Okay guys. I've been riding the white horse of neutrality getting past the GTG auditioning format design, setup, and summary reporting. Like a good loudspeaker (
) I've tried to present all the inputs with clarity, honesty, and with interest.
Now it's time to get a little subjective.
I REALLY loved the Salk Ellis 1801's that were here. They were my favorite speaker. And along with another pair here, one that was reasonably close in performance, they were far and away my preference for ownership. (Now I just have to save more Pepsi cans faster.) I had no idea what speaker I was describing during the blinded session...but my comments were such as...(Resolution) "Heard things other speakers hadn't presented", (Bass) "Very clean", (Mids) "Very neutral", (Transparency) "I like the touch...on all presentations from delicate to powerful", (Transients) "Very good", (Visceral Impact) "Man, I'm involved", (Soundstage) "Filled the stage...great on vocals", and (Dynamics) "Easy as pie! Effortless."
I really don't want to go down the path of "winner vs. loser" in the GTG comparo. Everyone has his or her subjective favorite sound. But I did want to get my opinion in here as to the fabulous performance of this Salk model. IMHO, it matches the high standard of quality I came to expect from Jim's designs that I heard last year (SS-12, HT2, HT1TL, ST-QWT).
Congrats on yet another fantastic model, Jim. And many thanks once again for your support and sponsorship of our little gig.