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I have a pair of the original Sonus Faber Guarneri Homage and I am very happy with them. I listened to a pair of the new Sonus Faber Amati Anniversario model driven by a pair of 2k Mcintosh monoblocs, very nice but not like my Guarneri. There is something about a two way speaker that is more pleasing to my ears than even a great 3 way design. I find in general that the big 3 ways sound a little boxy, just my two cents.
The C1000T is the finest phono stage I have ever had in my system (by alot). I've had the C2200, Dynavector and Graham Slee ERA Gold. The GS was very good, the Mac 2200 was okay, but the C1000 was in another league. I had a brief in house comparison with ARC PH 7. Close, but I slightly preferred the Mac as having a little smoother and more realistic take on vocals particularly --seemed like a more complete rendition. ARC had other strengths. I can understand someone preferring the ARC but you will not be disappointed with the C1000. Since this thread is about a month old, I assume you have made the comparison yourself. What conclusion did you reach?
I A/B'd the phono section on the C1000T VS the ARC Reference Phono and although the phono section of the C1000T is in another league compared to the C2200 it is not up to the standards of the ARC Reference Phono Preamp. The ARC is quiter and more transparent, and its ability to resolve the fine details in just better. I agree that the C1000T is a great phone section and very flowing, but the ARC delivers the kind of performance that a dedicated reference should and does deliver. I must say however that if I did not already have the ARC in my system I would probably not feel I had to run out and buy one as compared to the C1000T phono section.