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Sonus Faber Concerto Grand Piano
62 Reviews
rating  4.63 of 5
MSRP  3499.00
Description: Small, fullrange, floorstander


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jidyut Jamwal a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: October 20, 2015

Bottom Line:   
I bought these about 4 years ago second hand at a steal. the seller was emigrating from my country and just wanted to get rid of it.

It was the first "commercially considered serious" speakers that I had owned.

These are supposed to be the affordable range of sonus fabers. These are brilliant speakers. with really only a few "flaws" or rather conditions that must be passed.

1) amplifier power: this speaker demands a lot 200+ I say. I've used it with an emotive upa2, an anthem 225i, a Marantz 510m and even a smallish CEC class a 60 watter. If you've got a fairly large space to fill then you're going to need a lot of power. my suggestion would be class A power. as I felt I got the best sound out a class a amplifier but just not enough SPL.
another thing that helped me was equalization, especially on the low end. on music with intricate bass note and chord progression, in a flat setup the speakers tend to sound sloppy and dead. with an eq boost you are gold. this is a harsh critique considering the size of the drivers and the fact that its only a 2 way speaker. with the right eq settings youd would easily be fooled into thinking there is a subwoofer in the room.

2) positioning. these speakers are quite finicky about positioning as well. consider wall treatments if you don't feel you're getting the best out of your setup. this was the one off case though were amplifier power seemed to outweigh the room acoustics.

Its said that sonus fabers have a unique sound and its something that some people need to learn to like. while I have no idea if that is true I do know that the speaker is quite finicky about the amplifier its paired with. preamps with equalization / tone controls or even a dedicated equalizer is a must for this speaker. the only reason this speaker doesn't get 5 stars on value is because you'd most likely need to go through a lot of different amplifiers and/or preamplifiers before you get a sound you like. meaning you might spend more than you bargained for.

Although my main interest is in 2 channel systems, this speaker seemed to have a bit more value on the HT side. I was more impressed with its movie playback and dynamics (explosions and other sound effects) than I was with its music reproduction. (complicated guitar or bass work)




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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   1998



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by jazzpioneer a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: March 3, 2009

Bottom Line:   
If you're reading thins review, written in 2009, you're probably considering buying these SF's second hand, in which case you might not be able to listen to them first.....

you MUST listen to them with your setup before buying - if not you might be in for dissapointment...

Let me explain.... as per other reviews, these speakers need decent amplification....

I bought these second hand (I'd heard tghem years before and was impressed), and when they arrived, my big amp - (Unison Research Unico) was in the shop getting a humm fixed....

So I hooked them up to my 50W Arcam Alpa 8R. Aaaaargh they sounded horrible - harsh, fatiging.... Had I bought the wrong speakers?.... Tried biamping them with the Alpa 8, same thing!!!

Till the Unico (rated at 80W, but over 100 in practice) arrived home - a different pair of speakers... Harshness gone.

Looks like other folks on this website have had similar experiences, believe them and save yourself some misery....

Hope this helps!

Jazzpioneer, London

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1997



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by CTS a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: August 26, 2004

Bottom Line:   
Especially to those Grand Piano owners who find this speaker glaring and harsh, I would like to share with you my experience. I bought Grand Piano for both stereo playback and hometheatre use after reading Stereophile's review. Even after months of burned in, the speaker still sounded harsh and unpleasant. It wasn't the sound that I imagined from the reviewer. The tone of the human voice sounded thin and strained. I notice from the measurement(published in Stereophile), the SPL reading was quite stable until above 4KHz where the loudness will rise gradually to about 5dB@10kHz. When I measure it at home. I realized that the difference from 1KHz was like 10dB+/-2@10kHz. No wonder the GP sounded harsh and glaring in my living room. I must say that my listening room is not very well damped. My kid's nose is very sensitive to dust. Since the crossover is at 2.3kHz, the harshness seem to come mainly from the tweeter itself. I inserted facial tissue behind the grill only covering the tweeter to tame the harshness from the tweeter. After many attempts I find 3 - 4 layers will be good enough to reduce the glare. The SPL meter now read almost the same as the measurement published by Stereophile magazine (in anechoic chamber). The sound totally change. It took some time to get use to the new tone after so long being tortured by the harshness. After a week or so, I cannot stand without the tweek. The sound became balanced and laid back with sweet details. Violin, guitar and sax sounded very real. I now enjoyed it very much. No more forwardness and harsh sound. I was also able to play louder presumably because the glare is gone. By the way, I am using Audible Illusions L1 with CD input. I find the Aux and Tape inputs very unforgiving.

My conclusion is that the SPL measurement you see from anechoic chamber for you loudspeaker can be very different in your living room which is lively. Grand Piano need to well damped listening room. Try it out.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast



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

Date Reviewed: July 30, 2004

Bottom Line:   
This is an update of the earlier review that I"ve posted below. As I've pointed out earlier, the GP's do require quality amplification to shine, and this belief has been further reinforced after I've got the Plinius SA-100MkIII. Holy Moley this is the best sound that I"ve experienced in my entire life!!(at least in my home)!! I believe that the PLinius has brought out the best in the GP's no doubt about it. The Plinius-Sonus Faber combination is a match made in heaven if you are looking for a smooth and refined sound particularly ideal for jazz material and even for some slower pop music.

Breathtaking transparency and musicality for a pair of speakers that just oozes quality, only with the right amplification. I"m grounded.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Price Paid:    $1500.00



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

Date Reviewed: April 9, 2004

Bottom Line:   
Frankly speaking, I've chosen these speakers mainly for its sexy finish and curvaceous looks. Well anyway both sound and aesthetics are equally as important to me when it comes to buying speakers.

Prior to purchasing the GP's I was using B&W CDM1SE which although a small bookshelf speakers were quite respectable on its own account. However, after swapping with the GP's the difference was huge. I was using Classe CAP-100 to drive these babies. I don't want to get into the details on how it sounds like and all those improvements such as detail, soundstaging, bass.....etc. Guess you all must have been bored after reading countless of reviews here.

All that I wanted to add here is that the GP's require good amplification to shine. I've just borrowed the Audio Research D-130 power amp from one of my mate and was now using it to drive the GP's and the sound quality improved a little. I am now looking at the direction of Bryston BP-25/4B-ST amplification to drive the Grand Pianos. I strongly believe this setup will bring me to heaven.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   Used from a hifi dea




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