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Old 02-26-2017, 08:07 AM
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Tom & Tony,

Thanks for the info on the Sumiko.

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Phew! It's been quite a journey to the Strads;

Heybrook HB1
Mission 70
Mission 751
SF Concertina
B&W P5
Wilson Benesh Orator
Dynaudio 72's
ATC SCM 50 Actives
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The Strads rule them all, and will be with me forever!
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For me it was since day 1 I was into hifi I loved their design the most, but I couldn't afford the ones I wanted at that time (18 years old), so I went other speakers first.

Focal Profile 908
Usher Mini Dancer1 with BE tweeter
Wilson Benesch ARC
Sonus Faber Cremona Auditor
Sonus Faber Cremona Auditor M
Sonus Faber Guarneri Memento
Sonus Faber Cremona Auditor M
Focal Electra 1008BEII
Bowers & Wilkins 804D3

I still miss the way the Guarneri's reproduced music, and the way they looked. Because of that I also found them to be very difficult to sell at that time. Countless times I've put them online only to take them offline a day later because it just felt wrong to sell them xD
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Beginning in the Early 70's:
Genisis 2
Magies III
Kef 104.2
B&W 803d
PMC EB1i
Acoustic Zen Crescendos
Strads

Loved all of them.
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Dave.......My Sonus faber journery began with the SF Cremona Auditors, then the Guarneri Memento's, and now the Amati Anniversario's. The Cremona Auditors were surprisingly good at their price point. The Guarneri Memento's were excellent, especially once I added subwoofers and a Bryston 10B Sub active crossover to the mix. I now have the Amati Anniversario speakers in Graphite and absolutely love them. Pure music.
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My path to SF was pretty straight forward. I had just sold my large Hales System 2 signatures and needed a speaker that would fit my new small dedicated room. My dealer had the last two pairs of GH's that were imported into the US. He told me that the new Mementos were on order and that he needed to move the GH's to make room for the Mementos. Since I needed a small speaker and the price was in budget, the rest seemed like a no brainer. I had heard the pair of GH's in his store before and thought they were ok, although he didn't really have them optimized..So therefore I thought with a little luck I could make them sound better in my system. Once I had them installed, I knew that they were keepers...the difference between the in store demo and my room was huge! These were definitely the horse for this course, lol. After a few years I matched them up with my ARC D70mk 2 and once again, the GH's took off!
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Thanks all for your posts. It's been interesting to read how others landed on SF speakers.

I've recently installed a Lyra Etna cartridge and it has pushed my system in exactly the direction I was hoping. While I love the warmth and bloom of the Futuras, I was missing some of the dynamic slam, detail and extension that I had with the Sashas. The Etna retains all of the midrange warmth and bloom of the Air Tight PC1, but with greater high and low extension and dynamics. In some systems it might be too lean, but seems just right with the Amati Futuras and Doshi tube electronics. Just another reminder to me that it's all about the total system, not the individual components.
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For years while my son was growing up I had a pair of Allison Acoustics model 3 corner speakers - good sound in their day, and very safe placement. When he was older and our financial situation allowed for more discretionary spending, I started the search for speakers and fell in love with the SF Concerto Domus. They sounded better than anything else in the old Magnolia HiFi showroom (the limit of my budget at the time). I also thought they were the best looking speakers, with their beautiful wood finish and graceful form, and I could just afford them. I've been a sucker for Franco Serblin's designs ever since, going from the Concertos to Cremona Auditor Ms and finally Amati Futuras. The SF sound is just right for my listening habits and room (mostly classical, jazz, folk, but occasional heavy doses of rock and blues as well), and I still think they're one of the most beautiful speakers I've seen. My wife loves their looks and sound as well, and that's a big help. We listened to a number of different speakers before making the final decision, including Wilson, B&W, Focal, Vienna Acoustics, and Linn, and ultimately both my wife and I agreed nothing came as close to perfect for us as the AFs.
Can you please share your thoughts on the amatis vs the bw?

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I had B&W 802D's and I replaced them with Sonus Faber Amati Futura's about 2 year's ago. I was very happy with the 802's until I heard the Amati's. The main reason why I changed was the better bass response, better detail, the highs from the 802's wore you down…fatigue. My two cents is that I went from a good entry level speaker to a great....higher end sound with the Amati's. I run Classe CAM 400's with this system and I am very happy with the Sonus Faber results.

I would also state that I think the original SF Amati's look nicer than the current lineup. Just my 2 cents. I saw them at AXPONA and they look plain to me. I have the original chrome end caps and they go very well with my Grand Prix stands etc. I do have my eye on the Il Cremonese as an upgrade. I originally loved the Lilium, but I think that the Il Cremonese sound better and takes up less space.
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My travels started with the amazing Bose 301s back in the mid '70s. I the listened to a couple of pairs of what were comparatively junk speakers bought at big box retailers. About six years ago, I wanted to actually purchased some quality equipment since I could finally afford something. The wife and I were looking around and listened to some Magnepans and a few others in our <$2,000 price range when we heard some used SF Grand Piano Domus. I really liked them and my wife loved them, so we walked out with a speaker brand I had never considered owning. We greatly enjoy them but they are very polite. I considered some higher end SF, but I think I am going to get a pair of Rockport Technology Atrias if my poorly laid out room can bring out enough of their magnificence. I am always open to feedback on my system and plans.

It was great reading all of your speaker/system journeys and thoughts. ��
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