Review: Salk Sound Veracity HT2-TL Speakers

Salk Sound Veracity HT2-TL

Salk Sound Veracity HT2-TL

Veracity's performance is in a different league from other speakers in its price point.


Mar. 22, 2010 — by Audioholics.com

To be absolutely honest, I was biased when I went into this review. I thought there would be no way any speaker could best my beloved Salk SongTowers.

I was wrong.

While the Veracity HT2-TLs command a high price, that price is well justified.

The performance of the Veracity’s is in a completely different league from other speakers I’ve heard in this and higher price categories. With commanding bass, ruler flat response, and what is possibly the finest veneer I’ve ever seen on a speaker, it’s hard to find something about the Veracity HT2-TLs to not like.

Salk has once again redefined a price point. While they took the under $2k and made it their own with the SongTowers, it looks like they are trying to do the same with the under $4k. If this is your price point, you need to hear these speakers.

Build Quality
The review pair of speakers were constructed out of 1-inch MDF and had two 0.75-inch MDF internal braces running up the length of the cabinet. As you might image, the “knock” test is fairly inert especially from the front, back and top. From the sides there is a bit more ringing than I expected.

The back has a very high-end Cardas Premium dual binding post setup for bi-amping mounted to an aluminum plate. The jumpers between the binding posts are copper brackets - something I’ve not seen before. If I had a complaint here, it is that there is not a color cue as to which wires go where. Usually the binding posts have a black and red label on them. On the HT2-TLs, there is a + and a - etched into the aluminum mounting plate only.

There are also black screws securing the aluminum plate. While this is the back of the speaker and isn’t getting shown off, taking the care to use an aluminum plate and then marring it with black screws seems a little baffling. It would have been better to use adhesive (like on the front logo plate) or maybe rivets. The grills on the HT2-TLs are identical (except for size) to the ones found on the SongTowers - they are constructed out of MDF, are held on magnetically, and are very secure. I’m a big fan of these grills as they are sturdy and come off just easy enough.

Breaking down the speaker, I removed the LCY-110 tweeter and the bottom SEAS W18 woofer on one of the review speakers. Under the drivers I found a rubber gasket to eliminate any vibration between the driver and the baffle.

The cabinet is stuffed with a dacron batting that I don’t usually find in speakers. The SEAS W18 woofer was heavy and well built with an injection molded metal basket. The drivers are not shielded. The LCY ribbon tweeter is completely encased in its own enclosure with dedicated binding posts.

The tweeter has “a unique design that uses two ribbons of half the length of conventional ribbons in order to control vertical plane dispersion.” This essentially means it doesn’t suffer from the same off-axis response problems that plague other ribbons.

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Performance: 4.5 out of 5
Value: 4 out of 5
MSRP: $3995/pair; $4195 as tested

Pros: Impeccable finish | Authoritative, impactful bass | Crystal clear highs | Top quality components
Cons: Pricey | Funky non-spikes | A bit finicky for the best placement | Heavy

Drivers: (1) LCY pure ribbon tweeter and (2) Seas Excel W18 midrange
Response: 45Hz - 25KHz (+ .5/- 2db), 32Hz - 60KHz (+/-3db) 
Sensitivity (dB/2.83v/1M): 87db  
Impedance (nominal): 4 ohms  
Recommended Amplification: 30 - 150 tube watts, 80 -250 solid state watts  
Box Alignment:quarter wave tube transmission line  
Dimensions (HWD): 44 1/2” H x 9” W x 17” D in 1” MDF



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