Originally Posted by fatuglyguy
I've owned a pair of B&W 685 S1, and currently own a different pair of British towers - the Monitor Audio RX6. I've listened to the CM9 quite a few times over the years so I'm familiar with them. The CM9 are no doubt fantastic speakers, and have great dynamics, pinpoint imaging, and are very revealing and detailed. I would agree, however, that they are more in the "analytical" camp. I always found them a bit clinical or sterile, with a bit too much of an "in-your-face" character to the treble. The CM9 aims more for accuracy, which most people tend to like.
I also own a pair of the SF Toy monitors -- they present a very different sound from my RX6 and the CM9. Like Wolf2 said, they err toward the warmer side of things, and their general disposition is toward a pleasantly rolled off treble. Their goal is less at accuracy and more at making most anything played through them sound "pleasant." I feel more emotionally connected to the music when I listen to my little pair of SF Toy than on any other speakers that I've owned. It's definitely a sound that's colored, not entirely accurate, and not everybody's cup of tea.
The Venere line are IMO voiced a bit more forward than the Toy line was, but still have a familiar Sonus faber sound. Their largest departure is that they are the first SF speaker to be built in China instead of Italy.
I've been looking for a pair of speakers for my build-from-scratch 5.1 HT system. 60% music, 40% movies.
I've been auditioning B&W 683 S2, CM8 S2, CM9 S2, CM 10 S2, GoldenEar Triton 5,3, Def Tech, Paradigm 85F, Monitor Audio Silver 6 & Sonus Faber Venere 3.0 & 2.5. While Paradigm 85F & CM10 sound the best, they are outside of my price range.
I'm settling on the Sonus Faber Venere 3.0 (floor model at Best Buy/Magnolia @ $2K with what they claim to be 100-120 hrs of listen time) because it's gone from outside of my price range ($3500 / pair) to now $2000/pair.
Love to hear your thoughts on it. Is it a good deal for my price range and my situation below. Should i be really worried about the made in China stigma? I talked to the Sumiko guys (Distributor) and they said they are building a new Venere 4.0 (made in italy) to improve the reputation of this Venere line (China stigma is not good) and introducing the new Chameleon line (made in Italy) with Chameleon T listed at $2K!
Here's my situation:
- My room - 14 ft wide by 15 ft length (seating area) & 24 ft length (including my open kitchen behind the seating area). Hardwood floor with no rug. Windows to one side & open dining area on another side.
- My music - classical (orchestra), pop/rock, jazz, everything
- Thinking of picking up the new Pioneer SC91 receiver ($1000) at Best Buy. I tested the old SC81 with the Venere 3.0 and it worked quite well.
- Will use Venere Center