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  1. #51
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    Re: My Sonus Faber Stradivari - Curiosity got the better of me!

    Congratulations on the sale. I absolutely hate selling speakers. It’s a multi person job usually.

    I agree, the speakers need to fit the room and the electronics need to fit the speakers.
    Wharfedale Linton w/ stands, Avantgarde Duo XD, Klipsch RB-75, Klipsch RP-160M.

    Luxman 590AX Mark II, Job INTegrated.

    Conrad Johnson GAT2, Wyred 4 Sound STP-SE Stage 2, Misho Myronov Wooden pre.

    Misho Myronov Wooden amp, First Watt SIT-3 (x 2 - one as backup), First Watt F7, Job 250 Monos, Valvet E2se, NuForce STA200, AkitikA GT-102 amp, ASL Wave monos, Dennis Had 45 monos. Absolute Audio Labs PCF 25 amp (improved First Watt F7 super clone)

    RME Audio ADI-2 DAC FS, ModWright Ultimate Sony XA-5400ES, Audio Mirror Tubadour III NOS R2R Tube Dac w/ SE upgrades.

    Burmester 948, McIntosh MCLK12, Kimber Kable, Siltech, Cardas, Avanti Audio cables.

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    Re: My Sonus Faber Stradivari - Curiosity got the better of me!

    Congrats on the sale Mark. Somebody got a steal on a great speaker.
    Main - JVC QL-Y7/Denon DL-301 Mk II, Gold Note PH-10, Nuprime CDT-8, Auralic Aries G1, Musical Paradise MP-D2 Mk IIID, Supratek Chardonnay, Van Alstine Vision SET-400, Reynaud Abscisse Jubilee, (2) Rythmik F12SE, Audio Envy IC's ,SC & PC's, Triode Wire Lab PC's & USB , PS Audio Stellar P3, Timbernation rack

    Family Room - Oppo UDP-203, Teac NT505, Kinki Studio EX-M1+, Nola KO, (2) Rythmik F-12G, Wireworld SC & IC's, Neotech PC's, SurgeX SA-1810

    Greenville- Marantz HD-CD1, Auralic Aries, PSA Directstream Sr., Audia Flight FL Three S, Fritz Carrera Be or Harbeth C7-ES3, (2) RSL Speedwoofers, PI Audio Uberbuss, AudioSensibility cables

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    Re: My Sonus Faber Stradivari - Curiosity got the better of me!

    Thanks guys. Somebody did get a really good deal.
    Micro Seiki SX-8000 air bearing table, SME 312s arm, SME 3012R arn, Dynavector XV-1s cartridge, Lyra Etna SL cartridge, ARC Ref 3 phono stage, Otari MX-55 2 track R2R, Ampex 350 tape repros, Roon Nucleus Plus music server, PS Audio DSJ DAC, ARC Ref 6, ARC Ref 75 with KT-150s, JBL 4345 speakers, Viero Equilibro Level 3 speaker cables, and Definitive Technology Ref subs.

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    Re: My Sonus Faber Stradivari - Curiosity got the better of me!

    sonus faber and jbl. tools for different jobs?. laid back sweet sounding speakers compliment a genre and high efficiency speakers are so addicting in their own right. I had a pair of 93.5 db eff speakers that I complimented with a pair of beethovens and both were so good at what they did that for 10 years they shared a room and I swapped them around depending on my music.

    I sold both pair going on a mission to find a speaker that had the qualities of both speakers that would be my 'dream speakers', lol. You were very smart to keep those strads.
    Meridian dsp8000 se upgrade, meridian 218 zone controller, VA Beethovens, , Hegel h360, rega jupiter, roon nucleus, revox tuner.

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    Re: My Sonus Faber Stradivari - Curiosity got the better of me!

    Quote Originally Posted by steve59 View Post
    sonus faber and jbl. tools for different jobs?. laid back sweet sounding speakers compliment a genre and high efficiency speakers are so addicting in their own right. I had a pair of 93.5 db eff speakers that I complimented with a pair of beethovens and both were so good at what they did that for 10 years they shared a room and I swapped them around depending on my music.

    I sold both pair going on a mission to find a speaker that had the qualities of both speakers that would be my 'dream speakers', lol. You were very smart to keep those strads.
    Who are you addressing?
    Micro Seiki SX-8000 air bearing table, SME 312s arm, SME 3012R arn, Dynavector XV-1s cartridge, Lyra Etna SL cartridge, ARC Ref 3 phono stage, Otari MX-55 2 track R2R, Ampex 350 tape repros, Roon Nucleus Plus music server, PS Audio DSJ DAC, ARC Ref 6, ARC Ref 75 with KT-150s, JBL 4345 speakers, Viero Equilibro Level 3 speaker cables, and Definitive Technology Ref subs.

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    Re: My Sonus Faber Stradivari - Curiosity got the better of me!

    My Strads are long gone.
    Wharfedale Linton w/ stands, Avantgarde Duo XD, Klipsch RB-75, Klipsch RP-160M.

    Luxman 590AX Mark II, Job INTegrated.

    Conrad Johnson GAT2, Wyred 4 Sound STP-SE Stage 2, Misho Myronov Wooden pre.

    Misho Myronov Wooden amp, First Watt SIT-3 (x 2 - one as backup), First Watt F7, Job 250 Monos, Valvet E2se, NuForce STA200, AkitikA GT-102 amp, ASL Wave monos, Dennis Had 45 monos. Absolute Audio Labs PCF 25 amp (improved First Watt F7 super clone)

    RME Audio ADI-2 DAC FS, ModWright Ultimate Sony XA-5400ES, Audio Mirror Tubadour III NOS R2R Tube Dac w/ SE upgrades.

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    Re: My Sonus Faber Stradivari - Curiosity got the better of me!

    I have a pair of ex-demo strads in MINT condition for sale if anyone is interested. Posted them on AudiogoN.
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    Re: My Sonus Faber Stradivari - Curiosity got the better of me!

    Quote Originally Posted by Elberoth View Post
    I have a pair of ex-demo strads in MINT condition for sale if anyone is interested. Posted them on AudiogoN.
    Uh oh.
    Wharfedale Linton w/ stands, Avantgarde Duo XD, Klipsch RB-75, Klipsch RP-160M.

    Luxman 590AX Mark II, Job INTegrated.

    Conrad Johnson GAT2, Wyred 4 Sound STP-SE Stage 2, Misho Myronov Wooden pre.

    Misho Myronov Wooden amp, First Watt SIT-3 (x 2 - one as backup), First Watt F7, Job 250 Monos, Valvet E2se, NuForce STA200, AkitikA GT-102 amp, ASL Wave monos, Dennis Had 45 monos. Absolute Audio Labs PCF 25 amp (improved First Watt F7 super clone)

    RME Audio ADI-2 DAC FS, ModWright Ultimate Sony XA-5400ES, Audio Mirror Tubadour III NOS R2R Tube Dac w/ SE upgrades.

    Burmester 948, McIntosh MCLK12, Kimber Kable, Siltech, Cardas, Avanti Audio cables.

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    Re: My Sonus Faber Stradivari - Curiosity got the better of me!

    Quote Originally Posted by joeinid View Post
    Uh oh.
    Joe,

    Coming to a listening room near you.

    Ken
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    Power: Two AudioQuest Niagara 5000’s with AudioQuest Dragon and Hurricane Power Cords

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    Re: My Sonus Faber Stradivari - Curiosity got the better of me!

    Quote Originally Posted by mep View Post
    Ken-You have been a busy man! Four sets of speakers in 5 years and a change of electronics for all four pairs. Hopefully you have found peace and happiness with your current rig.
    Hi Mark,

    That post was from 3 years ago but I’m happy to report that I’m extremely satisfied with my current system. I’ve had the Vandersteen 7 Mk2’s and M7-HPA monoblocks for three years and MSB Select DAC for nearly two years. The biggest change I’ve made lately is adding two AudioQuest Dragon Source Power Cords on the Select DAC. The improved ease and sweetness is intoxicating. I hope to add a few more Dragons in the future.

    Best,
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    Source: MSB Select II DAC with Two Mono Powerbases, Femto 33 Clock, Renderer V2 Digital Input Module and Roon Nucleus Plus
    Amps: Vandersteen M7-HPA Mono Amps
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    Power: Two AudioQuest Niagara 5000’s with AudioQuest Dragon and Hurricane Power Cords

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    Re: My Sonus Faber Stradivari - Curiosity got the better of me!

    You never know.

    Quote Originally Posted by Alpinist View Post
    Joe,

    Coming to a listening room near you.

    Ken
    Wharfedale Linton w/ stands, Avantgarde Duo XD, Klipsch RB-75, Klipsch RP-160M.

    Luxman 590AX Mark II, Job INTegrated.

    Conrad Johnson GAT2, Wyred 4 Sound STP-SE Stage 2, Misho Myronov Wooden pre.

    Misho Myronov Wooden amp, First Watt SIT-3 (x 2 - one as backup), First Watt F7, Job 250 Monos, Valvet E2se, NuForce STA200, AkitikA GT-102 amp, ASL Wave monos, Dennis Had 45 monos. Absolute Audio Labs PCF 25 amp (improved First Watt F7 super clone)

    RME Audio ADI-2 DAC FS, ModWright Ultimate Sony XA-5400ES, Audio Mirror Tubadour III NOS R2R Tube Dac w/ SE upgrades.

    Burmester 948, McIntosh MCLK12, Kimber Kable, Siltech, Cardas, Avanti Audio cables.

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    Re: My Sonus Faber Stradivari - Curiosity got the better of me!

    Quote Originally Posted by joeinid View Post
    You never know.
    But seriously, Joe, you have some amazing speakers in the Avant-Garde Duo XD’s. What’s your favorite amp on them in your stable?

    Best,
    Ken
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    Source: MSB Select II DAC with Two Mono Powerbases, Femto 33 Clock, Renderer V2 Digital Input Module and Roon Nucleus Plus
    Amps: Vandersteen M7-HPA Mono Amps
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    Power: Two AudioQuest Niagara 5000’s with AudioQuest Dragon and Hurricane Power Cords

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    Re: My Sonus Faber Stradivari - Curiosity got the better of me!

    Right now, by far, the SIT3 is head and shoulders above the rest, especially for solid state. If I had to pick only one amp, the SIT3 wins.

    I think the Duo prefer tubes and the Luxman MQ300 and Wooden amp are best for different reasons. The Luxman has a fuller and sweeter tone while the Wooden amp is a little more lively and airy with a more balanced presentation.



    Quote Originally Posted by Alpinist View Post
    But seriously, Joe, you have some amazing speakers in the Avant-Garde Duo XD’s. What’s your favorite amp on them in your stable?

    Best,
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    Wharfedale Linton w/ stands, Avantgarde Duo XD, Klipsch RB-75, Klipsch RP-160M.

    Luxman 590AX Mark II, Job INTegrated.

    Conrad Johnson GAT2, Wyred 4 Sound STP-SE Stage 2, Misho Myronov Wooden pre.

    Misho Myronov Wooden amp, First Watt SIT-3 (x 2 - one as backup), First Watt F7, Job 250 Monos, Valvet E2se, NuForce STA200, AkitikA GT-102 amp, ASL Wave monos, Dennis Had 45 monos. Absolute Audio Labs PCF 25 amp (improved First Watt F7 super clone)

    RME Audio ADI-2 DAC FS, ModWright Ultimate Sony XA-5400ES, Audio Mirror Tubadour III NOS R2R Tube Dac w/ SE upgrades.

    Burmester 948, McIntosh MCLK12, Kimber Kable, Siltech, Cardas, Avanti Audio cables.

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    Re: My Sonus Faber Stradivari - Curiosity got the better of me!

    I’m late to this thread and just recently discovered AudioShark.

    I was able to locate a late vintage pair of SF Stradivari (2015 build) in mint condition. I’ve heard many speakers including the newer line of SF including my Amati Futura’s which I still own as well as Wilson models at my local SF/Wilson dealer. To my ears, the Strads are magical and my favorite speakers. Just my 2 cents.
    STEREO: Aurender N10, Ayre QX-5, Ayre KX-R TWENTY, Ayre MX-R TWENTY, PS Audio DirectStream & PS Audio DMP, Sonus Faber Stradivari speakers, Wireworld Platinum Eclipse 8 speaker cables, Shunyata Research Sigma and WireWorld Platinum Eclipse 8 interconnects, Shunyata Research Sigma v1, Omega XC, & Synergistic Research Galileo power cords, Shunyata Everest power distributor, Dedicated 20amp AC lines with Oyaide Duplexes.

    A/V SYSTEM: Sony A9G 77” OLED (main), Sony A9F 65” OLED, Sony A8G 65”OLED , Anthem MCA525, Anthem AVM 60, Lexicon DD-8 for Atmos, Sonus Faber Amati Futura L+R, ProAc Response CC, AT surrounds, Triad Atmos ceiling speakers x4 , JL112E, Oppo 203 & 103, TiVo Bolt, Apple 4KTV, Shunyata Research Denali 6000/S v2 & Shunyata Research Triton v3. Auralex room tx, black-out curtains, Audioquest speaker & HDMI cables, Shunyata Research Sigma & Venom V10NR power cords. Dedicated 20 amp AC lines.

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    Re: My Sonus Faber Stradivari - Curiosity got the better of me!

    Hi RLF,

    Congratulations on a great find. The Strads are wonderful and with your Ayre gear, I know they are spectacular. Enjoy!
    Wharfedale Linton w/ stands, Avantgarde Duo XD, Klipsch RB-75, Klipsch RP-160M.

    Luxman 590AX Mark II, Job INTegrated.

    Conrad Johnson GAT2, Wyred 4 Sound STP-SE Stage 2, Misho Myronov Wooden pre.

    Misho Myronov Wooden amp, First Watt SIT-3 (x 2 - one as backup), First Watt F7, Job 250 Monos, Valvet E2se, NuForce STA200, AkitikA GT-102 amp, ASL Wave monos, Dennis Had 45 monos. Absolute Audio Labs PCF 25 amp (improved First Watt F7 super clone)

    RME Audio ADI-2 DAC FS, ModWright Ultimate Sony XA-5400ES, Audio Mirror Tubadour III NOS R2R Tube Dac w/ SE upgrades.

    Burmester 948, McIntosh MCLK12, Kimber Kable, Siltech, Cardas, Avanti Audio cables.

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    Re: My Sonus Faber Stradivari - Curiosity got the better of me!

    Quote Originally Posted by joeinid View Post
    Hi RLF,

    Congratulations on a great find. The Strads are wonderful and with your Ayre gear, I know they are spectacular. Enjoy!
    Thanks joeinid. Yes, a great find and the sound that I was looking for. They do sound great with my Ayre gear. I remember that you once owned a pair.
    STEREO: Aurender N10, Ayre QX-5, Ayre KX-R TWENTY, Ayre MX-R TWENTY, PS Audio DirectStream & PS Audio DMP, Sonus Faber Stradivari speakers, Wireworld Platinum Eclipse 8 speaker cables, Shunyata Research Sigma and WireWorld Platinum Eclipse 8 interconnects, Shunyata Research Sigma v1, Omega XC, & Synergistic Research Galileo power cords, Shunyata Everest power distributor, Dedicated 20amp AC lines with Oyaide Duplexes.

    A/V SYSTEM: Sony A9G 77” OLED (main), Sony A9F 65” OLED, Sony A8G 65”OLED , Anthem MCA525, Anthem AVM 60, Lexicon DD-8 for Atmos, Sonus Faber Amati Futura L+R, ProAc Response CC, AT surrounds, Triad Atmos ceiling speakers x4 , JL112E, Oppo 203 & 103, TiVo Bolt, Apple 4KTV, Shunyata Research Denali 6000/S v2 & Shunyata Research Triton v3. Auralex room tx, black-out curtains, Audioquest speaker & HDMI cables, Shunyata Research Sigma & Venom V10NR power cords. Dedicated 20 amp AC lines.

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    Re: My Sonus Faber Stradivari - Curiosity got the better of me!

    I did. I had the Ayre combo too but don’t remember if I had them on my Strads. I wish I kept notes. I think the Ayre/Strad combo is near impossible to beat.
    Wharfedale Linton w/ stands, Avantgarde Duo XD, Klipsch RB-75, Klipsch RP-160M.

    Luxman 590AX Mark II, Job INTegrated.

    Conrad Johnson GAT2, Wyred 4 Sound STP-SE Stage 2, Misho Myronov Wooden pre.

    Misho Myronov Wooden amp, First Watt SIT-3 (x 2 - one as backup), First Watt F7, Job 250 Monos, Valvet E2se, NuForce STA200, AkitikA GT-102 amp, ASL Wave monos, Dennis Had 45 monos. Absolute Audio Labs PCF 25 amp (improved First Watt F7 super clone)

    RME Audio ADI-2 DAC FS, ModWright Ultimate Sony XA-5400ES, Audio Mirror Tubadour III NOS R2R Tube Dac w/ SE upgrades.

    Burmester 948, McIntosh MCLK12, Kimber Kable, Siltech, Cardas, Avanti Audio cables.

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    Re: My Sonus Faber Stradivari - Curiosity got the better of me!

    The Strads was constructed quite some time ago and I think Franco was ahead of his time in many ways and todays gains in amplifier designs show that Strads are still delivering more than ever. Of course I am very biased with my own pair in service Anyway I have heard and have some other Franco designs that show the same SQ gains with todays electronics still 30 years after being designed. Kudos to Franc!!!

    Mike
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    Re: My Sonus Faber Stradivari - Curiosity got the better of me!

    Strads still use what has to be considered current drive unit technology. All of those drive units are used to this day in varoius current speakers. At the time they have been launched - they were simply state of the art:

    Stradivati 8.jpg

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    Adam

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    Re: My Sonus Faber Stradivari - Curiosity got the better of me!

    Adam,
    any difference between these and the 35th Anniversary that you know of?
    Thanks

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    Re: My Sonus Faber Stradivari - Curiosity got the better of me!

    Quote Originally Posted by joeinid View Post
    I did. I had the Ayre combo too but don’t remember if I had them on my Strads. I wish I kept notes. I think the Ayre/Strad combo is near impossible to beat.
    Yes I did have that combo. Man that was great!

    E8BF837D-7345-4540-95A5-D479DC798D95.jpeg
    Wharfedale Linton w/ stands, Avantgarde Duo XD, Klipsch RB-75, Klipsch RP-160M.

    Luxman 590AX Mark II, Job INTegrated.

    Conrad Johnson GAT2, Wyred 4 Sound STP-SE Stage 2, Misho Myronov Wooden pre.

    Misho Myronov Wooden amp, First Watt SIT-3 (x 2 - one as backup), First Watt F7, Job 250 Monos, Valvet E2se, NuForce STA200, AkitikA GT-102 amp, ASL Wave monos, Dennis Had 45 monos. Absolute Audio Labs PCF 25 amp (improved First Watt F7 super clone)

    RME Audio ADI-2 DAC FS, ModWright Ultimate Sony XA-5400ES, Audio Mirror Tubadour III NOS R2R Tube Dac w/ SE upgrades.

    Burmester 948, McIntosh MCLK12, Kimber Kable, Siltech, Cardas, Avanti Audio cables.

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    Re: My Sonus Faber Stradivari - Curiosity got the better of me!

    Joe,
    this red color is really beautiful too...
    Any particular reason you let them go? Or just the itch to try something else?

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    Re: My Sonus Faber Stradivari - Curiosity got the better of me!

    Quote Originally Posted by Lucidear View Post
    Joe,
    this red color is really beautiful too...
    Any particular reason you let them go? Or just the itch to try something else?
    Thank you.

    Just an itch for horns. Now I have Avantgarde duo XD and I’m very happy. The Strads still hold a special place in my heart.
    Wharfedale Linton w/ stands, Avantgarde Duo XD, Klipsch RB-75, Klipsch RP-160M.

    Luxman 590AX Mark II, Job INTegrated.

    Conrad Johnson GAT2, Wyred 4 Sound STP-SE Stage 2, Misho Myronov Wooden pre.

    Misho Myronov Wooden amp, First Watt SIT-3 (x 2 - one as backup), First Watt F7, Job 250 Monos, Valvet E2se, NuForce STA200, AkitikA GT-102 amp, ASL Wave monos, Dennis Had 45 monos. Absolute Audio Labs PCF 25 amp (improved First Watt F7 super clone)

    RME Audio ADI-2 DAC FS, ModWright Ultimate Sony XA-5400ES, Audio Mirror Tubadour III NOS R2R Tube Dac w/ SE upgrades.

    Burmester 948, McIntosh MCLK12, Kimber Kable, Siltech, Cardas, Avanti Audio cables.

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    Re: My Sonus Faber Stradivari - Curiosity got the better of me!

    Thanks Joe
    They sound like they don't have that clinical separation that the likes of Magicos have, but top to bottom they sound really musical and enjoyable...
    enjoy your horns...
    best

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    Re: My Sonus Faber Stradivari - Curiosity got the better of me!

    That is what I have now including the Ayre. To my ears, the Ayre R series sound great with the Strads. My Strads are of a late manufacture date done in the original “Red” finish. However, I love the color of these pictured here which appear to be the same finish as my Amati Futuras.



    Quote Originally Posted by joeinid View Post
    Yes I did have that combo. Man that was great!

    E8BF837D-7345-4540-95A5-D479DC798D95.jpeg
    STEREO: Aurender N10, Ayre QX-5, Ayre KX-R TWENTY, Ayre MX-R TWENTY, PS Audio DirectStream & PS Audio DMP, Sonus Faber Stradivari speakers, Wireworld Platinum Eclipse 8 speaker cables, Shunyata Research Sigma and WireWorld Platinum Eclipse 8 interconnects, Shunyata Research Sigma v1, Omega XC, & Synergistic Research Galileo power cords, Shunyata Everest power distributor, Dedicated 20amp AC lines with Oyaide Duplexes.

    A/V SYSTEM: Sony A9G 77” OLED (main), Sony A9F 65” OLED, Sony A8G 65”OLED , Anthem MCA525, Anthem AVM 60, Lexicon DD-8 for Atmos, Sonus Faber Amati Futura L+R, ProAc Response CC, AT surrounds, Triad Atmos ceiling speakers x4 , JL112E, Oppo 203 & 103, TiVo Bolt, Apple 4KTV, Shunyata Research Denali 6000/S v2 & Shunyata Research Triton v3. Auralex room tx, black-out curtains, Audioquest speaker & HDMI cables, Shunyata Research Sigma & Venom V10NR power cords. Dedicated 20 amp AC lines.

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    Re: My Sonus Faber Stradivari - Curiosity got the better of me!

    Sometimes we don’t realize how good we had it until it’s gone.

    The whole package is better than the sum of the parts. The synergy was outstanding.
    Wharfedale Linton w/ stands, Avantgarde Duo XD, Klipsch RB-75, Klipsch RP-160M.

    Luxman 590AX Mark II, Job INTegrated.

    Conrad Johnson GAT2, Wyred 4 Sound STP-SE Stage 2, Misho Myronov Wooden pre.

    Misho Myronov Wooden amp, First Watt SIT-3 (x 2 - one as backup), First Watt F7, Job 250 Monos, Valvet E2se, NuForce STA200, AkitikA GT-102 amp, ASL Wave monos, Dennis Had 45 monos. Absolute Audio Labs PCF 25 amp (improved First Watt F7 super clone)

    RME Audio ADI-2 DAC FS, ModWright Ultimate Sony XA-5400ES, Audio Mirror Tubadour III NOS R2R Tube Dac w/ SE upgrades.

    Burmester 948, McIntosh MCLK12, Kimber Kable, Siltech, Cardas, Avanti Audio cables.

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    Re: My Sonus Faber Stradivari - Curiosity got the better of me!

    Quote Originally Posted by joeinid View Post
    Sometimes we don’t realize how good we had it until it’s gone.

    The whole package is better than the sum of the parts. The synergy was outstanding.
    Hi Joe,

    I absolutely agree. I’ve sold a few things that I’ve latter regretted selling. I almost sold my SF Amati Futura’s when I bought my SF Strad’s, but fortunately I pulled out at the last minute. The AF sound fantastic in my HT system.
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    Re: My Sonus Faber Stradivari - Curiosity got the better of me!

    What is it about Strad/Amp combos?

    You guys heard it with the Ayres, I have it with McIntosh MC2301s. What is it that makes that synergy? I ask to understand what other amps I might list after.
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    Re: My Sonus Faber Stradivari - Curiosity got the better of me!

    Quote Originally Posted by crwilli View Post
    What is it about Strad/Amp combos?

    You guys heard it with the Ayres, I have it with McIntosh MC2301s. What is it that makes that synergy? I ask to understand what other amps I might list after.
    One thing I regret is that I fell in love with the Strads when I heard them with MC2301 and a C500T at the time. Why I never got the 2301 for my home, I’ll never know. I even had several opportunities to make it happen but for some reason never did. That was a mistake on my part.
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    Re: My Sonus Faber Stradivari - Curiosity got the better of me!

    Quote Originally Posted by Lucidear View Post
    Adam,
    any difference between these and the 35th Anniversary that you know of?
    Thanks
    No difference, only the finish. I was curious myself and this is the answer I got from a friend working there.
    Adam

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    Re: My Sonus Faber Stradivari - Curiosity got the better of me!

    Quote Originally Posted by Elberoth View Post
    No difference, only the finish. I was curious myself and this is the answer I got from a friend working there.
    Thank you
    I guess it's like the locals say in Thailand:
    "Same same no different..."
    anyhow,
    so you know, it seems like a scammer has hijacked your pictures and is advertising your speaker in France. You can see that on hifi-shark...

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    Re: My Sonus Faber Stradivari - Curiosity got the better of me!

    Anyone tried them with D'Agostino amplification? I am toying with the idea of running an integrated D'Ag Momentum!

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    Re: My Sonus Faber Stradivari - Curiosity got the better of me!

    I think it should work nicely with the Strads. The Momentum is one of my all time fav integrateds.

    I had one on loan for the couple of weeks - it worked beautifully with my M3s (which are not so easy to drive).
    Adam

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    Re: My Sonus Faber Stradivari - Curiosity got the better of me!

    Thanks Adam,

    Despite the Strads 92 dB/W/m I noticed they need some juice to get the base in order, something that I did not hear from some tubed setups albeit sounding great in the rest of the freq reg.

    I'd like to stay with single box solutions so not many choices out there and then just add a top phono amp. Aavik U-300 has been a great friend but it s time to up the game.

    Mike
    Main system: Aavik Acoustics U-300, Incoming TechDAS AF V Premium, Kuzma Stabi R + Kuzma 4P11" Gemstone upgrade/Kondo silver + Soundsmith Sussurro II, Naim streamer + Teddy Pardo psu, Sonus Faber Stradivari 35 Anniversary, full cable loom Ansuz Acoustics, D on signal side, Mainz DTC/D2 + Mainz8 D-TC power distributor. All individual equipment and cables rest on Ansuz Acoustics Darkz DTC. Dedicated mains supply (Audience Conductor) with Klangmodule fuse system and Furutech receptacles. Other systems: Collection of Sonus Faber classics (Franco S design), tube gear and transistor designs, CD-transports and players, turntables and collection of cables

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