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Sonus Faber Concert Home
15 Reviews
rating  4.73 of 5
MSRP  1895.00
Description: System: 13 litres two way system, front reflex port. Cabinet: Construction with decoupled side panels for resonance control.


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by AAG a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: January 11, 2005

Bottom Line:   
I've only just taken delivery of these speakers, so this review is based on my impressions of them compared to the other brands I auditioned recently.

My primary requirements were for high quality speakers which will be easy to move (so no big floorstanders), produce great music which will make me want to dance around the house, be possessed of GOOD BASS, and be a pleasure to listen to for hours at a time.

Firstly, Concertos are refined, linear and musical speakers. Their design focuses on accurate and balanced sound reproduction within the necessary limitations of the "compact" speaker format. They are not as "fast" a some other speakers and at first may sound a little laid-back or woolley, particularly if you are used to listening to a brighter pair of speakers. I also listened to similar speakers by Triangle, B&W, Tannoy, KEF and Acoustic Energy - some of these surpassed the Concertos in one or another area (better extension on the B&Ws, better dynamics on the Triangles, etc) but none had the strengths of the Concertos.

As well as being linear they are largely devoid of cabinet colourations. I have owned bipolar, screen and open baffle speakers and the Concertos present music in a similar way, with no boxiness or other cabinet induced problems.

Although not "fast", of all the speakers I listened to the Concertos were the ones which made me feel the music most effectively - it seemed to become more believable and involving on the Concertos. This was due to the speakers' ability to reproduce the very subtle dynamics in music which convey a sense of timbre, and also to their ability to portray a very detailed and focused soundstage. Consequently, a trumpet does not sound like a trumpety noise somewhere in front of the listener, it is a strongly localised image that really sounds like human lips blowing air down a metal horn. Violins sound like taught strings being brushed by bows, and percussion sounds dynamic and powerful, with strong transients. Electronic music gains "body" and voices convey more passion and are more distinct.

The Concertos compare favourably in this sense of creating a believable musical image with other hi quality speakers I have heard: Von Schweikert, Alon, Martin Logan, VAF, and Infinity.

The only weakness I could think of is the lack of very deep bass (effective bass goes down flat to about 60Hz) and a slight los of sparkle from the high frequencies as compared to the Concertino, the Concertos' younger sibling. The two speakers are similar, but overall the Concertos are bright and dynamic, whereas the Concertos are more open and relaxed.

The lack of bass is compensated for by the addition of a high quality subwoofer, which I would consider mandatory for these speakers if you listen to electronica, house, dance or louder and bassier rock. In fact, I'd recommend a sub to any owner of Concertos or Concertinos - you will enjoy the music more. I chose a REL Storm III sub as the best match for the Concertos. The REL has great flexibility with upper cutoff and slope and can be set to integrate with main speakers easily. It is also a very musical and involving sub which supports the small main speakers perfectly. It is not primarily a cinema effects sub, and is run from the high level amp speaker terminals, effectively bi-wired with the main speakers.

I found that I was able to achieve remarkably lifelike and enjoyable music with this combination of speakers - it outperforms most floorstanding speakers I have heard, but the sub is essential.

I also listened to the Gravis, Sonus Faber's own subwoofer. It is a fine performer, about the same price as the REL Storm III, and with certain strengths not possessed by the REL. Very deep bass was better, as was general articulation - this is absolutely not a "one note bass" sub - and plucked upright bass sounded the best I've heard. The REL did not perform quite as well, BUT what it does do is enhance the music from the Concertos overall - they "bloom" with the REL - it is simply a partnership which works.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Andy a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: July 31, 2003

Bottom Line:   
I bought these used because I couldn't afford a new pair. I think I was sweating bad from excitement and 100% humidity when I first unpacked my Concerto Homes. In terms of looks, pictures don't do these justice. I've got them sitting on Sonus Faber Adjustable Iron stands, and I want to buy new furniture to match these now.

Wow. These are musical instruments. They blew away my old Infinitys the moment I hooked them up...before I took another 6 weeks to find good placement. I haven't upgraded my center yet, and even my tone-deaf buddy uttered, "Wow...it sounds better without the center channel. Go back" when I fiddled between 2-channel and DTS. My center now sounds like noise people in a box to me.

Soundstaging is excellent. These in no way sound boxy. I sit 11 feet away, and they're spaced 6.5 feet apart, slightly toed in so they intersect a couple yards behind me. The tweeters are level with my ear while seated. My main room is FAR--imagine walking to the Sun--from ideal, but they still sound wonderful. Female voices are rich and lush; male voices sound full like they've got a pair; instruments sound real. It sounds there...refined. The bass is outstanding for a monitor. Keep in mind I bought these because I like the decoupled-from-the-floor sound of stand mounters. Lately, I find my subwoofer off because it desecrates the Concertos, but Looking to upgrade to a REL.

I will agree all music sounds great, but you don't get the kick of Dynaudio or B&W--metal tweeters AHHHHHHHH--if you like hard or harsh music, so don't expect to head-bang to these. If you've got a favorite sweetspot (the one your buddies claim is a probable sinkhole or couch defect) and want to close your eyes and enjoy some music, buy these. Make sure you open your eyes every now and then to look at them...they really are gorgeous. Would I pay full price for these? I'm not that obsessive (though my friends claim otherwise), but they're well worth my investment.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by bierut a Casual Listener

Date Reviewed: March 30, 2003

Bottom Line:   
"It's disturbing, listening to your speakers. Every sound has such a distinct location, I've never seen this before." One of my friends had this to say after his first experience with the concertos. (He's used to a home theatre cosisting of a 5.1 cambridge soundworks set-up, based around their towers w/ twin 8inch woofers).
From music to movies to plain old tv, the placement of sounds is amazing. I don't think a blind man would be able to find these speakers as the sound does not seem to be connected to them at all. It seems more like there are a thousand speakers on the wall infront of you, from floor to ceiling. This gives every instrument every voice every sound its own place on my wall. I regularly watch tv using only 2 concertos (no center channel, tv volume muted) and have not noticed any sounds or voices to be out of place.
I have a very diverse music collection ranging from hip-hop to Grateful Dead to trance to jazz to classical and have no complaints about the reproductions of any gere. The concertos certainly excell in their reproduction of the human voice (especially the female voice) and live & classical music (I never appreciated the piano so much before). Lately I've been listening to more trance than anything else and the concertos are always up for the base and energy of Oakenfold...
Music is free of clutter, one instument does not compete with another for the same space (an interesting side effect of this is that you can hold a conversation through music at considerable volume without raising your voice).
You'll be sure to notice details and complexity in recordings you never knew were there but you will also notice things like poor microphone placement in some of your favorite recordings. You will experience a true live feel, like you're witnessing the music being made.
These speakers a for music lovers.

Just a side note. I am only using a Denon AVR-2802 receiver. No additional amplification. I'm sure it would be nice but it is not required to enjoy these speakers.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Casual Listener

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $1800.00



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by nkn a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: February 17, 2003

Bottom Line:   
I have used these speakers for more than 1 year now, and the first thing that i would mention is that these speakers are very musical for mostly all kinds of music.
I listen to everything from jazz to electronica, and the music is always engaging from the Sonus Fabers.
Treble is very extended, but can be a little harsh with some amps.
Mid is lovely, very open and clearly defined. This speakers is a ladykiller, cause it loves to deliver womens voices on good records.
Bass is tight and heavy, but it requires a good amp to control it.
Positioning can be tricky, the Fabers need much space from the side walls.
Setup:

Sonus Faber Concerto Home speakers
Classé Cap-151 integrated amp.
Accuphase DP-55 CD-player
Rega P3 turntable/Goldring Eroica

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2002

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   Audio Concept, Denma



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Joseph English a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: November 17, 2002

Bottom Line:   
Excellant speaker with excellant build. A different kind of sound at first but after a while of really serious listening you will fall in love with it.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $1700.00

Purchased At:   Highend Store




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