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#46 Valavien.

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Posted 24 February 2012 - 09:49 AM

Reading about these speakers makes me want to listen some Sonus Faber gear

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 04:09 AM

...if you're paying $120k for speakers, you're buying Aston Martin, ferrari, Lamborghini, etc, not an ordinary Porsche boxster...


I do know that one of the first buyers runs around in one of these:

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 04:18 AM

I never got to hear the mark IIs, but by all accounts they were a bit brighter and rockier with slightly better bass performance. I have heard the Guarneri homages and they are truly wonderful speakers imho - easily better than my electa amators. I had the chance to buy a 2nd hand pair in December 2010 for the bargain price of 4.5k, but sadly, I was purchasing my Clearaudio table and couldn't afford both. If they were available now, I'd ****** them up to be honest. I've heard the extrema, and would classify it as a much beefier sounding speaker, but sadly, my amps would never do it justice.

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Now you see my point. Many hard core Sonus guys had nothing but contempt for the EAII saying Franco had moved away from the Sonus faber they knew and loved. Replacing the large dome with the smaller one made no sense to them. Ironically, many of the people grousing about Sonus' direction today are complaining because Sonus has returned to large soft domes instead of using Franco's chosen ring radiators. Go figure.

You can never go wrong with Guarneri Homage. It is for me the most important speaker in Sonus history. It easily bests EA and EAII. The Extrema is not my cup of tea but for those who have what is necessary to drive it, it too is a classic.

Perhaps you'll be fortunate enough to find another pair of GH at that kind of price. :o

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 04:22 AM

Reading about these speakers makes me want to listen some Sonus Faber gear


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Posted 28 February 2012 - 11:11 AM

Dave,

Now you see my point. Many hard core Sonus guys had nothing but contempt for the EAII saying Franco had moved away from the Sonus faber they knew and loved. Replacing the large dome with the smaller one made no sense to them. Ironically, many of the people grousing about Sonus' direction today are complaining because Sonus has returned to large soft domes instead of using Franco's chosen ring radiators. Go figure.

You can never go wrong with Guarneri Homage. It is for me the most important speaker in Sonus history. It easily bests EA and EAII. The Extrema is not my cup of tea but for those who have what is necessary to drive it, it too is a classic.

Perhaps you'll be fortunate enough to find another pair of GH at that kind of price. ;)


I always saw your point re: the speaker sound quality change (I prefer the older traditional SF units than the newer units). When one considers a SF speaker, one does so for musicality, warmth, engrossing performance, and of course, their beautiful looks.

If I have the funds and another Guarneri Homage comes up for sale, I'll be all over it like a fat kid on a cupcake ;-)

Don't get me wrong, I love my Elector Amators, they have many of the same qualities as the Guarneri Homage units, but without some of the extra refinements imho. The only drawback of course is their sensitivity. I'd love to see SF make a horn speaker - that would be freakin' awesome!

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 05:08 PM

If anyone is interested in Melbourne, CAV are taking "appointments" for auditions on the Aida's now....

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 05:26 PM

We should organise an SNA group to have a listen

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 05:44 PM

As wonderful as they probably are, $120K spent on speakers is an obscene waste of money.

Just iMO, take it or leave it, I don't mind either way ;)


There is no such thing as an obscene waste of money - unless the money was come by using obscene methods.

The argument about what those obscene methods are is a whole other debate.
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Posted 06 March 2012 - 09:41 AM

There is no such thing as an obscene waste of money - unless the money was come by using obscene methods.

The argument about what those obscene methods are is a whole other debate.


i dunno, ask Nigel or a few others round here if they think 120k on passive speakers is an obscene waste... :confused:

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 07:09 AM

I work with a billionaire and several millionairs, from my perspective, $120k on speakers is not as obscene as you may think.

I work with a billionaire and several millionairs, from my perspective, $120k on speakers is not as obscene as you may think.


I have always wondered what speakers well off musicians use? Some of them are not short of cash but do they have expensive speakers?.

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 09:59 AM

I saw these in the flesh last month at the Melbourne based SF distribution office Synergy AV. They are a very sexy speaker.

My first impression of they was "Wow, these are a seriously stunning speaker". I only had a quick listen, none the less they engaged me immediately. (the speakers had just come out of their wooden crates)

I will return and have another listen when they have a few more hours under their belt.


 

 


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Posted 24 March 2012 - 03:54 PM

I have always wondered what speakers well off musicians use? Some of them are not short of cash but do they have expensive speakers?.


My experience with musicians is that they use their imagination and memory of sound and music a lot more than I do. Many do this so well they are happy with little tabletop systems. Some want the concert or practice room experience in their room and spend up big to reproduce it.

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