it's been a few years since a listened to SF speakers. it was at a show but it was the only system that I liked and I thought it to be comparable if not superior to all the Dynas I heard. nothing at that show was even close. I'm surprised you feel this way. I'd be perfectly happy with those speakers, such a smooth sound with deep and wide sound stage, completely detached from the boxes. very similar to Dyna sound actually. I don't recall the model but they were tall, slim and had a black finish. I'm not sure about the other drivers, but the tweeter was made by Vifa I think.
all I'm trying to say is that one has to pay that price only because they're replacement drivers and Dyna knows you need/want them. the finished product (S3.4's in your case) and the individual parts solt to you have very different profit margins. just as with most automotive manufacturers, you either replace the part or you scrap the car. and they know it.
Hi Guys, To gn77b, Was your listening experience of Dyns only at a Consumer or industry show? Also Sonus Faber Cremonas use a Ring radiating tweeter. As of a year and half ago, the Cremonas sold for $12,800.00 USD retail. Since then, I've seen them at the retailer where I once worked for $11,500 to $12,000 retail USD. A nice sounding speaker if that's your thing. I would have to describe them at system dependent. Some have even described them as a little too polite. Again, if that's your thing, great! However, I own C2s (Dynaudio Confidence Series) and I love them! After aproximately four years of listening to Cremonas, I still chose Dynaudio C2s because I found my sound. They do all of the things that are important to me correctly and with refinement. For me, they really sitr the emotions. Which speakers do you use?