As some of you know, I live in a very biased world of Audiophilia here in our showroom at Audible Images AV.
Every day I can and do listen to Dan D’Agostino electronics, dCS Vivaldi & Rossini, Wilson Audio Alexx speakers & other models along with the other ultra high end complementary gear items in the “Transporter” & “Great Room” reference rooms.
So how can I possibly enjoy listening to modestly priced, yet not ready for shipping, Sonus Faber bookshelf Sonetto 2’s and the new floorstander Sonetto V’s, at $2300 & $4999 respectively, without developing a holier than thou perspective?
Because I love this stuff at all levels. Ed’s Audiophilia is contagious around here.
Now keep this in mind, I am not a reviewer guy, I am an experience the fun guy only. And man was I excited with the new sound. Made in Italy too!
First, we plugged the Sonetto II bookshelf speakers in, placed up on our 29 1/2 inch from the floor stands. Which was a little too high to be honest, for the listening sweet spot, but we had to make do. Our electronics choice was a Parasound Halo combo. The P7 preamp with the A31 , 3 channel x 250 watt solid state amplifier. Our source, was the Bluesound Node 2 streaming music server. I had already tested the A31 with a couple other pair of speakers to make sure it would deliver the goods, and it did.
The first thing I wanted to hear was if these new made in Italy beauties could hand out some excellent base response. And deliver they did, I was impressed! I wasn’t looking for a 15-30 hz gutteral rumble, just well balanced bass musicality. We didn’t spend too much time with the testing of the Sonetto II bookshelves for their mid-range and tweeter success, because the stands were just too high for the room, so my final note on the Sonetto II’s: “Flight of the Cosmic Hippo” by Bella Fleck had the base punch I wanted so much to hear. And the lesser bass in “Tin Pan Alley” by Stevie Ray sounded excellent and gave me the lower end musicality I was hoping for 🙂
If it seems that I share many of the same songs over and over again when putting on the listening / testing hat, you would be correct. Why do I do this? Because Ed has pounded into my head (a bit of hyperbole), to develop a Reference for listening via a few set parameters. Specific Songs to quickly observe delivery of each of the 3 main frequency areas of bass, mids & tweeter, develop or use a consistent reference room and it’s ambience, and then you can more easily discern nuances in a tune as delivered from the gear you are testing.
So back to the Sonetto V’s. Fantastic, and excellent. After filtering through my base testing of the V’s, check, and much better than I would have suspected. I just tested a $9000 pair of speakers a while back, and I can say they were inferior to these new Walnut colored Sonetto floorstanders. Both had 4 drivers, (being lazy on the comparison), but the accuracy of the V’s was very good. I now started to look deeper into the mid-range and higher frequency, and the words airy, clean and absolutely no abrupt decay of any instruments are the words that came to mind. (Thank you Stereophile Magazine for your Audio Glossary dictionary to help make my point)
I would love to have these Sonetto V’s in our showroom. I wish I had the opportunity to test them with the D’Agostino Momentum Integrated amp, but time ran out.
Sonus Faber, your Collection, or Family name was very appropriate, “Sonetto”, I give them a thumbs up for my Tuesday pleasure time at work. 🙂
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