Nice write up snapsc. I am very interested in Jim's speakers and appreciate your comments.
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As you can see, I wrote that review about two months ago and I've been thinking about adding a few updates that may prove helpful to some.
The usual question that is often posed is RAAL vs Be...and all I can say is having heard both, they are both great when implemented well...meaning good crossover and good midrange pairing. The biggest surprise for me with the RAAL is that the dispersion is much larger than you often read about for ribbons...music really does sound good throughout the whole room and the sweetspot is pretty wide.
Often when you buy a new piece of equipment, you spend a couple of weeks and maybe even months listening to the equipment...and if the equipment is up to your expectations, that type of listening fades away and all you really hear moving forward is the music (and when that doesn't happen, I think it is because the brain senses that something is missing). I'm at the point with the Salks that all I'm hearing is the music and I'm no longer listening for what might be missing...because there isn't anything missing.
As for the transmission line bass, another positive that I've come to appreciate is how perfectly it blends with my 15" sealed sub...together, the sub and the Veracitys speak with one voice.
One thing I've observed is the trend toward larger and larger speakers and I'm sure there are many benefits that can be documented and that people have experienced. I think its worth noting that the Veracity STs...at 42" tall and 62#s have no problem filling my very large room with great sound and 90db peaks when needed. This may not matter to most people but they are "relatively" easy for one person to move...and shipping them is not going to cost $500+.
Based on all the comments from Axpona...there are a lot of great loudspeakers available....I'm pretty sure that I'm going to have these Salks for quite a while....but, hmmm....maybe some Maggie LRSs for a smaller room???
I have been searching for replacement speakers for my old Spendor SP-1. I have been listening to Devore Super 9, Proac D30R ( and soon will hear Graham 5/9f) but am intrigued by Salks speakers. The value of his speakers is incredible compared to the above. The only hitch has been the inability to hear them which to me is paramount in picking new speakers. I find reviews don't always capture the true sound; or we all have different ways of expressing in words, what our ears hear. Have you any thoughts on how your speakers compare to the Devore, Proac etc? I am looking for a sound that is clear and detailed but not harsh or too forward in its presentation.
I've only heard the Devore Super 9s....in a show type environment...and they sounded really good...but almost impossible to draw a fair comparison with my Veracity STs.
I've had the Salks now for five months and I can only say that they continue to really sound good...not a hint of harshness but really good detail...from top to bottom. I suspect the low end detail and depth is because of Seas units he chose along with the transmission line...and one great thing about transmission line bass is that it usually integrates really well with sealed subwoofers if you choose to use one.
Everything I said about the RAAL detail, tone, sound and soundstage remains as I originally posted.
I've made one change since my original post...I'm now using a Digital Amplifier Company 2Cherry amplifier...and as I've posted on other threads, the 2Cherry seems as though it has lifted a fog that I hadn't know was there revealing a clarity that you get with a live performance...and zero harshness.
Who gets the credit...amplifier or speaker? I'd say both because it takes a good loudspeaker to reveal changes in what is already pretty good equipment.
I realize that this didn't help at all...and probably because all three loudspeakers you are considering are great speakers and have great resale markets.
Here is a link to possible places you could audition some Salks...and if you dont find anything...post on this page asking for anyone in the area....or call Jim Salk and see what he suggests.
Also, this might interest you:
And you will often find preowned Salks here: