sonus faber audito vs. B&W 804 / 805

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  1. Mike_Jo

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    Last week I saw some sonus faber speakers on display and decided to give them a listen. The sonus faber cermona auditor simply blew me away and now I am one confused soul [​IMG] having almost decided on the 804's. The mids of the auditor was AMAZING. What clarity! Only downside is the bass. Well, what can I expect from a 2 way book shelf right.

    Now here is my problem...

    1) Do I get the cremona auditor or the 804's? I know I know its ultimately my ears that will decide but can some people share some thoughts.
    2) How can I increase the bass for the auditor? I am getting a velodyne sub too but will that match?
    3) I am setting up an HT and I do not think the cremona auditor can be good front speakers because I cannot afford the sonus surrounds and center. So my plan is to use cheaper PSB speakers set for my HT and sonus for stereo. Does it make sense or would an 804, HTM and 600 surrounds do a better job for movies + music.
    4) How is the sonus grand piano compared to the 804? That might be another option if the auditor becomes too complicated to set-up or too expensive.
    5) how about the cremona floorstand? havent heard it since they do not have it in stock. How is it vs the auditor?

    As you can see from my questions... I am one confused person ha ha ha.

    Hope you can shed some light... BTW I will be using rotel 1080 200watt amp and 1055 as pre/pro.

    Thanks
     
  2. Mike Butny

    Mike Butny Stunt Coordinator

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    Buy the B&Ws
     
  3. DanaA

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    Perhaps this link will help out. You should also check out Club Rotel while you're there. [​IMG]
     
  4. Scott Oliver

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    What is the frequency response of the Auditor? Sonus Faber has THE worst website BTW.

    Would the Auditor's suffice your bass needs on music? Keep in mind that not many real instruments get down to 40 Hz.
    On HT the bass response of the Auditor's wouldn't be a problem as you could just cross them over at the typical 80 Hz. If the Auditor's full range bass is not sufficient for you on music, then as someone on another forum mentioned get a REL sub instead of the Velodyne and use their neutrik connection method to provide a seamless crossover from speaker to sub.

    As far as the matching center and surrounds, I am guessing that those B&W's cost around $700-1000. If that is the approximate cost of the B&W center and surrounds then you could at least get the Sonus Faber Solo Home center $950 MSRP. Thenn if you are out of money just get a cheap set of Paradigm Micro's or Atom's or the PSB equivalent (~$100) as they just aren't nearly as important to have matched.
     
  5. Christopher Lyn

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    Mike Jo, if you are considering the Sonus Faber grand piano, and it's in your budget, that's what I would get.

    Sonus Faber speakers are FANTASTIC, especially for music. I wish there was a Sonus Faber dealer here in Toronto. B&Ws are good, but I place Sonus Faber in higher category, IMHO, with Aerial Acoustics or Thiel.
     

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