Originally Posted by spacemanspliff
Do you have any thoughts on:
Sonus Faber Cremona
JM Lab Focal 1027 Be or 1037 Be
Von Schweikert VR-4 SR Mk. II
Thiel 7.2 or 3.7
Revel Ultimate Studio
Something else that I can get in the $7,500 - $8,000 range?
On that list, I've only heard the Cremona and 1027Be. The Cremona sounds better than the 1027Be. The 1027Be are good, but I don't get what the hype was all about. I read some reviews and adverts and decided to go and have a listen. They just didn't have the magic. The sound was lacking something which I couldn't quite pinpoint. On the contrary, the Cremona was very good. Very organic sounding and very detailed. It did what it was supposed to do, but I think it is a bit overpriced tbh. The sound is better than the 1027Be, but it costs almost twice as much in Hong Kong. If you listen to classical music, then give the Aerial Model 7B and ProAc D80 a serious consideration. They're both better than the Cremona and 1027Be IMO.
I'm curious about the 1037Be. They're priced just under the Divas. Anyone heard them? I might schedule an audition with the dealer.
Originally Posted by seacard
The Diva is excellent. Very smooth, a little forward, but good imaging, good sound-staging, etc. I liked it a bit better than the B&W 803D and about the same as the 802D. Definitely a top-notch speaker.
Cool. Glad you liked them. I had a good five hour listening session yesterday and they are
incredible. My HE60 had more details, but the Diva's bass is simply incredible! It's so deep, resonant and transparent! Organ music sounds close to what it'd be like to listen in real life and this is only out of two puny 8"s! There was this one
particular low organ note that sounded incredibly nice. I can't really put it into words
I wonder what the Nova or Alto sounds like. The Grand certainly sounds nice, but I didn't get much time with them.
I also tried listening with my headphones and speakers at the same time. The detail comes from the headphones and the bass/soundstage from the speakers. It's pretty impressive. I wish the Divas had even more resolution...
What sort of amplification were you using? Source? I also think the Divas are better than the 803D. It isn't an outright win on the technical front. I just like the sound signature more. Less bassy (though just as deep) but just as involving.
I haven't heard the 802D (and I really should've!). I'm sure they're brilliant and they're also a penny or two cheaper than the Divas!I thought this thread was about the more esoteric methods of sound production?
Anyone heard the Avantgarde Uno? I had a short listen out of some Sony ES gear. Great speakers. No idea how much they cost though and definitely +ve WAF stuff
(not that I have a wife)