Sonus Faber Grand Piano / Old vs. New...
Here goes my first posting... Before purchasing (likely from the classifieds here), I'm looking for some well-informed advice on the real differences between the SF Grand Piano in its original incarnation, and in the latest "Home" version - the only one I've heard, and really enjoyed.
Many threads I've read seem contradictory (nothing new under the sun...;-) Some say the original is better at 2-channel stereo (my only application - don't care much for HT), and seem to imply the latest version is voiced more towards HT applications, with more artificial boom and sizzle. My brief listening session could not confirm this. It seems odd to me that SF, of all companies, would upgrade a product at the cost of their fanatical perfectionism in basic 2-channel music-making. But I could be proved wrong, and, arguably, newer isn't always better... Other reviewers, on the contrary, see a real improvement in the latest version.
WHAT I'M LISTENING FOR (almost in order of priority) :
- Before anything : accurate timbre on natural instruments and voices. If that isn't there, nothing else can compensate.
- Palpability (The Concertino Home I owned before gave me a taste - and I want more !)
- Reasonably deep and well-controlled bass, not too thin sounding.
- Perspective on the music that isn't too close (Ideally between mid- and front of- hall)
- Ability to deal with a wide-range of music, from chamber to orchestral, to the occasional techno or heavy rock track. I really do listen to *everything*.
- Audiomeca CD player - More "full sounding" than average
- YBA Integre DT amplifier - 50/90W Agile, quick, very detailed, though not actually *bright*.
- Speakers : Sonus Faber ____?_____
- 18' x 12' X 9'. Hard wood floors, but room isn't excessively live (thx to brick wall, furnishings and books). Listening distance : maximum 8 ft, if I want spks to be adequately positioned away from rear walls.
I'm ideally looking for answers from owners or listeners who can
- relate to my wide range of listening tastes,
- have a keen ear for what sounds **real** as opposed to impressive and "hifi",
- have been able to compare the two SF models in identical settings/systems, whether at home or in store.
Sincere thanks in advance for the enlightenment, if it's in your power... ;-)