, the bass is very impressive for
speakers this size. It’s quite deep,
tight, and powerful. Percussion and both
electric and acoustic bass come across very well, as does the lower range of
piano. Adding the Hsu ULS-15 sub helps
on many recordings, but the sound is full and satisfying even without the sub. The sub low-pass filter is set at about 45
Hz, and the Silk Monitors are run full range.
As we’ve listened more, we’ve come to appreciate how smooth
and detailed these speakers can sound, given a good recording. This is
especially clear on delicate percussion, and on complex music and mixes – it’s
easy to hear voices and instruments far back in the mix. Clarity is excellent, but never seems
overdone. Maybe most impressive over
time is the way the speakers convey the textures of voices, reed instruments,
and so on. Solo guitar, solo piano, and
large groups and orchestras all sound very convincing. We’ve listened at levels from near-whisper to
very loud (for us, probably not very loud to some of you). The speakers sound very alive at all levels.
room correction from the Anti-Node 2.0 does improve clarity in the bass –
primary correction is removing some small peaks between 60 and 150 Hz. It would be nice not to need this, but in a
nearly square (19 x 20 ft.) room, some peaks in the bass are probably
inevitable. And the harshness on some,
mostly older, recordings is more obvious than with the Newform R645v3 speakers
these replaced. But that’s about
it. I haven’t heard a lot of recent
high-end stand-mount speakers for comparison, but we did consider the Joseph
Audio Pulsars, and have no regrets about choosing these instead.
Not a professional review, of course, but my effort to
convey what the Silk Monitors are like.
We’re very happy with them.