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Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by Lowrider, Jul 30, 2001.

  1. Lowrider

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    I have Sonus Faber speakers all around with a REL subwoofer.
    I am somewhat suprised not to see any posts about Sonus Faber in this forum as they seem to be reasonably popular among audiophiles everywhere.
    They look and sound great too :rolleyes:
     
  2. Lowrider

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    I too use SF. Grand Piano's front L&R, solo, gravis and Wall surrounds. What do you drive yours with?

    I agree they need more exposure, but can understand that they aren't everyone's cup of tea - slightly unusual aesthetics aside, they seem to need higher-end amps/processing than other speaker packages at the same price level to get the best out of them. Analogue over digital for 2-ch! Anyone with £3-£5K budget really ought to audition SF, but make sure the dealer has spent at least 100 hours breaking them in first!
     
  4. Lowrider

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    I have 4 Concerto Home with Iron stands, the Solo Home and a REL Strata III. My source is the Arcam DV88.<br />I started with an Onkyo 787, but it was clearly not enough, so I got a Rotel RB993 for front and center, now I have got great sound...
     
  5. Reiner

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    Surely SF speakers are very good but as you say they are more or less aimed at the audiophiles market and since they are neither cheap nor easy to match they do not suit normal AV setups very well, considering the budget of most people at least.<br />I do like those Amati Homage, heard them at an exhibition and they sounded so good - and look so beautiful, too!

    Acutally I would love to upgrade my speakers (rather thinking of Dynaudio Contour series) but they wouldn't do my amp any favours due to the low impedance, so perhaps I get a power amp first and later change the speakers.<br />And add a processor, and a projector, and ... <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">

    [ 02-08-2001: Message edited by: Reiner ]</p>
     
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    JDC, wich amp do you have ?<br />Reinner, have you seen and auditioned the Home Cinema series, JDC´s and mine are, they sound very well, the best midrange there is, and are reasonably priced.
     
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    You said:

    Acutally I would love to upgrade my speakers (rather thinking of Dynaudio Contour series)..

    The Dynaudio Contours are superb speakers. I tried the 1.3SE's, Contour Centre and the Audience 42W's and this produced some of the best music and AV that I have ever heard. For music, in particular, I do not think that you can get a better speaker without paying £££'s (and they would probably use Dyn drivers anyway!) - the detail and imaging a truly excellent.

    I would have gone for this setup without question, but the 1.3 SE's need a lot of free space in which to operate (about three feet from the back and side walls) and unfortunately this was not possible in my room. You are right, though, they do need a good processor and amps...!
     
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    I heard some Dynaudio 1.1 at my dealer driven by a 13 watt (!) valve pre-power combo, just one word: marvellous!<br />Even with that low power the kicked (b)ass. He doesn't have any of the floorstanders but I could imagine they are even better (1.8 or 3.0).

    Room wouldn't be a problem in my case (in fact I lost some bass after I moved) but they deserve better than my Yammy amp - or should I ... nohhhhh. <img src="rolleyes.gif" border="0">

    <br />Haven't heard the JDC series, those kind of speakers are not that common here actually. Unless you know where to find the dealer, and that might not be easy, either. (But where is a will there is a way ...)<br />If I stumble across them I will surely want to listen to them.
     
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    Hi!

    I also own Sonus Faber speakers and agree that they're not as exposed as they should be.<br />I have the feeling that everyone that listen to them (and have money for them...) probably ends up buying them.

    I auditioned at home with my setup against Dynaudio Contour 1.1, which I believe are great speakers. I always though that when my time would come, I would end up buying Dynaudio, but after comparing them with SF Signum, I felt they were more revealing. Still I think that Dynaudio are great speakers. My audition also included SF Concerto and Monitor Audio GR10. At the end, my order of preference was:

    1. SF Signum<br />2. Dynaudio 1.1<br />3. SF Concerto<br />4. MA GR10

    I have SF Signum for fronts, Solo center and Wall for rears. The sub is a REL Strata III complemented by TAG's DVD32R player, AV32R pre and Rotel RMB1095 power amp. I thing the sound is excellent.

    I have this setup for a month now, but I haven't been able to play with it as much as I would like, so, it is probably not broken in yet.<br />BTW, what do you think I will gain by breaking in the speakers?

    NS
     
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    I might upgrade to Tag AV32R + more Rotel next week.<br />Did you try the Concerto Home, apparently it is better then the previous Concertos.<br />If they are this good, I wonder how good the Signums are... <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">
     
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    Hi!

    Yes, I believe it was the Concerto Home (not 100% sure, though). When I first audition all the speakers at the store, the Dynaudio's were (to my ears) much better than both MA GR10 and the Concerto's (though the difference for the Concerto's was not as big as with the GR10's). The Dynaudio's were smoother in the upper range and more balanced.<br />Since I thought of only these three speakers, I was just about to choose the Dynaudio's when the dealer brought in the Signum's, and this was a new ballgame. The Signum's had more life while retaining composure and richness in the mids. <br />Best speakers I've ever heard up to £2000.

    Cheers,

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    Well, I did get the Tag AV32R plus another Rotel for the surround speakers. The Sonus Faber´s sound like a new set of speakers... a lot more detail, precursion even sharper... and they did sound ok with the Onkyo receiver <img src="confused.gif" border="0">
     

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