I own the Concertinos, not the Home version. They have a warm and involving presentation that makes them ideal for vocals and jazz. The treble and midrange cannot be beat in their price range.
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South43, Although the concertinos are very good speakers, the set-up at Tweeter could not have been the best to properly audition the VA Beethovens. To say that the Beethovens cannot come close to the Concertinos tells me that the Beethovens must have been horribly set-up. IMHO the exact opposite would be true.
I've owned both Beethovens and Concertos, so I'm familiar with both. A proper match for comparison sake would be the Concertinos vs. the VA Haydns. Just take into consideration, especially at Tweeter, the positioning they're using for the speakers you are auditioning.
Good luck, Mike.
Yes I agree the spkr set-up at Tweeter is at best ill. More show than go. However as both the VA and the Fabers are high end products I can not see Sumiko having Tweeter just set and forget. Remember these spkrs were powered by a Yamaha reciever and monster cable.(No offense to monster owners)I plan on a different set-up when I bring my rig. Any suggestions?
The Concertino Home speakers are excellent and hard to beat in my opinion. I owned a pair with the matching fixed stands for about a year. I ended up upgrading to a pair of Tyler Acoustics Taylo Reference Monitors and yes, they are better speakers (in my system) than the Concertino but, I often miss a few traits of the Sonus on certain material.
When you audition them again with your set up, make sure they are 6-8 feet apart, 2ft out from the rear wall, with extreme (and I mean extreme) tow in. Also, make sure you the stands top plate is perfectfully level (this makes a huge differnce in imaging and soundstage creation) Nearfield listening (6-7ft back)will probably be the sweet spot but it will depend on the room size and the distance to the rear wall. They truly disapeared in my listening room.
Good luck! In my opinion, you cannot go wrong with them. Especially when you consider they are only $1,100.00 retail.
me too...EXACTLY same thing happened to me...I was almost at the point of writing a check for a Vienna Acoustics Mozart....THEN-I asked if there were any others I should continue. The devilish look in the eyes of the audiophile-slaesman should've prepared me for the PURE MUSIC that poured out of the Sonus Faber Grand Piano speakers he took me to. DAY and night....made the Mozarts sound mushy in comparison.