Rosso Fiorentino Fiesole musical instruments

marvda1marvda1 Posts: 2,985
edited May 2017 in Speakers
INTRO

I would like to start this review out with a big shout out to our own Skip of Audio Thesis for bringing this line of speakers in for us to enjoy.
I first heard Rosso Fiorentino Elba speakers that skip had at the LSAF (Lone Star Audio Fest) last year. While I thought they sounded pretty good, I still had my Usher Mini 2 dmd to fall back on.

Now enter the Fiesole stand mounts, a week before the LSAF at 8 pm when I had just sat down to eat some KFC, I get a call from Skip asking if I wanted to come over and drink a few beers and listen to these new speakers he brought in for the show. Needless to say after gulping down the chicken I jumped in the car and away I went.
That night listening to speakers that had no time to fully breakin yet, I heard great vocals, imaging, soundstaging, timing, and tonality, but still i had my Ushers to fall back on.

Going into the LSAF I had been planning and saving to purchase a pair of $8k speakers that first appeared 3 years ago at the show. I got there Thursday night and struck a deal for the speakers (at least I thought) for a good price. As the the show went on and as I would drop by Skip's room more and more I began to doubt my pre made plans.
I have a pair of speakers with the same tweeter as the $8k speakers thus I knew that they could sound a little harsh at times so I was going to bring some music by and give them a good going over for the last time to test for imaging, tonality, sound stage, and upper end smoothness.
well I didn't get the chance to as the speakers were sold out from underneath me for the seller to get an extra $500. I was a little depressed then made my way back to Skip's room and talked a little with him and sat down and listened some more to the Fiesole's, when asked what I thought about the Fiesole's, Skip then planted the seed in my head for the purchase of the higher priced Fiesole's
The rest is history.

I am going to write this review in sections as listed below.

1. Intro (you're reading it)
2. Equipment and music used along with a description of the speakers
3. High end, Mid range, Bass breakdown
4. Tonality, Imaging, Sound stage, Pace, Balance beakdown
5. Overall impressions and final thoughts.

This may be spread out over a little time as I am headed to Cancun Thursday, but I'll try to get it all in before I get too drunk B)

http://www.rossofiorentino.com/en/home.asp

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Amplifiers: MasterSound Compact 845, Ayre v6xe, Consonance Cyber 800, Usher R1.5
Preamp: deHavilland Ultraverve 3
Transport/Dac: Cayin Venus cd-100i, Musical Paradise mp-d2 mkI
Speakers: Rosso Fiorentino Volterra
Speaker Cables: Analysis Plus Black Mesh Oval 9, Cerious Technologies Graphene Extreme
Interconnects: Analysis Plus Copper Oval-In Micro, MG Audio Design Planus Cu2,
Cerious Technologies Graphene Extreme
Power Cables by: Cullen Cables, 6sons Audio, Swiss Cables
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  • treitz3treitz3 Posts: 12,362
    Lookin' forward to it man. Rock on wit'yo' bad self!

    Tom
    In search of accurate reproduction of music. Real sound is my reference and while perfection may not be attainable? If I chase it, I might just catch excellence.

    The best way to enjoy digital music reproduction is to never listen to good analogue reproduction.
  • halenhalen Posts: 323
    Marvin,

    Can't wait to see your review. Have a great trip!

    halen
  • marvda1marvda1 Posts: 2,985
    I threw some pretty goo equipment at the Fiesole's and they responded with sound made in heaven :'(

    For source I used a combination of the cayin venus CD-100i cdp as transport along with the Musical Paradise Mp-d2 tube dsd dac (wonderful combination).

    Preamp is the excellent DeHavilland Ultraverve III preamp with upgraded Mundorf gold, silver, oil caps and various 6sn7 tubes.

    Amplifiers used were the Consonance Cyber 800 tube monoblocks (78 watts) and Ayre V-6xe power amp (150 watts).

    Interconnects used are the MG Audio Design Planus Cu2

    Speaker cables used are the Cerious Graphene Extreme

    Power cables used are from Cullen Cables, Six Sons Audio, and Swiss cables

    Music used is as follows:

    Ahmad Jamal - I Remember Duke, Hoagy & Strayhorn (great piano)
    Heifetz - Double Concertos (Living Stereo label) my classical fix
    Ronnie Earl - Healing Time (Telarc label) blues with a great sounding Hammond organ
    Vanessa Fernandez - Use Me female vocals
    Jeff Buckley - Grace male vocals with minimal instrument (guitar)

    THE SPEAKERS

    http://www.rossofiorentino.com/en/collections-fiesole.asp
    "The Reference series represents the quintessential expression of RF's design where the concept of elegance, in technology and look, is seen as the key to performance."
    Type:

    2-way rear-ported stand mounted
    Sensitivity:

    86.5 dBSpl (2.83V/1m)
    Nominal impedance:

    8Ω (min 5Ω)
    Freq. response (-3dB):

    50Hz - 100kHz
    Drivers:

    1 x Ø165mm (6.5 in) Nomex diaphragm woofer
    1 x Ø28mm (1.1 in) hand treated cloth soft dome tweeter
    1 x ribbon diaphragm ultrasonic generator
    Internal wiring:

    Single wire, multistrand. High purity dense Silver coated high purity OFC (Van den Hul)
    Terminals:

    custom-made Rosso Fiorentino BP-01R: pure copper, rhodium plated (100% Nickel free)
    Cabinet:

    Solid high density fiberboard + internal damping elements. 10mm thick aluminium front panels. Asymmetric braced structure
    Dimensions (HxWxD):

    40 x 28 x 31 cm - (15.7 x 11 x 12 in)
    Weight:

    13 Kg (28.7 lb) each

    Stands:
    Sturdy high density fiberboard marble chips filled stand
    - Steel disks on the top base for speaker and stand decoupling
    - Adjustable spikes for accurate decoupling and different flooring needs


    Weight: 12 Kg (26,5 lbs) each
    Dimensions (HxWxD): 63x22x31,5 cm (24,8x8,7x12,4 inches)
    Height with spikes and cones: 67cm (26,4 inches)

    Amplifiers: MasterSound Compact 845, Ayre v6xe, Consonance Cyber 800, Usher R1.5
    Preamp: deHavilland Ultraverve 3
    Transport/Dac: Cayin Venus cd-100i, Musical Paradise mp-d2 mkI
    Speakers: Rosso Fiorentino Volterra
    Speaker Cables: Analysis Plus Black Mesh Oval 9, Cerious Technologies Graphene Extreme
    Interconnects: Analysis Plus Copper Oval-In Micro, MG Audio Design Planus Cu2,
    Cerious Technologies Graphene Extreme
    Power Cables by: Cullen Cables, 6sons Audio, Swiss Cables
  • marvda1marvda1 Posts: 2,985
    well, i'm back. will try to finish up tonight.
    Amplifiers: MasterSound Compact 845, Ayre v6xe, Consonance Cyber 800, Usher R1.5
    Preamp: deHavilland Ultraverve 3
    Transport/Dac: Cayin Venus cd-100i, Musical Paradise mp-d2 mkI
    Speakers: Rosso Fiorentino Volterra
    Speaker Cables: Analysis Plus Black Mesh Oval 9, Cerious Technologies Graphene Extreme
    Interconnects: Analysis Plus Copper Oval-In Micro, MG Audio Design Planus Cu2,
    Cerious Technologies Graphene Extreme
    Power Cables by: Cullen Cables, 6sons Audio, Swiss Cables
  • voltzvoltz Posts: 4,932
    A little Jet Lag? Try some more Tequila B)
    2 ch- Polk CRS+ * Vincent SA-31MK Preamp * Vincent Sp-331 Amp * Marantz SA8005 SACD * Project Xperience Classic TT * Sumiko Blue Point #2 MC cartridge

    HT - Polk 703's * NAD T-758 * Adcom 5503 * Oppo 103 * Samsung 60" series 8 LCD
  • marvda1marvda1 Posts: 2,985
    Time for the meat and potatoes, the music.

    When I first listened to the Fiesoles one of the things that caught my ear was how they portrayed the sound of the piano.
    When I got them home the first thing I found was some piano to play.
    I know this just kills Skip as what I found was a jazz cd on the Telarc label by Ahmad Jamal titled I Remember Duke, Hoagy & Strayhorn ( Telarc CD-83339).

    From cut number one, My Flower, to the last, Goodbye, I could hear the weight of the piano. Each note was separate and clear. The hammer striking the strings can clearly be heard.
    One thing to listen for in piano reproduction is sympathetic vibrations, that lets say you strike middle c, you hear all the c's above it vibrate in unison.
    But you know what....it just sounds real.

    Mood change, a now popular demo cd is “Use Me” by Vanessa Fernandez:
    Drum work at the beginning of “Be Thankful For What You Got” where you can hear the stretch of the skins on the drums with each hand slap is just unreal. Brush work on “Distant Lover” is so light and airy that it makes the hair on your body stand.
    Some other quick notes are great voice on cut #5, the drums and guitar on cut # 6 are spooky.
    Cut #7 is good toe tapping music. and then there is of course # 10, “Here But I'm Gone” I love the bass and drive on this song. Don't forget the guitar solo blow the dust off your woofers.

    If you have ever heard a Hammond organ you know what I'm talking about, tonality in spades.
    I used another Telarc cd, Ronnie Earl – Healing Time ( CD-83490).
    A very good recording.

    To get my classical on I picked Heifetz Double Concertos with violin.
    Outstanding strings and full orchestra sound. This is on the Living Stereo label, great inexpensive music on hybrid sacd.
    One last song I had to listen to was Jeff Buckley's version of Hallelujah, not the version Skip used to hook me on the Fiesoles, but great in it's own right. Voice just floats across the sound stage. I like the entire cd. Give it a try, the cd is entitled “Grace”.
    Amplifiers: MasterSound Compact 845, Ayre v6xe, Consonance Cyber 800, Usher R1.5
    Preamp: deHavilland Ultraverve 3
    Transport/Dac: Cayin Venus cd-100i, Musical Paradise mp-d2 mkI
    Speakers: Rosso Fiorentino Volterra
    Speaker Cables: Analysis Plus Black Mesh Oval 9, Cerious Technologies Graphene Extreme
    Interconnects: Analysis Plus Copper Oval-In Micro, MG Audio Design Planus Cu2,
    Cerious Technologies Graphene Extreme
    Power Cables by: Cullen Cables, 6sons Audio, Swiss Cables
  • EndersShadowEndersShadow Posts: 15,611
    What about Snoop Dog, Skrillex, AC/DC, Vanila Ice and MC Hammer? How do they sound on em :wink:
    "....not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted." William Bruce Cameron, Informal Sociology: A Casual Introduction to Sociological Thinking (1963)
  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 9,603
    What about Snoop Dog, Skrillex, AC/DC, Vanila Ice and MC Hammer? How do they sound on em :wink:

    Go ahead and mail those horns back to me :)
    2-channel: Modwright KWI-200 Integrated, Dynaudio C1-II Signatures
    Desktop rig: LSi7, Polk 110sub, Dayens Ampino amp, W4S DAC/pre, Sonos, JRiver
    Gear on standby: Melody 101 tube pre, Unison Research Simply Italy Integrated
    Gone to new homes: (Matt Polk's)Threshold Stasis SA12e monoblocks, Pass XA30.5 amp, Usher MD2 speakers, Dynaudio C4 platinum speakers, Modwright LS100 (voltz), Simaudio 780D DAC
  • marvda1marvda1 Posts: 2,985
    What about Snoop Dog, Skrillex, AC/DC, Vanila Ice and MC Hammer? How do they sound on em :wink:

    Elton John sounds great :D
    Amplifiers: MasterSound Compact 845, Ayre v6xe, Consonance Cyber 800, Usher R1.5
    Preamp: deHavilland Ultraverve 3
    Transport/Dac: Cayin Venus cd-100i, Musical Paradise mp-d2 mkI
    Speakers: Rosso Fiorentino Volterra
    Speaker Cables: Analysis Plus Black Mesh Oval 9, Cerious Technologies Graphene Extreme
    Interconnects: Analysis Plus Copper Oval-In Micro, MG Audio Design Planus Cu2,
    Cerious Technologies Graphene Extreme
    Power Cables by: Cullen Cables, 6sons Audio, Swiss Cables
  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 9,603
    marvda1 wrote: »
    What about Snoop Dog, Skrillex, AC/DC, Vanila Ice and MC Hammer? How do they sound on em :wink:

    Elton John sounds great :D

    Ehh not my first choice

    ...John Denver :)
    2-channel: Modwright KWI-200 Integrated, Dynaudio C1-II Signatures
    Desktop rig: LSi7, Polk 110sub, Dayens Ampino amp, W4S DAC/pre, Sonos, JRiver
    Gear on standby: Melody 101 tube pre, Unison Research Simply Italy Integrated
    Gone to new homes: (Matt Polk's)Threshold Stasis SA12e monoblocks, Pass XA30.5 amp, Usher MD2 speakers, Dynaudio C4 platinum speakers, Modwright LS100 (voltz), Simaudio 780D DAC
  • EndersShadowEndersShadow Posts: 15,611
    txcoastal1 wrote: »
    What about Snoop Dog, Skrillex, AC/DC, Vanila Ice and MC Hammer? How do they sound on em :wink:

    Go ahead and mail those horns back to me :)

    Lol what? House of pain will sound GREAT through them I'm sure :smile:

    I'm actually looking forward to starting that build after a bit more research on drivers.

    The crossover is the tricky part so I'm debating going active to start and then once it's hammered down moving to a passive one.

    "....not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted." William Bruce Cameron, Informal Sociology: A Casual Introduction to Sociological Thinking (1963)
  • marvda1marvda1 Posts: 2,985
    Conclusions:
    Highs: open, airy, detailed, revealing. While not shrill sounding the super tweeter/tweeter combination will pick apart any link in your system.

    Mids: tonally correct, very natural sounding. The mid range portrays instruments and voices in a lively true to life way.

    Bass: While the bass is only rated to go down to 50 hz you feel you are missing bass.

    Imaging/Soundstage: Speakers disappear with voices and instruments spread out over a wide and deep soundstage.

    I was looking to replace speakers in my second system but after hearing the Fiesoles, I began to rethink
    my whole musical outlook. Having had Ushers for a long time I thought I was through in my speaker hunt, at least in a price range I could afford as the Ushers are $5k. And now, blame it on Skip for shattering my world and also thank Skip for finding some rare gems in the audio world that we can enjoy.
    Believe me when I say if you are looking to start out in the audio world or simply tweak what you already have give Skip a call at Audio Thesis but be warned when he gives you that first hit of the ole crack pipe with that drug, Audio Nervosa Earlitus you'll be hooked for life. :p
    Amplifiers: MasterSound Compact 845, Ayre v6xe, Consonance Cyber 800, Usher R1.5
    Preamp: deHavilland Ultraverve 3
    Transport/Dac: Cayin Venus cd-100i, Musical Paradise mp-d2 mkI
    Speakers: Rosso Fiorentino Volterra
    Speaker Cables: Analysis Plus Black Mesh Oval 9, Cerious Technologies Graphene Extreme
    Interconnects: Analysis Plus Copper Oval-In Micro, MG Audio Design Planus Cu2,
    Cerious Technologies Graphene Extreme
    Power Cables by: Cullen Cables, 6sons Audio, Swiss Cables
  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 9,603
    So when do the Volterra's arrive ;)
    2-channel: Modwright KWI-200 Integrated, Dynaudio C1-II Signatures
    Desktop rig: LSi7, Polk 110sub, Dayens Ampino amp, W4S DAC/pre, Sonos, JRiver
    Gear on standby: Melody 101 tube pre, Unison Research Simply Italy Integrated
    Gone to new homes: (Matt Polk's)Threshold Stasis SA12e monoblocks, Pass XA30.5 amp, Usher MD2 speakers, Dynaudio C4 platinum speakers, Modwright LS100 (voltz), Simaudio 780D DAC
  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 14,511
    txcoastal1 wrote: »
    So when do the Volterra's arrive ;)

    Hopefully they will be stateside by the end of the month.
    audiothesis.com/

    Speakers: Harbeth: 30.2, SHL5+; Usher: Be-10, T-515; Rosso Fiorentino: Elba, Pienza, Certaldo, Fiesole, Volterra; Polk: T50, Signature S15, RTA 15tl, RTi12; Sonner Audio Allegro Unum, Legato Unum, Legato Semis, Legato Duo; Emerald Physics CS-2.8; Klipsch KLF-20
    Preamps: Shuguang S200MK, Dayens Ampino, Parasound P5
    Amps: Shuguang S845MK, Dayens Ampino Monoblocks, Parasound A23
    Integrateds: Triode Corporation TRV-88SER, MastersounD: BoX, Dueventi, Compact 845, Evolution 845; North Star Design Blue Diamond
    Sources: AURALiC Aries, Denon HEOS Link, North Star Design: Magnifico, Supremo, Incanto, Intenso, Venti
    Cabling: Wireworld
    TV: Sony XBR-75X940C
  • voltzvoltz Posts: 4,932
    Welcome back Marvin, Hope you had a awesome time!

    BTW thanks you for the Review as I have come to trust your ears.
    2 ch- Polk CRS+ * Vincent SA-31MK Preamp * Vincent Sp-331 Amp * Marantz SA8005 SACD * Project Xperience Classic TT * Sumiko Blue Point #2 MC cartridge

    HT - Polk 703's * NAD T-758 * Adcom 5503 * Oppo 103 * Samsung 60" series 8 LCD
  • marvda1marvda1 Posts: 2,985
    vacation started off great as i found a hundred dollar bill on the floor at the airport in cancun and got flashed by a couple of topless girls at the pool :p
    Amplifiers: MasterSound Compact 845, Ayre v6xe, Consonance Cyber 800, Usher R1.5
    Preamp: deHavilland Ultraverve 3
    Transport/Dac: Cayin Venus cd-100i, Musical Paradise mp-d2 mkI
    Speakers: Rosso Fiorentino Volterra
    Speaker Cables: Analysis Plus Black Mesh Oval 9, Cerious Technologies Graphene Extreme
    Interconnects: Analysis Plus Copper Oval-In Micro, MG Audio Design Planus Cu2,
    Cerious Technologies Graphene Extreme
    Power Cables by: Cullen Cables, 6sons Audio, Swiss Cables
  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 9,603
    marvda1 wrote: »
    vacation started off great as i found a hundred dollar bill on the floor at the airport in cancun and got flashed by a couple of topless girls at the pool :p

    Obviously you were in a different place than KenB
    2-channel: Modwright KWI-200 Integrated, Dynaudio C1-II Signatures
    Desktop rig: LSi7, Polk 110sub, Dayens Ampino amp, W4S DAC/pre, Sonos, JRiver
    Gear on standby: Melody 101 tube pre, Unison Research Simply Italy Integrated
    Gone to new homes: (Matt Polk's)Threshold Stasis SA12e monoblocks, Pass XA30.5 amp, Usher MD2 speakers, Dynaudio C4 platinum speakers, Modwright LS100 (voltz), Simaudio 780D DAC
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 29,082
    marvda1 wrote: »
    vacation started off great as i found a hundred dollar bill on the floor at the airport in cancun and got flashed by a couple of topless girls at the pool :p

    Now that's a great start to any vacation....or end, depending, lol

    BTW...did you mean to say "you feel like your NOT missing any bass ?
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    B&k 1403 amp
    Cary xciter dac
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    Cables-
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  • voltzvoltz Posts: 4,932
    I agree that I was not sure what you meant either about the bass.

    Thinking you wanted more bass, is why your looking at the floor standing Volterra's?

    P.s. at the LSAF Skip had the Bookies moving the curtains behind them till some people where looking behind the curtains to see if someone was moving them :p

    It became one of the coolest parts of seeing other come into Skip's room and listen to the speakers and waiting for Skip to show them how he could make the curtains dance!

    BTW yes these are a littler better then my Usher Mini X's but the bass is pretty cool already on both.
    2 ch- Polk CRS+ * Vincent SA-31MK Preamp * Vincent Sp-331 Amp * Marantz SA8005 SACD * Project Xperience Classic TT * Sumiko Blue Point #2 MC cartridge

    HT - Polk 703's * NAD T-758 * Adcom 5503 * Oppo 103 * Samsung 60" series 8 LCD
  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 14,511
    voltz wrote: »
    I agree that I was not sure what you meant either about the bass.

    Thinking you wanted more bass, is why your looking at the floor standing Volterra's?

    P.s. at the LSAF Skip had the Bookies moving the curtains behind them till some people where looking behind the curtains to see if someone was moving them :p

    It became one of the coolest parts of seeing other come into Skip's room and listen to the speakers and waiting for Skip to show them how he could make the curtains dance!

    BTW yes these are a littler better then my Usher Mini X's but the bass is pretty cool already on both.

    I love those Mini X still but these Fiesole are a different league. Then again, they should be when almost twice the price. :)

    The Fiesole can do well even in a large room but they don't get you that deep bass and they never will. Their -3db is 50 hz. The Volterra pulls it down to a -3db of 38 hz and should do very well in Marvin's room.

    The beauty with the bass the Fiesole produces is in its detail. There is texture to the notes that sucks you deeper into the music. While it won't dig, it does have presence and a realism to it where you don't necessarily miss the lower frequencies as much as you would think.

    That detail carries throughout the spectrum. The shining quality to me with the Fiesole is the, well, for lack of a better word, REALISM it brings to the music. It isn't as if you are listening to music - as you get more time with the speakers, you begin to feel as if you are listening to a performance. The sound isn't hyper-detailed, but it is extremely detailed while maintaining that realism. They are an experience to listen to and really do justice to almost any recording.

    I sampled items from John Cook, Pentatonix, Ed Sheeran, Dr. Dre, Deadmau5, and a variety of your audiophile staples and they all sounded great.


    On a side note, if you haven't heard Pentatonix's version of Hallelujah, it will make your hair stand on end. The introduction to that song is almost ethereal and makes everyone simply shut up when it starts. It has become one of my favorite demo tracks.
    audiothesis.com/

    Speakers: Harbeth: 30.2, SHL5+; Usher: Be-10, T-515; Rosso Fiorentino: Elba, Pienza, Certaldo, Fiesole, Volterra; Polk: T50, Signature S15, RTA 15tl, RTi12; Sonner Audio Allegro Unum, Legato Unum, Legato Semis, Legato Duo; Emerald Physics CS-2.8; Klipsch KLF-20
    Preamps: Shuguang S200MK, Dayens Ampino, Parasound P5
    Amps: Shuguang S845MK, Dayens Ampino Monoblocks, Parasound A23
    Integrateds: Triode Corporation TRV-88SER, MastersounD: BoX, Dueventi, Compact 845, Evolution 845; North Star Design Blue Diamond
    Sources: AURALiC Aries, Denon HEOS Link, North Star Design: Magnifico, Supremo, Incanto, Intenso, Venti
    Cabling: Wireworld
    TV: Sony XBR-75X940C
  • voltzvoltz Posts: 4,932
    edited June 2017
    [/quote]

    The Fiesole can do well even in a large room but they don't get you that deep bass and they never will. Their -3db is 50 hz. The Volterra pulls it down to a -3db of 38 hz and should do very well in Marvin's room.

    The beauty with the bass the Fiesole produces is in its detail. There is texture to the notes that sucks you deeper into the music. While it won't dig, it does have presence and a realism to it where you don't necessarily miss the lower frequencies as much as you would think.
    [/quote]

    Agree, I think I never felt the lack of Bass because to me they had more then I was normally use too.

    They are to me something special in the realm of speakers like what I always heard about bookies like the Joseph Audio Pulsar's to be, though I have never had a chance to hear the Pulsar's.

    It is always pretty cool to hear Bookies that can take your breath away and make you think to yourself -> I could own these some day ;)

    2 ch- Polk CRS+ * Vincent SA-31MK Preamp * Vincent Sp-331 Amp * Marantz SA8005 SACD * Project Xperience Classic TT * Sumiko Blue Point #2 MC cartridge

    HT - Polk 703's * NAD T-758 * Adcom 5503 * Oppo 103 * Samsung 60" series 8 LCD
  • marvda1marvda1 Posts: 2,985
    tonyb wrote: »
    marvda1 wrote: »
    vacation started off great as i found a hundred dollar bill on the floor at the airport in cancun and got flashed by a couple of topless girls at the pool :p

    Now that's a great start to any vacation....or end, depending, lol

    BTW...did you mean to say "you feel like your NOT missing any bass ?

    oops, that is what i meant. too many drinks by the pool :p
    Amplifiers: MasterSound Compact 845, Ayre v6xe, Consonance Cyber 800, Usher R1.5
    Preamp: deHavilland Ultraverve 3
    Transport/Dac: Cayin Venus cd-100i, Musical Paradise mp-d2 mkI
    Speakers: Rosso Fiorentino Volterra
    Speaker Cables: Analysis Plus Black Mesh Oval 9, Cerious Technologies Graphene Extreme
    Interconnects: Analysis Plus Copper Oval-In Micro, MG Audio Design Planus Cu2,
    Cerious Technologies Graphene Extreme
    Power Cables by: Cullen Cables, 6sons Audio, Swiss Cables
  • marvda1marvda1 Posts: 2,985
    look see
    Amplifiers: MasterSound Compact 845, Ayre v6xe, Consonance Cyber 800, Usher R1.5
    Preamp: deHavilland Ultraverve 3
    Transport/Dac: Cayin Venus cd-100i, Musical Paradise mp-d2 mkI
    Speakers: Rosso Fiorentino Volterra
    Speaker Cables: Analysis Plus Black Mesh Oval 9, Cerious Technologies Graphene Extreme
    Interconnects: Analysis Plus Copper Oval-In Micro, MG Audio Design Planus Cu2,
    Cerious Technologies Graphene Extreme
    Power Cables by: Cullen Cables, 6sons Audio, Swiss Cables
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 29,082
    marvda1 wrote: »
    look see

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    HT SYSTEM-
    Pioneer elite vhx 21
    Sony 4k BRP
    Tad 803 bookies
    Polk 500 surrounds
    Polk s35 center
    SVS SB-2000
    Sonos

    Music-

    Joule la-100 pre
    B&k 1403 amp
    Cary xciter dac
    Cullen modded Sonos
    ERA D5 bookies

    Cables-
    Acoustic zen Satori speaker cables
    Analysis plus crystal oval ic's
    Wireworld eclipse 7 ic's
    Audio metallurgy ga-o digital cable
  • PSOVLSKPSOVLSK Posts: 3,655
    tonyb wrote: »
    marvda1 wrote: »
    look see

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    Slightly????

    You're no real audiophile. :D :p
    Things work out best for those who make the best of the way things work out.-John Wooden
  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 14,511
    Another review was posted elsewhere:
    Auralic>Northstar Supremo>Triode TRV-88SER>Rosso Fiorentino Fiesole
    Cables are all Wireworld.

    I liked the presentation and this speaker shows great promise, since the system played on the level that mine plays, although with, imo, inferior electronics. Would probably play much better at home, so seems to be a solid upgrade. Nonetheless, I'm not looking for a monitor, but a reasonably sized tower. The Volterra from this line could be interesting, but I really don't its looks very much.

    The super tweeter, which is a ribbon, has that HF extension that I like. Would need a home audition to actually talk more intelligently about this speakers, since I didn't know any of the electronics.

    Had a Northstar 24/192 MkII two DACs back. It punched way above its price range at that time.

    Thanks to Skip for the audition.

    audiothesis.com/

    Speakers: Harbeth: 30.2, SHL5+; Usher: Be-10, T-515; Rosso Fiorentino: Elba, Pienza, Certaldo, Fiesole, Volterra; Polk: T50, Signature S15, RTA 15tl, RTi12; Sonner Audio Allegro Unum, Legato Unum, Legato Semis, Legato Duo; Emerald Physics CS-2.8; Klipsch KLF-20
    Preamps: Shuguang S200MK, Dayens Ampino, Parasound P5
    Amps: Shuguang S845MK, Dayens Ampino Monoblocks, Parasound A23
    Integrateds: Triode Corporation TRV-88SER, MastersounD: BoX, Dueventi, Compact 845, Evolution 845; North Star Design Blue Diamond
    Sources: AURALiC Aries, Denon HEOS Link, North Star Design: Magnifico, Supremo, Incanto, Intenso, Venti
    Cabling: Wireworld
    TV: Sony XBR-75X940C
  • xsmixsmi Posts: 1,296
    Way above my pay grade, but man I'm gonna have to hear a pair. I wish Dallas wasn't so far away. Thank you for the review Marvin.
    2-channel
    Yaqin MC-30L, Denon DVD 3900, Sony C69ES CD Changer, Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Turntable, Pro-Ject Phono Box MM, Klipsch KG-4, Monster Cable throughout.
  • marvda1marvda1 Posts: 2,985
    i asked rosso the question is the volterra just the fiesole with a sub or are there other enhancements to the volterra. here is the answer.

    Dear Marvin,
    as a first approximation we can say that the Volterra is a Fiesole+sub but actually that is not totally correct. They both have a lot to share however the Volterra has a slightly different crossover and the acoustics presentation is that of a floor stander speaker. Lets say that if you liked the Fiesole you will love the Volterra.

    Thanks and best regards,
    Francesco Rubenni
    Amplifiers: MasterSound Compact 845, Ayre v6xe, Consonance Cyber 800, Usher R1.5
    Preamp: deHavilland Ultraverve 3
    Transport/Dac: Cayin Venus cd-100i, Musical Paradise mp-d2 mkI
    Speakers: Rosso Fiorentino Volterra
    Speaker Cables: Analysis Plus Black Mesh Oval 9, Cerious Technologies Graphene Extreme
    Interconnects: Analysis Plus Copper Oval-In Micro, MG Audio Design Planus Cu2,
    Cerious Technologies Graphene Extreme
    Power Cables by: Cullen Cables, 6sons Audio, Swiss Cables
  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 9,603
    marvda1 wrote: »
    i asked rosso the question is the volterra just the fiesole with a sub or are there other enhancements to the volterra. here is the answer.

    Dear Marvin,
    as a first approximation we can say that the Volterra is a Fiesole+sub but actually that is not totally correct. They both have a lot to share however the Volterra has a slightly different crossover and the acoustics presentation is that of a floor stander speaker. Lets say that if you liked the Fiesole you will love the Volterra.

    Thanks and best regards,
    Francesco Rubenni

    And since when can you trust a dago :p ;) B)
    2-channel: Modwright KWI-200 Integrated, Dynaudio C1-II Signatures
    Desktop rig: LSi7, Polk 110sub, Dayens Ampino amp, W4S DAC/pre, Sonos, JRiver
    Gear on standby: Melody 101 tube pre, Unison Research Simply Italy Integrated
    Gone to new homes: (Matt Polk's)Threshold Stasis SA12e monoblocks, Pass XA30.5 amp, Usher MD2 speakers, Dynaudio C4 platinum speakers, Modwright LS100 (voltz), Simaudio 780D DAC
  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 14,511
    Francesco is awesome. He also speaks great English which helps considerably. It seems like every time we talk the conversation goes hours past what is needed.

    There are some plans in the development stages so that any of you guys could meet him in person. Expect an announcement if we can get it squared away.
    audiothesis.com/

    Speakers: Harbeth: 30.2, SHL5+; Usher: Be-10, T-515; Rosso Fiorentino: Elba, Pienza, Certaldo, Fiesole, Volterra; Polk: T50, Signature S15, RTA 15tl, RTi12; Sonner Audio Allegro Unum, Legato Unum, Legato Semis, Legato Duo; Emerald Physics CS-2.8; Klipsch KLF-20
    Preamps: Shuguang S200MK, Dayens Ampino, Parasound P5
    Amps: Shuguang S845MK, Dayens Ampino Monoblocks, Parasound A23
    Integrateds: Triode Corporation TRV-88SER, MastersounD: BoX, Dueventi, Compact 845, Evolution 845; North Star Design Blue Diamond
    Sources: AURALiC Aries, Denon HEOS Link, North Star Design: Magnifico, Supremo, Incanto, Intenso, Venti
    Cabling: Wireworld
    TV: Sony XBR-75X940C
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