thanks for the report. I live in northern AZ and couldn't make it. maybe next year.
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Glad you came! The Salks were Song3 beAts. Having spent some time with them, I can say they actually handle rough recordings better than one would expect. Detailed yet smooth and forgiving is how I would describe them.
The Joseph’s came alive (along with several other speakers) with the addition of a PS Audio Directstream DAC between the Oppo and the Hegel.
We are holding another public event called DAC-It-Out at the end of August. I’ll post details in the digital forum soon.
Again, thanks to all who came and participated in SpeakerFest.
I would agree that the ATC's sounded the best. Then after talking to the Tempe Dealer, he indicated that there is an active ATC speaker that sounds twice as good...albeit for twice the money. I would have loved to be able to listen to both of those back to back.
As far as Tekton Double Impact, I too came to hear these speakers that the Audiogon audience has billed as one of the greatest speakers of all time. For $3,000 they are well worth the money if you have the space for them. Are they reference level listening speakers, I don't think so. They are really well suited for a theater room set-up. They play loud.
I did like the Joseph speakers but they are to small for what I need.
Love to hear that ATC won! We have been recommending ATC to our clients for several years.
The ATC SCM 40 ,one of our clients has in an all Naim system and we were streaming Pink Floyd, the Who and other classic rock and it sounded like you were right there in the control room.
The SCM 40 big soundstage, smooth, musical, great dynamics. and they play to realistic volumes.
We have heard all the other speakers mentioned and some of those do sound promising but we are not surprised that most of your guys perfered the ATC.
We head an Active ATC SCM 40 at the New York audio show a few years ago and the sound with an inexpensive dac was just so real and the entire system cost less than many guys cables.
Go ATC go.
Dave and Troy
Audio Doctor NJ ATC dealers
Not surprised at all by the ATC showing. I run ATC 40 active with Gaia.
Astonished by the general lack of investigation by the audiophile community into the world of studio grade active speakers. The evidence more than ample that active when done well is a serious contender.
The immutable behavior by most treading the tired standards of preamp, power amp and speakers.....repeat. I know, I lived there for years myself. It's a brave new world if only explored with open minds and ears.