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Old 06-17-2017, 05:13 PM
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Default Ayre + Sonus Faber...Good Match??

Just wondering if anybody has experience with this combo. Thinking about picking up SF Elipsa SE to mate with my VXR/KXR Twenties. I know the 91 rating will be fine BUT not sure about the voicing. Not worried about lack of Bass but if there are any other "Red Flags" I should be concerned about. Mostly playing Classic Rock if that helps. Thanks for any input.
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Old 06-19-2017, 07:58 PM
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I have yet to hear Ayre not make any speaker sound better for my ears. Have heard the Ayre with SF's you are looking at. I went with the Vandersteen Quatro's instead, but I felt the Ayre was a great match up for the SF's. You got the amps for a reason and the SF will still sound the same as will the amps. For any music you should really enjoy that mix.
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Old 06-20-2017, 02:54 AM
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It's been a popular combo historically. If you like the SF sound, I expect you will be quite happy. Classic rock though is a strange choice for SF; typically the brand is associated with classical music fans.
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Old 06-20-2017, 09:15 AM
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I'm with Bar on that one. You really did take me a bit off guard, lol. One area I can easily see them being a good fit is because a lot of rock is so poorly recorded and the SF line is very forgiving to ragged highs. They are a musical speaker.
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I don't listen to a lot of really hard rock or metal, but I do listen to classic rock. The Elipsa SE are just mesmerizing. They have that in the room quality in spades. I loved the Elipsa SEs the first time I heard them and I still love them.

I don't have a good Ayre dealer near me so I am not that familiar with the sound. Like everything else though it really depends on how they sound together in your system.
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Thanks for the responses. A guy near me has Mcintosh with the SF Elipsa and all he listens to is classic rock and he loves the pairing. Just wanted to get some more opinions before I make a 10K mistake. Im told the Mac and Ayre Gear doesn't sound similar so trying to cover my bases. Thanks again
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SF + Rock is an atypical scenario.
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SF + Rock is an atypical scenario.


Not at my house!
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Not at my house!
1KW on this site is the guy near me that does Classic Rock + SF. I just noticed we are all in Pennsylvania. Must be something in the water causing brain damage...probably due to Fracking on the Delaware River
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I am using the QX-5 Twenty, KX-5 Twenty and VX-5 Twenty with the SF Il Cremonese. It's a fantastic match and can even play Metallica with ease (if you want to do harder stuff).
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