Originally Posted by hometheatergeek
Well Dan how did they sound?
Originally Posted by Waboman
+1. We're waiting over here.
Originally Posted by hifisponge
Hey ddgtr -
Good luck on the shoot out. As you probably know, I owned the 805Di's, but I've also listened to SFs at the local Magnolia AV. I was considering them as a replacement for the 805s as a matter of fact. The SF's sounded great from mids on up, but in the demo room there was no real bass to speak of. If you're using a sub or two though, I would imagine that they would do quite well.
The B&Ws are imaging champs, and they have exceptional resolution, but I just couldn't get past the lack of coherence between mid and tweet and the sometimes edginess of the tweet.
Of course, your milage may vary, and by no means should my opinion sway you one way or the other. I only share my opinion so that you can listen for potential issues that you may not notice otherwise in quick listen.
If you need any help with REW, drop me a line. I've been using it for the past few years.
It's coming guys...
Tim, I am also dealing with Magnolia.
One of the reasons I went there was your review of the 805's. While there, the SF's caught my eye and in their room, they sounded more musical than the 805's. Please keep in mind that HT use is not a priority for me.
The rep showed up about 1pm yesterday, but unfortunately he did not bring the 805's. He drove a Yaris, and it would not have been enough room... Also, he remembered I did not care for the 805's in the store.
Tim, you said it best about the 805's: "lack of coherence between the mids and highs" - this is why you are da man!! This was my feeling after listening to them, especially in comparison with the SF's. The finish was gorgeous though!!
We first listened to my Monitor Audio Gold Reference 20. Well, let me say that these speakers truly are good! Being used to them, I sometimes forget it but when an opportunity comes along where I can compare them with something twice their price they really shine!
In all honesty, the GR20's are way underrated. I know there have been reports of sibilance - I couldn't hear it. It's either I can't hear it, I can't hear it because of my components, it doesn't exist or the Sonus Faber's have it also!!
Helping the rep to carry the Sonus Fabers in, I couldn't help noticing how sturdy these babies are in spite of their frail look!! They are both heavy and well built! The finish is remarkable, while not as dazzling as the 805's, in person they look really classy, beautiful workmanship.
We set them up exactly where the MA's were, and started the demo. One thing for sure, the Pass amp sure made them work!!!
Vocal jazz first: Melody Gardot, Louise Rogers, Xiomara, Buika and others, then on with some rock, classical, some dynamic pop and so on.
Again, the first thing that stood out was how musical these speakers are. Warm, yet in contrast they are incredibly detailed, more detailed than I would have expected them to be (in a good way, of course). The fact that I felt compelled to keep cranking up the volume is also a testament to how easy they were to listen to. The midrange is what stands out - and I love that in a speaker - yet again, very detailed.
One of the things I thought they did better than the MA's was how well they isolated the vocals, very well placed within the soundstage. The MA's were right up there in terms of the width of the soundstage, perhaps not as much depth but I am not too sure about this...
They handled dynamic music better than I expected them to, based on my previous discussion with the rep which by the way was really knowledgeable and also a pleasant person to deal with.
One thing I've noticed - and again, I'm not 100% sure - they were not as "fast" as the MA's with more dynamic tracks. I'll have to give it another listen... We had about three hours as the rep had to be back, so I was a bit overwhelmed by all the things I had to pay attention to. I think next time I'll just have Tim over and let him deal with it...
I also thought they did classical a bit better than the MA's. David Garrett's Stradivari sounded very lively and crystal clear. Martha Argerich piano also was very pleasant to listen to.
The conclusion you ask? Definitely tougher than they look, very well built, the cabinet workmanship is second to none, beautiful sound... I like them and I want them! They are not inexpensive (at least to me) and I think the stands are way overpriced at $1200 a pair!! I could build me some nice stands, but the original ones are gorgeous!
These is what I can remember, if I can think of more stuff I will post back.
Pics in a few minutes!