Well after recovering from putting my neck, back and leg out liffting the Ushers in to place they are in and connected. I have never seen such a well made speaker!!
They sound totally different to the SF's and the Kudos, very nutral but 100% in control. I love the way they sound with the female voice I just cant stop playing Blonde and Adele....
The stereo image is large and very defined, each instrument has its own place but they all blend to make a very convincing sound that fills the room. There is no low end bloom or lack of control.
Going to keep listening over Christmas but so far I think I like them!!
They sound like they may well be the same model I heard and yes, they were extremely heavy... as you say a very neutral presentation with superb detail... I really did like them, but I wasn't sure if, in the long term, I would be disatisfied with the lack of base.
Cno, the M&D could well have been a keeper for me, but apart from being out of my budget at the time, in my room the base was a little boomy. However, in the right environment, would be a great match for a tube/class A amp.
Accuphase E350 amp, Electrocompaniet EMC1UP CDP, Siltech 25th Classic anniversary 330I XLR Harbeth Super HL5 on Sound Anchor Quod ELS63 stands, Chord Odessey2 speaker cable. Grado SR60 headphones.
Has anyone seen the pictures of the Venere 3.0 from CES? Wonder if that means they'll get rid of the Liutos.
I have to say that this new range from SF has really got my attention, reading through this thread has been really interesting if possibly a little dissapointing, has anyone heard a fully run in pair yet as I really want to these to sound as good as they look.
I spoke the the SF rep the other day out of interest and he did say that the Liuto range had indeed been discontiued.
In the next issue of HiFi Choice they are actually reviewing the Venere 2.5, now that is one review I can't wait to read.
Here are a selection of pics that I have been admiring lately, not sure what finish I prefer, I usually go with walnut but really like the white at the moment.
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If you can persuade the SF rep to leave a pair with you to try, let us know what you think.........and it does have to gel with your other products.
In theory, they should be very good.
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I do think SF will be a great addition to HiFi Lounge's portfolio I have to say, I am a big PMC enthusiast but I feel if I could offer something as an alternative that has a different presentation then that would make sense and I feel SF could be that brand, I've got the rep coming in next week, so that should be interesting.
For anyone who hasn't seen the 5 star review in HiFi Choice this month you can now read it direct from absolute sounds website, it sounds like the perform as good as they look
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