Well well, I popped yesterday for a visit to Francis' shop in Antwerpen and I am glad to find out he just put in place and connected the new floorstanders from Sonus Faber, the Venere 2.5 in glossy black. I had a lot of time to have a look and have a listen also.
Units are brand new so not run-in yet. We used a Macintosh cd player (5k euro) and a Clearaudio Cocnept turntable. Amoplifier was a stunning-for-the-price Mastersound Dueventi, 2x20W pure class A tube amp with EL34 tubes. Another Italian product
Speakers are greatly built...unbelievable what 2500 euro can buy. Usual Sonus Faber style, nice line, imposing speakers and very elegant. Pity the only grey ring around the tweeter in a full black front. It's a "cheapo" touch which looks a little bit made in China...but close your eyes on that and sit down for a listen
Didn't listen attentively for the first 30 minutes as amp was warming up and speakers are out of the box. Once I sit down something I notice straight away: those speakers are very different from any other Sonus Faber speaker I have heard. They are quite aggressive, quite bright. The delaer also feelt the same and I was so glad as I realized I am starting to learn something
It's like sitting in the front row...but that might not be pleasant for a long listening session. Had to take a pause and stand up every now and then, go for a tour in the shop and coming back. It might also be that they were brand new so need a proper run-in, this will be fixed next Saturday as I am going there and have a new listen after they have been playing 24/7 for an entire week.
I was very impressed by this "small" 20W tube amplifier driving those big speakers as loud as you want to go (we went very loud on the Flamenco Fever record). Sound was 3D, the speakers were filling the room with great authority. Very detailed and open, a lot of air...but pity as in the bass department they are a bit shy. I was used to a much better bass from the Guarneri Memento.
But ehy...those floorstanders are very good for the price (2500 euro price tag) and are a great match with a tube amplifier actually. I will report a bit more next week when I have a second good listen!