For what it is worth, I just auditioned both the Sonus Faber and Aerial 8's last week. The Aerials won out by many miles.
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I'm assuming that you are going to be pre/amp shopping in roughly the same price range as the Concertinos... my thoughts... Consider the Concertos if you like the SF sound. If you are willing to buy used/demo, they can be had for a very small premium over the Concertinos and I thought the difference was worth paying for. I have used the Concertos with c-j (PV-11), passive, and Classe (DR-5) pres; also a combination of Classe (DR-10) and Krell (KSA-80B) amps. I found that a solid state amp was a good match for these speakers in that they have decent bass extension for their size but need a high current amp to control the woffer adequately. You might look into a Parasound if you're on a tight budget. All of the Pre's worked well, btu the c-j tube sound is along the same lines as the SF, so you can potentially get a softening of the sound and lack of detail. Cables are also critical, I found that Transparent mates very well with the equipment above and the SF's. I am in a 10'x14' room w/ 8' ceilings and the room is well dampened. Listening position in close to nearfield and the sound is outstanding given the cost of the system. My 2 cents... try some used high current solid state amps and find a very neutral preamp. Good luck and happy listening.
With reference to the previous comment. I dont' consider the Aeriel 8 and the Concertino to be in the same shopping league. I owned a pair of Aerial 7 (original) for 4 years and they are wonderful speakers. However, used Aeriels might be a good option to consider.
I have a pair of concerto homes (same crossover and crossover point as the concertinos). I've found that these sound very good with a wide variety of electronics- but one thing I've always done is used with good, neutral sounding cables to maintain the characteristics that I enjoy about the SF's. Also, a decent integrated amp such as the Musical Fidelity or the Arcam is a good choice for a small little music system.
I would also agree with Twylie- I've auditioned both the concertos and the concertinos, and much prefer the concertos. I've also auditioned extensively the revel m20's, the small Joseph's, the Theil 1.5's, Dynaudio's, B&W's, and the Epos M12's. I think for my personal taste, the SF's concertos are the most musical in the sub $2000 range. They may not be the most dynamic or have amazing specs, but they allow me to just sit and enjoy music for hours.
Also, be sure to have a good source- ones that I like are the Rega Planet, or if you can step up, the Linn Genki, Arcam FMJ, or Rega Jupiter. And if you're into analog, I think my 15 year old Rega TT with an old cheapo grado cartridge sounds absolutely wonderful with my SF's!