Good to see other Silverline fans on here!
I had a similar experience. I got to hear B&Ws next to Silverline and Joseph Audio speakers and it was just no contest. It's not that the B&Ws sound bad, it's just that the others, to my ears, we're just so much better in almost every way. And I completely agree about the bass capabilities of the Minuets. I read a review that said they're bass shy and that is not what I heard at all, especially given their size. Awesome little speakers.
I saw your post on a Silverline thread I started some time ago. Thanks for your response. Crazy thing is, if I were explaining to someone what I wanted in a speaker, I'm not sure I could nail the Minuets. They are simply satisfying to me.
You owning and enjoying both models makes me want to start my hunt again and move up the line.
Mind sharing your placement details regarding your Minuets?
Fwiw, mine are a little over 8 feet apart and the woofers are 36" from the wall.
Hey Gary, There is really nothing special about the Minuet placement for me ... they are about 8 ft apart and about 2.5 ft from the back wall. They are about 7 ft away from the side walls. I feel the same way about the sound .. they are really extremely satisfying. As I said I really liked the BW 685s ... but after hearing these ... there was some detail I was missing. I am also happy with the bass ... might be the tube amp at work ... but either way absolutely no lack of bass.
Interesting thread on the Silverline Sonatina. I am searching for a loudspeaker with good efficiency and the Sonatina checks on all the requirements - high efficiency, near full range, 8 ohms nominal, etc. What other loudspeakers did you guys compare with the Sonatinas? Only interested in feedback on Sonatina.
I'm a (very satisfied) twice represented Silverline owner.
I've had Sonatinas (Avalon style cabinets) in a HT set-up in my family room for almost a decade. We use that system for tv viewing every day and the Silverlines perform like champs. When we kill the picture and use the system for music (often when entertaining), I think that they really sound great for their size and price (particularly given the modest associated electronics/source components). An excellent all-around loudspeaker, IMO.
Based on that happy experience, I later got a pair of Preludes for use in my home gym. Footprint was a critical concern, as was bass response and SPLs sufficient to obliterate the fact that I'm usually on a treadmill when listening. That's a tough combination of qualities, but the Preludes definitely do the trick.
I can't comment on their more expensive stuff (just never got a chance to hear it), but the real world products from Silverline represent excellent value, IMO.
interesting thread indeed. I'm also looking for speakers with high efficiency (90-95 DB). Looking to audition coincident Super eclipse III, super victory (used), and Von schweikert VR 33. Very encouraged to see some happy Sonatina IV owners. Always wanted to audition used sonata 3, and Lafolia, but nothing available on market now. By the way what happened to the Sonata line? I'm disappointed that silverline now has only one floor stander (sonatina mk IV) in the 3-15 k range. Any sonatina mk IV owner, not happy with its bass?
I went to the Newport Beach audio show and heard all of these speakers that I could not afford. Then for some reason I went into the Silverline room. I ended up going back to the room 3 times. I really thought the sound for a 600-700 speaker was incredible. The only fallacy with the sound was that he had $25k cables hooked up to them. I have heard so much about Elac so I specifically went to their room. Yes it was packed and everyone thought they were great. To me, the Silverline were way better. And I mean way better. I am buying a pair for my son to replace some old bookshelf B&W speakers.