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Thinking about SF Olympica 1 for LR and Olympica Center. Dealer has 2 Smarts on closeout for the rears. Meridian G55, Meridian G68xxv and HD621. Thoughts on this setup for HT? My goal is to save on initial $$$$$ and down the road upgrade LR to Olympica 3 and move the 1s to the rear.
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Okay thinking of getting a pair of Sonus Fabers. Trying to decide between the Concertinos or the Toy (both bookshelf units). If my budget can pull it I may be able to get a concerto, but that needs to be seen.

Thoughts/ opinions on which one to get and why? Any help would be appreciated.

Spent years looking for a sound I loved and finally settled on Sonus Faber. Can't buy the newest and greatest, but I will have one, that's for sure )

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Okay thinking of getting a pair of Sonus Fabers. Trying to decide between the Concertinos or the Toy (both bookshelf units). If my budget can pull it I may be able to get a concerto, but that needs to be seen.

Thoughts/ opinions on which one to get and why? Any help would be appreciated.

Spent years looking for a sound I loved and finally settled on Sonus Faber. Can't buy the newest and greatest, but I will have one, that's for sure )
In my opinion, the better buy would be the Sonus faber Luito Stand-Mounts. A member on AudioGon dot Com has a great deal that includes both the speakers and stands. By the way, The Luito monitors (stand-mount) are fantastic. I had to box up my Luito towers due to space and is using my Luito monitors in its place. They sound amazing!
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I'm new here . I just sold my entire B&W 802 system and purchased the Sonus Faber Elipsa with Mcintosh MC601 mono blocks . Has anyone paired them together ? Can you give me some opinions since my Mcintosh amps are back order and I won't get them until the end of this month .
Really why did you sell your 802 system, just ready for a change?
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In my opinion, the better buy would be the Sonus faber Luito Stand-Mounts. A member on AudioGon dot Com has a great deal that includes both the speakers and stands. By the way, The Luito monitors (stand-mount) are fantastic. I had to box up my Luito towers due to space and is using my Luito monitors in its place. They sound amazing!
A little beyond my price range. These are going to be a stopgap until I can save up enough for an Olympica or something along those lines.

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A little beyond my price range. These are going to be a stopgap until I can save up enough for an Olympica or something along those lines.

Heard the Olympica III today. Awesome!!! Hard decision between the 802D Olympica III.
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Heard the Olympica III today. Awesome!!! Hard decision between the 802D Olympica III.
My preference are the Olympica III. Heard them both and find the diamond tweeters on the 802D to be a bit harsh to my ears. However, they (B&W) are awesome but my preference is the Sonus faber sound.

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So found a good stopgap solution. Found a killer deal on a pair of walnut venere 2.0 demos for $1300.00. Had to raise my budget a bit, but seemed like too good of a deal to pass up. Will have a chance to see and hear them next weekend, but assuming all goes well I think this will be a good choice.

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So found a good stopgap solution. Found a killer deal on a pair of walnut venere 2.0 demos for $1300.00. Had to raise my budget a bit, but seemed like too good of a deal to pass up. Will have a chance to see and hear them next weekend, but assuming all goes well I think this will be a good choice.
Does demo provide warranty?

Just a general question. What are the markups for Sonus Faber in general?
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Does demo provide warranty?

Just a general question. What are the markups for Sonus Faber in general?
Yes it comes with warranty if it is from an authorized dealer (which from this case it is.) No idea on the markups for Sonus Faber, but they seem to retain their value pretty well.

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Heard the Olympica III today. Awesome!!! Hard decision between the 802D Olympica III.
I went to a Magnolia Home Theater Center today and listened to Olympica III, B&W 802D and 803D, and Martin Logan Summit. IMO, the Olympicas's were far and away the best. The 802D's had the strongest bass, but I did not care for their midrange and highs. The Olympicas seemed the most detailed. I've always been surprised that Sonus Faber doesn't have a stronger following here on the forum.
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I went to a Magnolia Home Theater Center today and listened to Olympica III, B&W 802D and 803D, and Martin Logan Summit. IMO, the Olympicas's were far and away the best. The 802D's had the strongest bass, but I did not care for their midrange and highs. The Olympicas seemed the most detailed. I've always been surprised that Sonus Faber doesn't have a stronger following here on the forum.

I auditioned at Magnolia too. I guess its all about marketing. The thread only have a few pages instead of hundred like other brands.
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I auditioned at Magnolia too. I guess its all about marketing. The thread only have a few pages instead of hundred like other brands.
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Sonus faber speakers are simply blissful especially when mated with top notch gear!
Agree. I'm planning on upgrading not only my Sonus Faber Grand Piano speakers to Olympica IIIs, but also my Rotel amp & preamp to Parasound Halo A21 & JC2 (all to go with my Oppo 105). Should be sweet!
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I went to a Magnolia Home Theater Center today and listened to Olympica III, B&W 802D and 803D, and Martin Logan Summit. IMO, the Olympicas's were far and away the best. The 802D's had the strongest bass, but I did not care for their midrange and highs. The Olympicas seemed the most detailed. I've always been surprised that Sonus Faber doesn't have a stronger following here on the forum.

Might be simply because there aren't as many dealers compared to the others so most never get to see/hear them in person. If money permitted and there was a local dealer I may not have pursued B&W as my speaker choice. I definitely like my setup however it would have been wonderful to put a 5.1 setup together that consisted of 2 pairs of Futura's and the Vox or better yet a pair of Lillium's for the mains and Futura's for surrounds. A number of the SF speakers are just beautiful to look at and aesthetically I like the Lillium the most, even more than the Aida.

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Hi there, I would like to ask a question here.

I was a SF Concerto Home owner for a number of years and was thinking of upgrading for a floorstander. I would like to know is the sound of a SF Venere 3 better than the Olympica 2 ?

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Hi there, I would like to ask a question here.

I was a SF Concerto Home owner for a number of years and was thinking of upgrading for a floorstander. I would like to know is the sound of a SF Venere 3 better than the Olympica 2 ?

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In a few words the Olympica 2 should be better because the Venere line is below the Olympica line. However, this is subjective because only you can determine that by auditioning both.

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The Venere 3.0's go for $3500/pair. The Olympica II's go for $10,000/pair. So no, I doubt the Venere sounds better than the Olympica. I did recently listen to the Olympica III's and the Venere 2.5's, and there was no comparison - the Olympica III's were much better IMO (more transparent, more detailed).
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Help please!

I just got my hands on Cremona Auditors and have added a B&W sub and m1 rear speakers (not much room at the back so opted for mini speakers to hang on the wall from the sides.

Anyway, I now need a center and we dont have much room for it (max depth of 25cm).

The only two decent Center's i have found at that size are :

Sonus Faber Toy and Linn Majik 112.

Anyone know how the TOY matches the Auditors?

And what about the Linn Majik 112?

Any help much appreciated!
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I got my Parasound Halo A21 and JC2 delivered yesterday, along with a pair of Sonus Faber Olympica III's. A significant improvement in AQ was obvious right out of the box (going from a 12-year-old Rotel amp and preamp, and SF Grand Piano Home speakers). More detail, much better bass. I can only imagine how great they will sound after break-in.
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I got my Parasound Halo A21 and JC2 delivered yesterday, along with a pair of Sonus Faber Olympica III's. A significant improvement in AQ was obvious right out of the box (going from a 12-year-old Rotel amp and preamp, and SF Grand Piano Home speakers). More detail, much better bass. I can only imagine how great they will sound after break-in.
Wow. Very nice. You really went shopping!!

I have A21 & P5 combo and the sound is already awesome. Can you pm the price you paid with tax on the SF III if you don't mind.
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I just had a real education this afternoon. I bought the Olympica III's at Sound Xperience in Jenkintown, PA (I highly recommend them) and they arranged for someone from Sumiko to come out to my house and optimize speaker placement in my family room. It's a whole process, but the bottom line is that just moving both of them about 1 1/2 inches further away from the back wall (and small adjustments to the tilt of the speakers) made a very significant difference in AQ. I thought the bass was great before, but it's even better now, and the soundstage is spot on.
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In a few words the Olympica 2 should be better because the Venere line is below the Olympica line. However, this is subjective because only you can determine that by auditioning both.
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The Venere 3.0's go for $3500/pair. The Olympica II's go for $10,000/pair. So no, I doubt the Venere sounds better than the Olympica. I did recently listen to the Olympica III's and the Venere 2.5's, and there was no comparison - the Olympica III's were much better IMO (more transparent, more detailed).
Thanks, just got myself upgrade to Olympica 2.
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Hi... could anyone recommend a proper toe in for a pair of Venere 2.5, please? Thanks in advance!
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Hi... could anyone recommend a proper toe in for a pair of Venere 2.5, please? Thanks in advance!
As I described a few posts up, someone from Sumiko (the US distributor for Sonus Faber) came to my house to set up my Olympica III's. I'm sure the same principles apply for their whole line. He said they should be towed in such that the left speaker is aimed over your left shoulder, the right speaker aimed over your right shoulder). After that, it's fairly easy to make sure they are properly positioned as a pair by making sure a solo vocal on some of your CDs sounds like it is coming from right in front of you (if one speaker is towed in too much or too little, the vocal will sound like it's too much to the right or left).

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As I described a few posts up, someone from Sumiko (the US distributor for Sonus Faber) came to my house to set up my Olympica III's. I'm sure the same principles apply for their whole line. He said they should be towed in such that the left speaker is aimed over your left shoulder, the right speaker aimed over your right shoulder). After that, it's fairly easy to make sure they are properly positioned as a pair by making sure a solo vocal on some of your CDs sounds like it is coming from right in front of you (if one speaker is towed in too much or too little, the vocal will sound like it's too much to the right or left).

I really appreciate the reply!

That is basically how I had them -- though I did tweak their placement a bit with what you described as the desired outcome in mind.

After applying subsequent scientific measurement (both my 11 year old son and 17 year old daughter insisted that Elton John's vocals were coming out of my center channel, which was off, of course...) I think I may have them in a pretty good place.

I guess I was just wondering if less toe in might give me a more immersive soundstage or something (within the speaker's limits, of course), but if this is what Sumiko advises then I am going with it.

Thanks again.


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I just had a real education this afternoon. I bought the Olympica III's at Sound Xperience in Jenkintown, PA (I highly recommend them) and they arranged for someone from Sumiko to come out to my house and optimize speaker placement in my family room. It's a whole process, but the bottom line is that just moving both of them about 1 1/2 inches further away from the back wall (and small adjustments to the tilt of the speakers) made a very significant difference in AQ. I thought the bass was great before, but it's even better now, and the soundstage is spot on.

Someone from Sumiko to come to your home whoa taht is very impressive!

I bought a pair of Sonus Faber Elipsa SE Red and no one came
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I don't see how, they are wall and/or stand mounts aren't they?

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