SF Cremona - at a glance...

polkatesepolkatese Posts: 6,772
edited September 2005 in 2 Channel Audio
Equipment:
Philips SACD-1000 APL HI-FI modded with Tube output stage
B&K Reference 50 S2 - Direct mode - EQ: Flat, Volume level: -29 (plenty loud)
B&K AV125.7 - 185 W @ 4 ohms
Signal Cable classic
Signal Cable Analog 2

Material:
Acoustic Alchemy - Radio Contact
#6: Little Laughter
#12: Ya Tebya Lubliu

Instead of trying to inundated my review of its performance with superlative statements, I would, instead focus on its musical presentation. The one attribute that I am very impressed of: a very balanced presentation of detailed acoustic of vocal artistry and instruments that touches my soul. I stop paying attention to tonal characteristics (i.e. speaker), but more to the emotional quality and energy conveyed by the musicians. I picked these two songs because of the nuances of the lyrical, ballads, and superb female vocalist on Litte Laughter (Jo Harrop). The feeling of "being there", along with the *unintended* mute coverage of MSNBC on Katrina disaster, overwhelmed my soul. I have to say, this is the first speaker that I ever owned, that I can say, there is nothing I need to add or substract from its sound. It's just there! presentation of music as it's intended to be, it's taking me to an emotional journey that I wasn't even in that state of mind, amazing subtle influence when I think about it.

The sound journey continues, but it had made me stop and compelled me to share it with you, on a Friday afternoon..
I am sorry, I have no opinion on the matter. I am sure you do. So, don't mind me, I just want to talk audio and pie.
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  • Joey_VJoey_V Posts: 6,617
    edited September 2005
    Glad you like the Cremonas. I had my fling with the Sonus Faber Concerto and Concertino Home speakers and they had their greatness in certain areas. I'm sure the Cremona builds upon that and is an awesome speaker to witness sonic reproduction from.

    More pics (aside from your first pics) are very welcome! =)
    Joey's Gear:
    Current Gear:
    Torus RM15 -> Emm Labs DAC2x and TSDX Transport -> Cary SLP-05 preamp -> Boulder 2060 stereo amp (w/ Audioquest WEL Signature) -> new speakers
    Rotel RA1592 Super Integrated -> Sonus Faber Olympica 3
    Rotel RC1570 preamp -> Rotel RB1582 amp -> Focal Kanta 2

    Old Gear:
    Speakers: BW PM1 (3.5/5), CM10s2 (3.75/5), BW800D3 (5/5), Rockport Aviors (5/5), Sonus Faber Stradivari (5/5), BW 802D2 (4.5/5), Martin Logan Summits (4.25/5), Martin Logan Vantage (4/5), Sonus Faber Cremona Auditor (3.75/5), AV123 Strata Mini (3.5/5), ML Mosaic (3.25/5), Onix Ref1 (3/5), Sonus Faber Concerto (2.75/5), SF Concertino (2.5/5), Axiom M22ti (2/5), Polk LSi9 (3/5), LSi7 (2.9/5)
    Source: Squeezebox 3 -> PS Audio Digital Link III -> Cary 306/200 CDP -> Cary 306 SACD -> EMM LABS DAC2X/TSDX
    Preamplification: Rotel RC1070 -> Rogue Perseus -> Cary SLP98 -> Cary SLP98F1 -> Cary SLP05 (sold and then repurchased)
    Amplification: HK AVR330 -> Rotel RB1070 -> Rotel RB1090 -> Plinius SA102 -> Cary 211FE -> Classe M600 -> Boulder 2060
    Subwoofer: Infinity Entra2 sub -> SVS 25-31PC+ sub
  • polkatesepolkatese Posts: 6,772
    edited September 2005
    Thanks Joey, I have a couple more pics on my showcase...:)
    I am sorry, I have no opinion on the matter. I am sure you do. So, don't mind me, I just want to talk audio and pie.
  • polkatesepolkatese Posts: 6,772
    14 years later and still happy with my Cremonas and AC little laughter. Time flies, how's all peeps?
    I am sorry, I have no opinion on the matter. I am sure you do. So, don't mind me, I just want to talk audio and pie.
  • Jetmaker737Jetmaker737 Posts: 846
    edited September 8
    Hey there Cremona bro. I love mine too. Been with me five years. Welcome back.
    System
    Yamaha A-S3000 Integrated Amplifier
    Sonus Faber Cremona Loudspeakers
    PS Audio Directream Jr| Jolida JD-100A CDP | Sansui TU-717 Tuner
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 29,759
    Which Cremona's do you boys have ? Few different iterations in that series.
    HT SYSTEM-
    Sony 850c 4k
    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 1430 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
  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 3,270
    I would like to hear "Ramona" on some Cremonas.

    "Ramona" - Gene Austin (1928)

  • How about a little "My Sharona" on the old Cremonas?

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    This is the model I have. Cremona towers (not Cremona M):
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    System
    Yamaha A-S3000 Integrated Amplifier
    Sonus Faber Cremona Loudspeakers
    PS Audio Directream Jr| Jolida JD-100A CDP | Sansui TU-717 Tuner
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 29,759
    Sweet, lookers too.
    HT SYSTEM-
    Sony 850c 4k
    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 1430 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
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