I live in jakarta, indonesia, so purchasing direct to united states is lot of hassle. i may still go with it in the future, depending on the outcome of my research.
my home theater room is 4meter wide, 6meter in length, about 2.8 m in height. Movie and music = 50:50. i already have two svs pb2000, and sherbourn pa5-200. Currently using monitor audio gs lcr and gs10 all around, no atmos yet, but i want atmos with in ceiling speakers eventually.
i have been using monitor audio for 12 years and one of them is developing something that doesnt sound right, so i am looking for a good upgrade path that i can enjoy for more than 12 years.
before becoming aware with salk sound ( thanks to internet ), i was obsessed with kef reference 1. I want the best / flagship product from a tier A manufacturer that produces their own drivers, 3 way, and visually looks good. i may want to purchase a pair of monoblocks, like parasound jc1 that go to 400 watt per channel to accomodate it.
now, since i have no idea about salk product and the website itself is not really helfpul, i thought why not go to audio circle and ask lots of questions? i dont go to jim salk directly because i also want other people's opinion about this.
here we go :
1- what is the flagship product of salk sound? is it the soundscape or is it the exotica? which line is better for 50:50 ratio of music and movie?
2- the soundscape 3 way standmount does not visually look appealing to me, so i went to exotica pages. but exotica line doesnt have center channel, and doesnt have smaller version with 6.5 inch driver. i dont want to go with tower speaker, because i already have two subwoofers. i might go like this : one center channel with two 8inch exotica drivers, a pair of exotica standmount that has 8 inch driver, and two pairs of smaller exotica stand mount that has 6.5 drivers. is this possible or not? or would this be more expensive since the team at salk would have to build new product from scratch?
3- is it possible to order speakers from salk whose color look like a focal kanta no2? bright blue on the front side, light creamy wood on every other side?
4- is it possible to have drivers in white only? i dont like black drivers.
5- is it possible to have grill cloth like amphion? i really dont like black on my speaker.
6- how do i calculate shipping cost? have the salk team ever shipped anything to south east asia? what shipping company did you guys use?
7- how is the exotica standmount compares to kef reference 1 in term of performance? does it have to be powered with high powered amp to sound their best, or would my current sherbourn with 200 watt per channel enough to drive the exotica?