Originally Posted by Draden1
, what speakers did you enjoy the most? I see some Tekton Double Impacts there, they’ve gotten ridiculous reviews.
The Double Impacts are the upgraded model too...and they are awesome at their price point. But not my favorite speakers there. Which is saying a lot because I am a sucker for a ring radiator tweeter.
The Tektons just had way too much really good competition in the house.
The top 3 in order of my favorites are as follows:
1. Rosso Fiorentino Siena
At $25,000, they were the most expensive pair I spent time with but they also do quite literally everything exceptionally well. The imaging and sound stage was just amazing. Songs felt like live performances with amazing impact and a great dynamic range that nothing else in the house could match. I got to listen to them on the MastersounD Evolution 845 as well as the Norma Audio SC-2B pre/8.7MR Monobloc combination and they sounded flawless with both. The solid state amps gave up a TINY bit of mid range silkiness but they added a slight bit more impact at the lower registers. Honestly, either power option would be end game for almost every normal human being.
Something to note, the Sienas offered the most similar sound to my Silverline Audio Sonatinas. They took everything I love about my Silverlines and elevated it quite a bit. As well they should for 5 times the original retail price. But with my sub in the mix, I couldn't justify the extra cost unless I came into a financial windfall to be honest.
Norma Audio Stack:
2. Rosso Fiorentino Pienza
At $3500, this small in stature "compact monitor" is unbelievable. The amount of impact from the single rear posted 5" woofer is nothing short of astonishing. And the overall sound and imaging is much like the much more expensive sibling, the Siena. And while they give up a bunch of that low end and don't have quite the upper end shimmer of the Sienas, they are very good at punching WELLLLLLLL above their size and price point. I was literally stunned at the amount of bass coming from these diminutive little fellas. Imaging was that Rosso magic while the dynamics are the best I have heard from a speaker of this size.
Honestly, the Pienza is everything I am hoping for from my own DIY bookshelf project but I would be ecstatic to hit 80% of its performance.
3. Sonner Audio Allegro Unum
At just under $10,000, these stand mount monitors are something I would happily own. The magic that Gunny (Spl?, the owner of Sonner) has created with the ScanSpeak Revelator radial ring tweeter along with the magnesium woofer and a gorgeous cabinet design is quite simply astounding. I pressured myself to find anything that this gorgeous speaker didn't at least do well. And to be honest, I failed myself. If is loud, impactful, airy, composed...it just does it all right.
While it doesn't excel at low end, I think it would be my first choice of these three to listen to classical or jazz on.
Rosso Fiorentino Volterra:
While Skip pushes the nearly half as much Fiesole as the better price/performance option, the Volterra has made me happy every time I have heard it. Paired with the Norma gear, it was a wonderfully good match.
Rosso Fiorentino Elba:
The least expensive of the Rosso "towers", the Elba is a fantastic speaker at its price point. While they weren't available to listen to this time, I have heard them at Lone Star Audio Fest and really enjoyed them. Those were in white. Skip has a pair of the black Ostrich leather Elbas in stock and I would be hard pressed to find a more beautiful and more competent speaker at its $4000 price.
Sonner Audio Legato Duo:
I had experienced Sonner's products at LSAF and really enjoyed them. And while I didn't get to hear the Legato Duo at Skip's house, the Rosewood pair he had on hand were absolutely gorgeous.
PS: Forgot to mention the Wilson Watt Puppy 5.1s Skip took in as trade in. While they weren't demoed at all, I have experience with them and the $5000 asking price Skip is asking for the pair is a real bargain. Shipping would be prohibitive as the weight of just the monitor section alone (made from cast iron) is astounding. But if someone is interested, I could facilitate some transportation and maybe even a slight discount.