Responses from amorsby

Sonus Faber Sound?
I own a pair of Cremonas. Among the speakers I compared them against were B&W (too bright) and Vienna Acoustics (too dark). The SF was just right. 
Kimber Hero vs Nordost Blue Heaven vs VDH mk iii
I had an pair of Heros and Nordost Solar Winds. I thought the Heros may have had a sliver of better bass, but I thought the Solar Winds clearly played with with a bit more life and pace. I could more clearly hear detail with the Nordost. 
Opinions please on older Sony ES Pre-amps
For what it is worth, I had a TA-2000ES. I paid $1000 for it new, and thought of it as a $300 pre-amp coupled with a $700 digital sound processor. 
Album which you have listened to most?
That's easy. Innervisions by Stevie Wonder. I thik it is the best album ever made. The lyrics and rhythms are deep. 
Sonus Faber Cremona
I seriously considered the 802s, but thought the Cremonas had better overall tonal balance. Although the B&W may have a bit more detail, I thought the SF was smoother and more natural sounding. 
Who is your overall favorite guitarist?
How about George Benson? 
Vienna Acoustics Vs Sonus Faber
I thought the VA were a bit on the dark side. I liked the SF better because they sounded a bit brighter, less laid-back, and a little more detailed. 
Vienna Speakers: Compared to other Hi-end spks?
I have recently been auditioning speakers for a new system. I heard the Beetovens in 3 audio stores. In two I compared versus the B&W 804. Clearly, the 804s had more detail, but perhaps too much. They sounded somewhat nasal comapred to the VA....