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The KEF R900's are really nice looking. I have never heard KEF speakers before,so say they can be bright.
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They're not unnaturally bright. They're definitely able to accurately reproduce instruments that require high pitches. One thing that I've noticed about the r series is that the highs scale in size equal to the midrange and bass. Possibly more than I'd care for due to the fact that I don't have any room treatment.

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Decided to just stick with the veneres. No kef for me. I'll be sure to go to my buddies house to do a full evaluation of them before my final writeup of this journey.

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Decided to just stick with the veneres. No kef for me. I'll be sure to go to my buddies house to do a full evaluation of them before my final writeup of this journey.
You can never go wrong with Sonus Faber speakers! Great choice.
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You can never go wrong with Sonus Faber speakers! Great choice.
Agreed but taste are different so one should always use their ears as to what sound good. Personally I like B&W 80Diamond series, Sonus Faber Olympica and Elipsa SE, KEF LS50 and Blades and Tannoy Definition speakers
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Considering starting a thread that involves a daily log in from me crying about how my speakers aren't here yet lol. YouTubemakes things ssoomuch worse

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Sonus Faber Toy Tower 1) sound quality 2) are leather finishes real?

Does anyone have insight into the Sonus Faber Toy Tower?

1) Sound quality?
I listened to these in dealer listening room conditions and they were decent, how is the sound quality on these things when positioned right close to a wall? I expect to use the loudspeaker:
- primarily for 2.0 or 2.1 channel music listening in a room that is about 12 ft x 12 foot with ceiling just under 7 foot
- it may later become 80% music 20% movie duty, either in 2.1 or 3.1 channel format, a room that is about 15 deep, maybe 25ft wide and ceiling size ranges from 6 foot to about 10

Key context is that in either room, the only possible placement will be with 1 speaker right up in a corner (half a foot from side wall, a foot from back wall) and another one about same distance to back wall. Are these speakers doable in that location?

2) Finishes?
I see that the speakers come in an oak veneer and then lacquered white or black (wood?). Then there are "classic leather" and "barred leather" finishes. But it's hard to tell from the pics if these are are these real natural leather or are they plastic/"pleather"/"leatherette"?
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Does anyone have insight into the Sonus Faber Toy Tower?

1) Sound quality?
I listened to these in dealer listening room conditions and they were decent, how is the sound quality on these things when positioned right close to a wall? I expect to use the loudspeaker:
- primarily for 2.0 or 2.1 channel music listening in a room that is about 12 ft x 12 foot with ceiling just under 7 foot
- it may later become 80% music 20% movie duty, either in 2.1 or 3.1 channel format, a room that is about 15 deep, maybe 25ft wide and ceiling size ranges from 6 foot to about 10

Key context is that in either room, the only possible placement will be with 1 speaker right up in a corner (half a foot from side wall, a foot from back wall) and another one about same distance to back wall. Are these speakers doable in that location?

2) Finishes?
I see that the speakers come in an oak veneer and then lacquered white or black (wood?). Then there are "classic leather" and "barred leather" finishes. But it's hard to tell from the pics if these are are these real natural leather or are they plastic/"pleather"/"leatherette"?
I am a proud owner of the Toy Towers. Have been for over 4 years now (I purchased the original "barred leather' finish, back in the day when that was the only option available). I am on the road now, so I can't elaborate, but in short these are simply fantastic, at or above their price point. They are open, detailed, throw a big, precise soundstage, and offer more than a hint of the classic Sf "warmth" and romanticism, yet are a little more exciting and dynamic. Google Michael Fremer's original review for Home Theater magazine. I actually agree with all his points.

In my set-up, powered by a Prima Luna DiaLogue integrated with KT-88's, and with an Oppo 105 as the digital source, they sound incredible with classical, heavy metal, soundtracks, jazz and even in a 5.1 set-up as well. They produce plenty of real bass as well, specially in a small room. For less than $3K, you are getting a beautifully handcrafted product, still made in Italy. The Veneres have their own set of strengths and virtues, but to me, for the same price, there is no comparison: I'd go with the Italian-made Sf over the new Chinese product any day of the week.

There is a reason why these are still in production, even when the Chinese-made Venere line was supposed to replace them.

A photo from a few months ago. Cabling now is all Nordost, and the Oppo 95 was replaced by the 105. The Sf + tubes + Oppo + Nordost combination offers great synergy.

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Key context is that in either room, the only possible placement will be with 1 speaker right up in a corner (half a foot from side wall, a foot from back wall) and another one about same distance to back wall. Are these speakers doable in that location?
If you buy them locally, the dealer should help you set them up and optimize their position. Just moving my Olympica IIIs 2" further from the back wall made a HUGE difference in sound (and my right speaker is in a corner as well).
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Thanks for the feedback and pics - nice setup!

Looking at the picture you posted I see you have them in a more ideal location than I'd be able to do. I get the sense overall its a good speaker, my line of questioning is more directed at figuring out whether I would be wasting my money on them in the room position that I am forced to use. Have you at any point had these speakers pushed right back up against the wall?

Also this "barred leather" finish - it is real leather? And do you happen to have any close up images?
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Thanks for the feedback and pics - nice setup!

Looking at the picture you posted I see you have them in a more ideal location than I'd be able to do. I get the sense overall its a good speaker, my line of questioning is more directed at figuring out whether I would be wasting my money on them in the room position that I am forced to use. Have you at any point had these speakers pushed right back up against the wall?

Also this "barred leather" finish - it is real leather? And do you happen to have any close up images?
I'm afraid I do not have any experience with other set-ups and positioning in my room. I CAN testify to all previous comments regarding what a huge difference a fraction of an inch makes during set-up. My pair was actually (and masterfully) set-up by Bill Peugh of Sumiko. I originally had them "almost" in the same spot that you see in the photo. He spent about 2/3 hours setting them up and the final position ended up being an inch or two away here and there (he also adjusted the raking, angle, etc). Very considerable difference afterwards.

Not sure this is "real" leather. What is, nowadays? Even Sf $30K+ models use real "ecologically conscious" leather, whatever that really means. Does it LOOK and FEEL real? Yes. Does it look beautifully handcrafted (unlike the Veneres)? Yes. Is it Olympica/Cremona quality? No.

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Here is another image that illustrates the "before and after" positioning of the Toy towers in my room. Blue tapes shows where the speaker's spikes and feet used to reside.


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Hey there,

I never pop into this thread as not an owner etc but I was trying out some additional speakers a few days ago and I listened to the Olympica 1 for about 1.5 hours. I have heard them before and set-up probably not great as most Magnolias but this time it was a much better set-up. To be honest, in the past, I have heard the Cremonas and always thought the sound was a bit flat for my tastes but this last addition I came away quite impressed with the Olympica.

A couple of my CDs that are not the best recordings sounded a bit flat but others sounded fantastic. Boy, acoustic guitar and vocals sounded outstanding and imaging was very very good. I came away quite surprised that this time the sound was much more to my liking. Very nice speakers for sure and great looking to boot.

It was nice to have a bit of change of heart. Better set-up and good recordings can do that I guess. Gear was Mcintosh and Arcam CDP.

I bet for a combo HT and stereo set-up it would be a terrific combo. The center appears to be first rate and I bet movie soundtracks and blu-ray concerts would shine (my passion-concerts).

Sounded great. Nice speakers fellas. Enjoy your SFs!



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