To Doug Schneider,
I bought the Revel Salon2 in 2007, long before you published a review of them. I love the clean and neutral tonality of it. I drive them with Moon W-7M mono amps. But, like every audiophile, upgrading is always happening. Oh, I got big improvement by using better biwire jumpers with them. My question is: Will I get big improvement in every aspect if I replace the Salon2 with the Wilson MAXX Series 3? I’m curious about the MAXX’s rather old-school tweeter material. Titanium will hit its limit sooner no matter how much Wilson modifies this Focal tweeter. That is why I worry. I like big speakers, but the Magico Q5 is too small. My room is huge at 35x24 feet.
There are some reviewers who feel that Wilson’s MAXX Series 3 is a great speaker, but I’m not one. I find that it strays way too far from neutrality in the upper bass, midrange, and highs to be considered a high-performance design. I also have issues with that tweeter, not just because it’s “old school,” but because to me it sounds tinny and harsh. The beryllium-dome unit that’s in the Salon2 sounds smoother and infinitely more refined, as do the tweeters in use on the latest Magico, Vivid and B&W speaker models. High-performance speaker design in the extreme high end has moved forward in recent years and, in my opinion, speakers like the MAXX Series 3 just haven't kept up.
As I said, there are reviewers who will disagree with me about the MAXX Series 3, so you should put this question to them and you might get a different reply. In my opinion, though, the MAXX S3 certainly isn’t an upgrade to what you already have. . . . Doug Schneider