Jump to content

Sign in to follow this  
Rob V

Sonus faber Owners & Discussion Thread

Recommended Posts

Does anyone have a pair of Sonus Faber Homage Amati Tradition Speakers. If so, is it a reasonable upgrade to the preceding Amati Futura series.  How are people finding these speakers.  We currently own a pair of Sonus Faber Amati Futura and love em. 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The Amati Futura are worth keeping just based on their looks.In my opinion the most beautiful speaker ever made.

Newer models do not always sound better.Quite often they are changed to be more "impressive" sounding or to measure better but that does not mean they are more musically engaging .

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Had a good listen to some good Sonus Fabers at West Coast Hifi Midland Perth, very nice room setup

 

The older Amati are classic beauty against the impressive $70k Cremonese and $18k Olympica III and the $6k Krix Esoterix Altum were no slouches either.

 

The Amati were very gutsy, Cremonese a giant room filler, Olympica voiced nicely and Krix fast sounding and agile

9F92C5B1-CF1D-4941-B08C-5FAB2FFEE8F8.jpeg

6664E662-4FE7-4B8C-99D6-F55B39CE891F.jpeg

2275175E-483C-4F27-89C6-6B81FC7F583E.jpeg

9ECD7A9E-59F4-4B11-8641-F5221BCB4F9B.jpeg

Edited by Al.M

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

They make some tasty stuff.

 

I hope other Sonus Faber owners have the time to post their thoughts. I'd would be keen to hear them.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites


This is the one I like.The Amati Futura .Unfortunately no longer made.The most beautiful of all the Sonus Fabers  and as good on vocals as any speaker I have heard.The massive chrome steel column at the back was there for more than just looks.

image.png.cece70ca7516117b8076929a2d5ad02b.png

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The Olympica models use a Paralaminar stealth flow vented system at the back of the cabinet seen in the below pics as chrome mesh things.

 

In that room the bass was good but a little tubby, other than that they were extremely good highs, mids and bass with good imaging and musicality. 

 

We brought our own Hypex N500 mono 400w 8 ohm amps custom built by Chamila in Perth. 

C91CFA37-3251-4823-909E-5A272E6E9939.jpeg

55850BE8-A41F-4F1C-949B-38670AF6F2FD.jpeg

EC210AD9-7F15-4E11-A704-22A42EDBD904.jpeg

Edited by Al.M

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

@Al.M

 

Did the old Amati outperform the Olympica? Haven't heard the Olympica range but everyone I know who has preferred the old Cremona series. Even had a retailer here in Brisbane who sells Sonus Faber rubbish the Olympica line and modern Sonus Faber's in general.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites


11 minutes ago, kelossus said:

@Al.M

 

Did the old Amati outperform the Olympica? Haven't heard the Olympica range but everyone I know who has preferred the old Cremona series. Even had a retailer here in Brisbane who sells Sonus Faber rubbish the Olympica line and modern Sonus Faber's in general.

I've heard the old Cremona and also one of the Olympica models (can't remember which one,  but retail was higher than the Cremona).

No question in my mind that the Cremona was better

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Interesting - I was the original purchaser of these Amatis in the late 1990’s, from Vince Ross Audio - pair serial number 459 - nice to see that they are still in fine condition. Traded them back to Vince for Stradivaris, which I still own.

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The original RRP of these Amatis was $37,000 not ($20k). The Olympia lll s (only heard a few times and not in my home) are very fine, but in my opinion can not touch the original Amatis. That said the Amati is not in the the same league as the Stradivari - l remember unboxing and setting up the Strads and from the first note I never ever thought about the Amatis ever again..................each improvement in amplification is clearly revealed. 

 

Often inexperienced/uninformed punters post the essential need for lots of power with these speakers - cobblers. Eighteen to about 80 watts of high quality SET  power is  more than one would reasonably need in in a domestic situation- provided you listening room isn’t a basketball court.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
4 hours ago, kelossus said:

Did the old Amati outperform the Olympica

To me they didn’t, just different voicing. The Amati have a heavier bass and more laid back with tamish treble response, which is good for those who like that and seemed to have a lot of drive, naturally perhaps so with larger twin 8 inch Scanspeak carbon drivers, 7 inch Scanspeak carbon midbass woofer assigned to midrange duties and 2000 era best of Scanspeak Revelator 9900 tweeter.

 

Whereas,  the Olympica III is using modern in-house SF drivers (see article https://www.avhub.com.au/news/hi-fi/sonus-faber-il-cremonese-411001), twin 6 inch paper cone woofers, similar but 5 inch midrange and some kind of fabric dome tweeter (pictures below) resulting in a lighter faster sound, midrange was more coherent and tweeter balanced for elevated detail or intensity. The cabinet build quality and the woofer venting system though impressive in theory may only achieve what a traditional bass port does, no internet articles to support what it is otherwise.

 

I heard the Cremona equivalent to the Olympica III using similar sized drivers but all Scanspeak paper slit cone Revelator range and the miserable (to me at least the most boring cheap tweeter of that era) Vifa XT 19 or 25 ring radiator $30-40 tweeter unit. I was never impressed with this speaker, nice looking and great cabinet but boring as bat excreta.

 

My comments above are not based on ownership of those speakers so I can’t say that I have spent enough personal time with them to further support my impressions of them.

8A275861-050A-4314-B342-E99EDB11BB1C.jpeg

32E3481D-88AB-49CE-8EF2-D18D16DC123F.jpeg

CF6933F6-5B84-4AC3-9A31-93DA805A55BE.jpeg

Edited by Al.M

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites


Guest Music monster

I herd a pair of Sonus Faber,cart remember the model . They were $ 130 grand a pair driven by flagship mcintosh amplification . The sound was excellent, Effortless very rich and lush sounding. Just wanted to listen all day. Gary the music monster 🎶

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 04/08/2019 at 7:42 PM, Smp said:

Interesting - I was the original purchaser of these Amatis in the late 1990’s, from Vince Ross Audio - pair serial number 459 - nice to see that they are still in fine condition. Traded them back to Vince for Stradivaris, which I still own.

 

 

Still one of the best speakers I’ve heard the Stradivari. If I didn’t love my JBL Everest so much this is what I’d own simply awesome.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, Music monster said:

I herd a pair of Sonus Faber,cart remember the model . They were $ 130 grand a pair driven by flagship mcintosh amplification . The sound was excellent, Effortless very rich and lush sounding. Just wanted to listen all day.

That would be the Aida. Lovely sounding speakers.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites


Guest Music monster
1 minute ago, Ittaku said:

That would be the Aida. Lovely sounding speakers.

Thanks con they were the ones.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 03/08/2019 at 9:30 PM, Al.M said:

Had a good listen to some good Sonus Fabers at West Coast Hifi Midland Perth, very nice room setup

 

The older Amati are classic beauty against the impressive $70k Cremonese and $18k Olympica III and the $6k Krix Esoterix Altum were no slouches either.

 

The Amati were very gutsy, Cremonese a giant room filler, Olympica voiced nicely and Krix fast sounding and agile

9F92C5B1-CF1D-4941-B08C-5FAB2FFEE8F8.jpeg

6664E662-4FE7-4B8C-99D6-F55B39CE891F.jpeg

2275175E-483C-4F27-89C6-6B81FC7F583E.jpeg

9ECD7A9E-59F4-4B11-8641-F5221BCB4F9B.jpeg

That looks like a fun afternoon!

 

I've had a pair of Amati Anniversarios since about 2009 and love them. I've yet to hear anything that would tempt me  to change them for, unless we're talking serious dollars ( The Kyron Kronos system and the big active SGRs come to mind ) and even then, there were some things that I thought the Amatis did a bit better.

 

I've not had a listen to any of the newer Sonus Fabers so cant comment on them in comparison.

 

 

IMG_5406.JPG.5e1a3489e7d99e8d2e67b4af6280bee8.JPGIMG_5392.JPG.159ed43fc308b536e7b6454cbbfad819.JPG

Edited by pine weasel

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 04/08/2019 at 5:29 PM, kelossus said:

@Al.M

 

Did the old Amati outperform the Olympica? Haven't heard the Olympica range but everyone I know who has preferred the old Cremona series. Even had a retailer here in Brisbane who sells Sonus Faber rubbish the Olympica line and modern Sonus Faber's in general.

I've got an older concertino and ive heard the olympica 1.  While it is a nice speaker, its not my cup of tea.

Not the same without Franco Serblin.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have owned a pair of Amati Homage speakers for approx. 10 years using various amplifiers.

The Amatis sound the best from my experience with the grunt of class A amps. 

Either tube (Icon  Audio) or solid state (Passlabs)  class A  or equal the speakers just come alive.

Note: If you like an analytical sound this combination is not for you.

If you like a solid base, natural mid and highs then there is no better in their price range.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

There are a lot of speakers would appear to keep pace with the Amati depending what you like most such as 

VAF I93 & 66, ATC SM40, many ESLs, Yamaha NS5000, SF Olympica III, bigger more expensive SF and Kef Blade etc.

 

Edited by Al.M

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
3 minutes ago, Al.M said:

There are a lot of speakers would appear to keep pace with the Amati depending what you like most such as 

VAF I93 & 66, ATC SM40, many ESLs, Yamaha NS5000, SF Olympica III, bigger more expensive SF and Kef Blade etc.

 

Before I listen to any speakers I tap the sides. If it sounds solid it tells me generally what to expect. The Amatis weigh 75 kg each which tells you how structurally solid they are. Lenehan Audio also put a lot of effort into their cabinet structure which provides a a non distorted sound. Not many speakers that I have heard can equal this.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
12 minutes ago, BAM said:

structurally solid

Is not the only factor in good speaker design, instead good driver quality, selection, matching and crossover integration is far more important.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

i have a pair of SF Liuto's. I adore them and have always lusted after SF loudspeakers since selling them at Challenge HiFi in Adelaide. At the time i was enamoured with the Grand Piano's and the Concertinos. 

These Liutos came along 2nd hand and i grabbed them. 

I drive them with a quassimodo amplifier and mostly a project RPM5 Carbon with a 2m Blue Cartridge and Vincent Phono Stage.


It all seems to work pretty well.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Sign in to follow this  

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

×
×
  • Create New...