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SONUS FABER BOOKSHELF SPEAKER ADVICE: Lumina II; Sonetto I; Sonetto II; Venere 1.5

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I don't know if you have already bought something, but as an SF lover (i owned the Sonus Faber quid amplifier with the concertino and Cremona, and now i own a musica amp and a pair of Sonus Faber Pryma), if you liked the Cremona auditor i would suggest you to listen to concertino or concerto (First series, not the Home or Domus version) they has a very warm, but reactive sound (the classical sound of Sonus Faber)
 
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I don't know if you have already bought something, but as an SF lover (i owned the Sonus Faber quid amplifier with the concertino and Cremona, and now i own a musica amp and a pair of Sonus Faber Pryma), if you liked the Cremona auditor i would suggest you to listen to concertino or concerto (First series, not the Home or Domus version) they has a very warm, but reactive sound (the classical sound of Sonus Faber)
Thanks. Unfortunately I have not bought anything yet, or even shopped more recently, and likely will not for a while as I had/have some health expenses now, and so need to save money for speakers all over again. I have read great reviews of the Concerto/Concertino. Were Sonus faber speakers designated "Home / Domus" different in that they were intended more for HT use?

I will say the last time I heard some Sf together they were Lumina II and the Cremona Auditor (not "M") A/B back and forth quite a few times, on a basic Cambridge Audio amp like mine. The Cremona still sounded great, as in the two sessions before, but the Lumina II gave up very little to them, in my limited experience. The Lumina II sounded not as deep/wide as the Cremona but nonetheless impressive to me.
 
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I dislike researching and finding threads that the OP never concluded with a decision, so here is my last post on this:

Short story: Sonus faber Sonetto I for various reasons.

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Sorry for the delayed reply, but the final decision only occurred recently.

I decided I did not want to buy the Sonus faber Cremona Auditor because of the color/no grilles/price/stands, ergo not risk damage transporting them home and back, so I decided it was between Sonus faber Lumina II, Sonus faber Sonetto I, Vandersteen VLR Wood, and KEF R3. I did A/B compare the Lumina II and the Cremona at the dealer one last (third) time, and was sufficiently impressed with the Lumina II on second/third listen that I thought excluding the Cremona Auditor was the correct decision.

I had already crossed the KEF R3, as good as they are, off the list for my specific preferences and purposes.

Then, as noted above, I really liked the Vandersteen VLR Wood but also had some issues with them and decided I would be happier without them.

So in the end I bought the Sonus faber Sonetto I. They arrived today, are connected, and I have been listening to them for the last 4 hours. They are great, even better than at both dealers. I like everything about them, sonically, and find the design and piano black color really elegant. I love them.

Honestly I think I would have been OK with any of those 4 listed above, but feel like these are the right ones. I am not a seller/flipper; these will be with me a long time, likely for my life.

I will finish by saying that the new "entry level" Sonus faber are excellent, very consistent across Lumina and Sonetto lines. Fabrication is top-notch, and they sounded excellent in different stores, with different equipment. They are strong. That said, the:
Lumina I: just too small, only good for a desktop/small bedroom in my opinion. Not feasible in a larger, standard room in a 2.0 or 2.1 system.
Lumina II: really excellent, much "bigger" presence than the Lumina I and even gives very little away to the Sonetto I. Definitely worth the cost increase vs Lumina I.
Sonetto I: I do prefer the larger size, the lute shape, and the piano black finish of Sonetto over Lumina. I also think they sound a bit more developed, refined, balanced. Initially I was not sure that the $600 cost difference between Lumina II and Sonetto I was worth it (I still think it might not be for many buyers, especially when buying new) but in the end considering the characteristics and the fact that I am a one-time buyer I did think it worth it for myself. They merge extremely well with the Rythmik L12 subwoofers. I really have no regrets.
Sonetto II: I never had a chance to hear these but I suspect they are super. Worth the cost increase over Sonetto I? That I do not know; they seem very similar.

I am in the studio now, across a small hall from the living room where the Sonetto I are playing, so I am very off-axis, etc. The sound is still wonderful, precise, rich, light. In fact when I walk into the living room, and then into the kitchen, I really do not find the Sonetto I sound changing much with axis shifts and distance, other than volume of course. That is great performance for my life-style.

Room:
Standard residential living/dining room, approximately 14' x 18' + 7' x 6' nook
(circa 294 sq ft / 2,350 cu ft)

Equipment:
Speakers: 2x Sonus faber Sonetto I
Subwoofers: 2x Rythmik L12
Integrated Amplifier: Cambridge Audio 851A
Network Player: Cambridge Audio 851N
CD Player: Rotel RCC-955
Cables: various Blue Jeans Cable


Thanks to all who advised and participated here.
 
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