Name this RAAL/Illuminator speaker

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jsalk

Name this RAAL/Illuminator speaker
« on: 31 Oct 2012, 03:53 pm »
A little background...

About a year ago, a customer from NYC called and asked us to design "the best bookshelf speaker possible."  He wanted a small speaker but wanted the best sound quality possible.  We spent a lot of time talking about the music he listened to and the various drivers we might want to employ.  Our custom RAAL ribbon was chosen first.  When looking for the right midwoofer, we looked at Seas and ScanSpeak drivers.  In the end, we (the customer and I) thought that the ScanSpeak Illuminator would best fit his needs.  Of course, it would not be all that high in sensitivity, but that was judged not to be an issue.  Sound quality was the main concern.

We finished the project just before an audiophile club had a meeting at our shop.  These little monitors happened to be playing when people began to arrive and the first three questions we got were the same..."what sub are you using with these."  Of course, there was no sub.  People were amazed at the sound quality and the bass extension.

We never added the speaker to our web site for one reason...expense.  This customer went all out...bamboo construction, ebony veneer, boutique caps, expensive binding posts, etc.  It came to over $4000 and I just didn't think there would be a market for bookshelf speakers at that price. (The production price will be a little lower, but not that much as these are expensive drivers.)

As more and more people heard these speakers, they kept telling me we had to put them on our site.  We received the same recommendations at RMAF and the recent Audioholics GTG. 

So it is time to generate a name and put the design on our web site.

Here are some pictures...



And a close-up...



The original customer suggested the names "Grand Salk Monitor (GSM)" and "Epiphany."  But we'd like to open it up to your thoughts as well.  If you have any ideas, let's hear them!  We can't offer you a pair of speakers if your name is selected, but you will gain a level of satisfaction knowing your idea was a winner.  And we can throw in a hat if you'd like.

- Jim



saeyedoc

Re: Name this RAAL/Illuminator speaker
« Reply #1 on: 31 Oct 2012, 03:59 pm »
I'll bite, how about the Raalinator?

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Re: Name this RAAL/Illuminator speaker
« Reply #2 on: 31 Oct 2012, 04:00 pm »
e-scape

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Re: Name this RAAL/Illuminator speaker
« Reply #3 on: 31 Oct 2012, 04:21 pm »
1. SM2 - Salk Mighty Mini
2. SM3 - Salk Mighty Mini Monitor

fsimms

Re: Name this RAAL/Illuminator speaker
« Reply #4 on: 31 Oct 2012, 04:43 pm »
Dwarf?

Bob

Phil A

Re: Name this RAAL/Illuminator speaker
« Reply #5 on: 31 Oct 2012, 04:52 pm »
Well you have a WOW1 Mini-Monitor.  So perhaps WOWR1 Mini-Monitor (R denoting Raal)?

Early B.

Re: Name this RAAL/Illuminator speaker
« Reply #6 on: 31 Oct 2012, 05:07 pm »
Here's a few:

1. Salk Songbird

2. Salk Golden Sparrow

3. Salk Symphony Series

4. Salk Ceano  (NOTE: "Ceano" = CNO = cost-no-object)

benguin

Re: Name this RAAL/Illuminator speaker
« Reply #7 on: 31 Oct 2012, 05:56 pm »
My first thought-
 Raaluminator / Illuminara

Given the season
  Wraith / Song Spirit / Song Sprite

Small but mighty nature, and tie in to the Songbird-
  Raptor

More classical, noting high value in small packages;
  Salk Platinum

yetis

Re: Name this RAAL/Illuminator speaker
« Reply #8 on: 31 Oct 2012, 06:33 pm »
Salk Reference Monitor

Mudslide

Re: Name this RAAL/Illuminator speaker
« Reply #9 on: 31 Oct 2012, 06:50 pm »
Salk Star

Salk SoundStar

(or Salk StarScape)   :D

iFi Tyler

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Re: Name this RAAL/Illuminator speaker
« Reply #10 on: 31 Oct 2012, 07:03 pm »
Salk Ceremony or Salk Raalumine    :thumb:
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gregcss

Re: Name this RAAL/Illuminator speaker
« Reply #11 on: 31 Oct 2012, 07:08 pm »
IlluminuSS (SS = Salk Sound)

lowtech

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Re: Name this RAAL/Illuminator speaker
« Reply #12 on: 31 Oct 2012, 08:16 pm »
How about "I could have had a V8".

Big Red Machine

Re: Name this RAAL/Illuminator speaker
« Reply #13 on: 31 Oct 2012, 08:22 pm »
Impostor

Chameleon

Surprise

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Re: Name this RAAL/Illuminator speaker
« Reply #14 on: 31 Oct 2012, 08:36 pm »
I vote for the Serendipity.   (It's an in-joke)

Scottdazzle

Re: Name this RAAL/Illuminator speaker
« Reply #15 on: 31 Oct 2012, 09:37 pm »
I vote for the Serendipity.   (It's an in-joke)

No in jokes, Dennis!  No fair to tease.  Spill the beans!

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Re: Name this RAAL/Illuminator speaker
« Reply #16 on: 31 Oct 2012, 09:38 pm »
Since it's all alone and different fron the others - how bout Salk Renegade?

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« Reply #17 on: 31 Oct 2012, 09:58 pm »

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Re: Name this RAAL/Illuminator speaker
« Reply #18 on: 31 Oct 2012, 10:06 pm »
Speaker

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