Originally Posted by Osamede
Does anyone have insight into the Sonus Faber Toy Tower?
1) Sound quality?
I listened to these in dealer listening room conditions and they were decent, how is the sound quality on these things when positioned right close to a wall? I expect to use the loudspeaker:
- primarily for 2.0 or 2.1 channel music listening in a room that is about 12 ft x 12 foot with ceiling just under 7 foot
- it may later become 80% music 20% movie duty, either in 2.1 or 3.1 channel format, a room that is about 15 deep, maybe 25ft wide and ceiling size ranges from 6 foot to about 10
Key context is that in either room, the only possible placement will be with 1 speaker right up in a corner (half a foot from side wall, a foot from back wall) and another one about same distance to back wall. Are these speakers doable in that location?
I see that the speakers come in an oak veneer and then lacquered white or black (wood?). Then there are "classic leather" and "barred leather" finishes. But it's hard to tell from the pics if these are are these real natural leather or are they plastic/"pleather"/"leatherette"?
I am a proud owner of the Toy Towers. Have been for over 4 years now (I purchased the original "barred leather' finish, back in the day when that was the only option available). I am on the road now, so I can't elaborate, but in short these are simply fantastic, at or above their price point. They are open, detailed, throw a big, precise soundstage, and offer more than a hint of the classic Sf "warmth" and romanticism, yet are a little more exciting and dynamic. Google Michael Fremer's original review for Home Theater magazine. I actually agree with all his points.
In my set-up, powered by a Prima Luna DiaLogue integrated with KT-88's, and with an Oppo 105 as the digital source, they sound incredible with classical, heavy metal, soundtracks, jazz and even in a 5.1 set-up as well. They produce plenty of real bass as well, specially in a small room. For less than $3K, you are getting a beautifully handcrafted product, still made in Italy. The Veneres have their own set of strengths and virtues, but to me, for the same price, there is no comparison: I'd go with the Italian-made Sf over the new Chinese product any day of the week.
There is a reason why these are still in production, even when the Chinese-made Venere line was supposed to replace them.
A photo from a few months ago. Cabling now is all Nordost, and the Oppo 95 was replaced by the 105. The Sf + tubes + Oppo + Nordost combination offers great synergy.