studio
contact
rss

RMAF 07: Salagar $7999 Super Speakers

Bookmark and Share

by Josh Ray on November 06 '07

Rmaf07Salagar1

Soniccircle12-1

Sf3Awardshow1-1One of my new favorite speakers at the show comes from the new kid on the block, Salagar Speakers. Their Symphony S210 monitors, at $7999, sounded so good, they're taking home the SonicFlare Superstar award for top Precise-type room.

Other than the funky shape, the Salagar S210s feature a bevy of technology. First of all, they're powered with double 200 watt ICEpower modules nestled inside the jellybean enclosures and mated directly to the drivers. Additionally, the speakers feature an "active digital crossover/controller" called X-ACT. X-ACT processes inbound signals at 24bits/96KHz and digitally splits the signal between the 1" tweeter and 10" woofer. X-ACT also features simple room correction controls for tweaking the bass.

The speaker construction and build quality is first rate. Color options are as wide as the rainbow and you can, if you dare, order the front baffles dressed up in leather, 24k gold or mother-of-pearl.

The rest of the system included only the E.A.R. Acute CD player ($5500) with integrated volume control. This system, with just a source and speakers, is as simple as they come and the sound was excellent in part because of the simplicity. Everything is made to work together harmoniously, and the sound was fast and powerful with all the Precise-type qualities but with a touch of warmth. Really great stuff.

Almost as interesting as the speakers is the company behind it. Salagar showed with a double room and I had a chance to speak to both the designers, the marketing man and a variety of other people in the company. Salagar isn't a mom-and-pop operation, but a strong company run by some very intelligent and savvy gents. Keep an eye out for these guys as they quickly expand their product line.

Rmaf07Salagar3

Rmaf07Salagar2

Rmaf07Salagar4

Comments

I was fortunate enough to audition these speakers at the 2007 New York Home Entertainment Show, which was held at the Grand Hyatt in Manhattan May 11-13th. There was a line out the door for good reason. The words visually stunning would describe the cabinets’ appearance best. Build quality was exceptional as well. After my lengthy audition it was clear that the overall speed, accuracy and wide dispersion were exceptional for the price. To top it all off the guys making it all happen are a true class act. I hope to acquire a pair in light cherry for my living room very soon.