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    Default I was looking at the Sonus Faber site this morning...

    ...in an effort to answer a question from a co-worker and I noticed that they have done something spiffy. They have re-released the Minima loudspeaker. This was one of the pearls from Sonus Faber past that got them all the attention they currently enjoy. Yeah, not a Polk Audio thing but these are audio history. I remember seeing these at The Wiz and thinking that they were small. But they were showcased and the sales dude would not let us little kids near them because they "cost more than my dad could afford". What pricks. Anyway, something neat to check out! They were game changers for alot of people and if the price is right, probably worth owning.

    http://www.sonusfaber.com/eng/collec...ge_minima.html

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    Oh and they aren't real sensitive so you need a good deal of power to drive them well at reasonable listening levels. But they handle 25W-100W but I honestly wouldn't go less than 40 watts on them. They are bass reflex but the driver is heavy and can get muddy at low power levels. Oh and they are 8 ohms as well. I've seen prices between $3750 and $4600 a pair. When you look at the prices of say LSi25's or other comparable towers these aren't that unattainable. But you can dip in to the SF brand at around a grand for the Toy series Monitor until the end of the year.

    If you do get them, I would recommend tube power. Good, clean tube power. Every set of Sonus Fabers I have heard on tubes just shines! The best I heard were an old set of bookshelfs at a customer's house when I was a wire running lacky for a friend. I can't even remember the name but this was back in the mid to late 90's. All I remember are the gold Sonus Faber badges on the speakers and huge gold brick Conrad-Johnson amps and they just sounded so natural. Like they weren't even there.
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    I heard a set of Sonus Fabers about 7 years ago. At the time, I had never heard of them (because they were outta my price consideration). They weren't even set up in an optimal system. They were only powered by a Yamaha receiver and they were placed on a counter-top/bookshelf area. Even at that, they sounded amazing. I can only imagine how good they would be with proper stand mounting and quality tube power. droool...

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    Sonus Faber does make great speakers, no matter where you can get into their line. Some of the 90's stuff is a little ugly to me, but if you like quality Italian...

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    If you like the Sonus Faber look and sound, but not the price - check out Opera speakers.

    That being said, I'd take a 10 year old pair of Grand Piano's anyday and be all but DONE.
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    Looks nice! The Sonus Faber's have always piked my interest.

    One thing that I don't understand...is some of these manufacturers choices in pictures. There's not a single picture on there that I can find...that shows the entire speaker. It's a bunch of closeups of various parts.

    I wanna see the whole speaker dammit!
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    Here:



    Stop crying already.



    Oh and if anyone wants the U.S. Distributor, here:

    http://www.sumikoaudio.net/
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    Cool...that's what I wanted to see! Some very nice looking bookshelves.

    I'm sure I could have found those with a quick google search, it was more of an observation than a complaint.

    I've seen the same things on several websites...tons of closeups, but not a single picture of the whole speaker. I'm not sure why that is...
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    Because Sonus Faber loudspeakers are as much of a detailed work of art in the physical aspect as they are in the engineering aspect. They are the "high end" of audio and the prices reflect that. But peruse the Sumiko site and look at all the offerings.

    Sumiko also offers Vienna Acoustics which are artwork in and of themselves as well. They are outstanding performers too. I have had first hand experience with them. A friend of mine, his father just replaced a 20 year old pair of Snell Acoustic loudspeakers with Vienna Acoustics Heritage Series Mahler v1.5's. He got a good deal on them because of the favorable exchange rate. He also owns one of the few pieces of Linn gear I have ever had the pleasure of laying eyes on. His Mahlers are piano black and he has a silver Linn MAJIK-I integrated amplifier. He has this crazy turntable that I have never heard of before and that's pretty much it. He has a glass shelved stand that makes it all look like it's hovering in space. He dropped a pretty big dime on it but after his divorce he went and got his mid-life crisis stuff.

    I just wish I had known he was selling the Snells. I would have snapped them up in a jiffy.

    Oh and Sumiko is also an REL dealer. Top notch subs but you'll probably have to sell your first born to afford one.
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    I'm getting a pair of these to play with next month.

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    What, the Minimas?
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    If my friend gets them in, absolutely.

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    sweet
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    I got to spend some quality time with a set of Guarneri Memento's back in November. What stunningly beautiful speakers. Great sound. Great looks. What more could one want? I guess that's how it should be at 16k.

    I somehow lost a lot of the pics I took of em', but here are a few I managed to locate:

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    This is one company where you just can't go wrong. Every model is top notch. My favorite is the Concertino.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zero View Post
    I got to spend some quality time with a set of Guarneri Memento's back in November. What stunningly beautiful speakers. Great sound. Great looks. What more could one want? I guess that's how it should be at 16k.

    I somehow lost a lot of the pics I took of em', but here are a few I managed to locate:
    beautiful speaks Sean. I wonder why they don't make the Classic line finish to their Homage, as far as making them glossy.
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    I had the opportunity to listen to a pair of the Cremona Elipsa's for about an hour, with my choice of the available CD's. I think they were being powered by all Conrad Johnson gear IIRC. What does that commercial say to do if you have an erection for more than 4 hrs :D
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    What does that commercial say to do if you have an erection for more than 4 hrs
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    Quote Originally Posted by F1nut View Post
    Get another hooker because the first one is worn out.
    After that...find the nearest women's prison & have a go at it!!! I'm sure you'll even be invited back.
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    I have lusted after some Sonus Faber Cremona Auditor Ms after hearing them at an audio boutique in Berkeley.
    However, i like the versatility if the HT LSi setup I currently have and could not justify merely using the Faber's for 2 channel music.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RuSsMaN View Post
    If you like the Sonus Faber look and sound, but not the price - check out Opera speakers.

    That being said, I'd take a 10 year old pair of Grand Piano's anyday and be all but DONE.
    always wondered why people phrase it this way. this means that you can be anything but done, or that after you get the 10 year old pair of Grand Piano's, you would be looking to replace them shortly, within this context. The correct usage should be "nothing but DONE"
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    Thanks, professor. :)

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    I haven't heard a bad pair of SF yet.

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