Originally Posted by mtkevin
FYI, Vanns just got a great deal on a teak Concertino Domus pair with a free pair of stands.
Great wood finish, really sleek and refined. Outstanding audio from a demo I had as well. They've got them for sale on their site:http://www.vanns.com/shop/servlet/it..._c=site_search
I got in on that as well, just got mine yesterday, the stands are HEAVY! Base is solid iron, weighs a ton, the pillar is lovely finished wood. I had a hard time putting the screws into the stands though, it took quite a bit of effort and I dont have a power screw driver. But its done now and it looks great. The speakers are smaller than what I had in mind based on the pictures. I also dont quite understand how the woofer is supposed to be 6". It looks much smaller in person.
The finish and build quality on the speakers are superb, and live up to Sonus Faber standards. I am driving them with Onkyo 9555 replacing Martin Logan Motion 4's. Keep in mind these are very early impressions, I'll post some more after some break in over the next week.
The Motion 4's are brighter, have more sizzle in top end, but can end up sounding a bit too bright with some music and heavy rock, metal will have cymbals dominate the music a bit too much. The Fabers are a lot more neutral sounding, and have a more airy, natural sounding treble.
The bass is lighter and not as deep on the Motion 4 which everyone knows I guess. At first when I saw the Faber's woofer, I wasnt sure if it was gonna do bass well, but to my surprise they sound quite full. You'll need a sub for the absolute lower end though, but nevertheless, they are quite impressive. Bass is not extremely tight though, I've heard the Cremona auditors and know what tight bass is like, these arent quite at the same level (obviously looking at the price tags). Bass drum on Steely Dan's Aja was much tighter and focussed on those, and Lee Ritenours - Wes Bound sounded great but I was yearning for a little more snap and control. But this may well be the amp's limitations showing or break in required on the speakers. This is usually an area where I see huge improvements with higher quality amps so I may well have to go in for something better.
The mids are where its at though. Definitely more natural sounding. The Motion 4's tend to sound forward and slightly thin in comparison, but they are tight and crisp, so no slouch, but the Fabers are a bit more relaxed and natural sounding, with music just flowing through.
So far so good I guess, I like that I was finally able to get a Sonus Faber speaker at my price point. Oh and also the color of the wood on the speaker isnt quite the same as whats shown in the picture on their site, theirs looks a bit more towards Maple than teak. The actual speaker is a proper shade of teak. Google teak and hit images and see the first one, color is like that.
Overall great deal I think, and the stands were the reason I jumped on these. They are made for each other so well, I cant imagine the Domus without them.