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OK, to update this thread, I finally visited my local HIFI house to audition some speakers.
First up are the speakers I specifically went there for, The Paradigm Signature S6. Right off the bat they were beautiful looking speakers. However, once we started playing them I was turned off immediately. Thley had none of the full sound I was looking for. The midrange was less that detailed, if anything I would say it was overwhelmed. We werent even playing it loud but the instruments in the music just seemed to overlap each other. There was no soundstage or definition. I was less than enthused and was now looking at other speakers they offered.
Next up were the Totem Forest. I really like the Totem brand as I have the Hawks in my 2-channel system downstairs. These sounded fantastic as expected but I didnt want these type of speakers in my home theater...so moving on.
Lastly the rep suggested I listen to Sonus Faber as it has the same sound quality as the Totem. I listened to one set in their theater room(I forget the model but it was a new one) and it sounded pretty good. Nice and detailed with a very dimensional midrange which was what I was looking for. Unfortunately with these, they just didnt have any height to them. The sound stage was flat even though it was wide. Instruments were separated but they never got above the speakers. Any live recordings sounded like the stage was on the same plane as my seat. Wasnt like other speakers, the Totem, that gave me the impression I was looking up a bit to hear it. They were around 2k each but didnt impress me enough to say Yeah I want them.
Then the rep said he had something for me and led me to another room. In this room was a set of Sonus Faber Cremona M speakers. Apparently these are discontinued now but they were absolutely gorgeous. We listened to the same tracks as on the other speakers and the room came alive. Instruments were detailed and placed accordingly. The height on movie tracks were imaged very well and again very detailed. They got so low in full range without a sub on that I felt hits in my chest and feet. Impressive to say the least.
Ok, so the bad part. The rep said he would give me the floor models of these Cremona's for half off since they were being discontinued. Half off a lot of money is still a lot of money. The full set of front 3 and the 2 rear speakers would run me around 11.5k. Normally these would be around 20k+. They offered me 0% financing for 18 months on anything which made it a little more acceptable. However, 11k is still a tough pill to swallow.
The whole time I kept thinking about the other speakers I was wavering on like the JTR for 3.5k and the Triad for a little more than that. Paying half of the price of these Cremonas for speakers that are very well regarded is more palatable for me.
So, after all that, has anyone ever heard these Sonus Fabers before and what did you think? Is it worth the step up for speakers that look absolutely beautiful but probably perform the same as the lesser priced speakers aforementioned?
I keep thinking that even if I just ordered up the JTR's and didnt like them, I probably wouldnt have a hard time selling them pretty quickly. But if I liked them it would be money well spent.