I recently got a 5 channel Salk Sound System consisting of Song 3, Supercharged Center, and Wow surrounds in waterfall bubinga wood veneer. Thought I'd share them here. They sound amazing! Such a big upgrade from the previous Phase Tech speakers I had in every way.\n\nI requested the Song 3's with a open back midrange as an optional extra, and I'm really glad I did!! I attached some photos of how that works in the back. You can have it sealed, open with stuffing, or totally open. For acoustic jazz and classical music it really open up the soundstage and makes the instruments sound real like they are in the room. I play piano so I am really sensitive to the sound of a piano. These are the first speakers I've heard where it actually sounds like a real piano in the room. Vocals, horns, anything you throw at it sounds real. For studio multi track recordings I prefer a closed back midrange as it gives a true image of what the engineers were trying to achieve. It's the best of both worlds, I can have a open baffle speaker for one song, and then the next song can be a closed box speaker!\n\nThe raal tweeters sound incredibly detailed and transparent. The center speaker is incredibly detailed, and even with old mono movies from the 50's I've heard details of crickets chirping and birds that I've never heard in old movies. Dialog is exceptional and crisp for all seats. The Wow surrounds are extremely detailed and smooth as well, and play quite deep for a little speaker.\n\nI would say with these speakers it sounds as though your ears were plugged before, and now you are unclogging your ears and can hear every detail in the recording. But they don't sound harsh at all. I listened to the Song 3A's with the accutron midrange before, and those were too detailed and a bit harsh. With the Song 3 midrange it is very smooth sounding, and perfect for me.\n\nWhen I first got them the bass was lacking punch and body, but Jim assured me the surrounds needed to loosen up. After 30-40 hours they did appear to loosen up, and then the bass sounded excellent and really tight. The highs and mids were unchanged from the first listen.\n\nThe veneer is gorgeous in person, and these speakers overall have a look of luxury. They are like a finely built sports car, whatever performance you ask of them they don't break a sweat. I only have a midrange Onkyo reciever driving them and they play wonderfully. I can only imagine upgrading to a nicer amp how well they will play!