Hello, I just recently purchased the concertino domus and domus center speakers. They sound great but I just had a question for other owners of the domus line of speakers. I noticed on my concertino pair that the woofers are of a different material in comparison to those on the center domus. The center domus' dual 6" woofers look just like in the pictures and brochures (typical paper coated cone with textured look on the surface(?) of the cone with vented phase plug). On the concertino speakers although the woofers have the phase plug, the surface of the cone looks different. They are smooth (not textured as in the center) looking and are shiny, appearing similar to some of the poly material woofers ive seen from other manufacturers. From far away the speakers look very similar (center and concertinos) since the woofers are black on both with the phase plugs.
So I asked my dealer about this difference and he said he had no idea and my pair were the first that he had seen like that (on the concertinos). So I called sumiko (distributor of SF in US) and someone in the tech department told me that SF recently made the change in some of their domus speakers since the new woofer had better power handling capabilities. I was concerned about issues with timbre matching (as I use these for HT as well) but he assured me that the speakers sounded the same as they would with the old woofer in the concertinos. I can't really argue with that as from my experiences so far listening to movies with panning scenes, the soundstage is seamless and I haven't come across anything odd at all.
My question to fellow AVSers is whether anyone else has the new woofers in their domus concertino speakers, or in the grand piano or concerto speakers? Thanks for reading this long post and I appreciate any responses as I am curious to see if the change has spread throughout the domus line. First picture shows same woofer as on my center channel and also on the concertinos I auditioned at the dealer. The second photo shows the woofer on my concertinos with new woofer material.