Rosso Fiorentino Elba review by Zero Fidelity

marvda1marvda1 Posts: 3,814
edited February 7 in Speakers
New review on the Rosso Fiorentino Elba speakers $4500 by Zero Fidelity.
Just came out today and as I write my review on them lets just say we have common hearing. :D


Amplifiers: MasterSound Compact 845, Ayre v6xe, Consonance Cyber 800,Kinki Studio EX-M1
Preamp: deHavilland Ultraverve 3
Transport/Dac: L.K.S MH-DA004, Cayin Venus cd-100i, Musical Paradise mp-d2 mkI,
Musical Paradise mp-d2 mkIII
Speakers: Rosso Fiorentino Volterra II
Speaker Cables: Organic Audio Organic 2, Analysis Plus Black Mesh Oval 9,
Cerious Technologies Graphene Extreme
Interconnects: Analysis Plus Solo Crystal Oval, Analysis Plus Copper Oval-In Micro,
Gabriel Gold Reckoning
Power Cables by: Cullen Cables, 6sons Audio, Swiss Cables
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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,539
    Best HiFi reviewer on YouTube, in my opinion. Thanks for sharing this.
    "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • indyhawgindyhawg Posts: 1,379
    I saw that video earlier today. That is a great review. Ever since I heard them this past November, I have been trying to figure out a way to get them into my house. LOL.
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,539
    edited February 7
    These are also the "gen 2" models, so their performance should exceed the first gen ones you heard at Skip's.

    Edit: Skip has the gen 2 at Polkfest in November.
    Post edited by Clipdat on
    "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,539
    @nooshinjohn, your endgame speakers have arrived.
    "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • marvda1marvda1 Posts: 3,814
    edited February 7
    skip had the gen II in November but the price at that time was $5000.
    I reviewed the ones with the silver leaf finish.

    also a lot of people in November thought the $5000 Elbas outperformed a certain $6000 pair of speakers.
    Amplifiers: MasterSound Compact 845, Ayre v6xe, Consonance Cyber 800,Kinki Studio EX-M1
    Preamp: deHavilland Ultraverve 3
    Transport/Dac: L.K.S MH-DA004, Cayin Venus cd-100i, Musical Paradise mp-d2 mkI,
    Musical Paradise mp-d2 mkIII
    Speakers: Rosso Fiorentino Volterra II
    Speaker Cables: Organic Audio Organic 2, Analysis Plus Black Mesh Oval 9,
    Cerious Technologies Graphene Extreme
    Interconnects: Analysis Plus Solo Crystal Oval, Analysis Plus Copper Oval-In Micro,
    Gabriel Gold Reckoning
    Power Cables by: Cullen Cables, 6sons Audio, Swiss Cables
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,539
    Oh ok, my mistake. Sorry about that.
    "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • indyhawgindyhawg Posts: 1,379
    edited February 7
    marvda1 wrote: »
    skip had the gen II in November but the price at that time was $5000.
    I reviewed the ones with the silver leaf finish.

    also a lot of people in November thought the $5000 Elbas outperformed a certain $6000 pair of speakers.

    The finish on that particular pair of speakers was really sweet. Count me in as one who was impressed with the Elbas both in cosmetics and sound.
  • marvda1marvda1 Posts: 3,814
    I liked the way the silver would take on the color of its surroundings
    Amplifiers: MasterSound Compact 845, Ayre v6xe, Consonance Cyber 800,Kinki Studio EX-M1
    Preamp: deHavilland Ultraverve 3
    Transport/Dac: L.K.S MH-DA004, Cayin Venus cd-100i, Musical Paradise mp-d2 mkI,
    Musical Paradise mp-d2 mkIII
    Speakers: Rosso Fiorentino Volterra II
    Speaker Cables: Organic Audio Organic 2, Analysis Plus Black Mesh Oval 9,
    Cerious Technologies Graphene Extreme
    Interconnects: Analysis Plus Solo Crystal Oval, Analysis Plus Copper Oval-In Micro,
    Gabriel Gold Reckoning
    Power Cables by: Cullen Cables, 6sons Audio, Swiss Cables
  • NightfallNightfall Posts: 8,836
    edited February 7
    They certainly weren't shy in the bass department when I heard them at Skips. Almost too much for me, but the divided room they were in wasn't terribly big either. In a bigger room it probably evens out nicely.

    I still can't believe how much I spent on these tiny Fiesole's. They are incredible little speakers, I just never thought I would go this deep.
    afterburnt wrote: »
    They didn't speak a word of English, they were from South Carolina.

    Village Idiot of Club Polk
  • marvda1marvda1 Posts: 3,814
    edited February 7
    Nightfall wrote: »
    They certainly weren't shy in the bass department when I heard them at Skips. Almost too much for me, but the divided room they were in wasn't terribly big either. In a bigger room it probably evens out nicely.

    I still can't believe how much I spent on these tiny Fiesole's. They are incredible little speakers, I just never thought I would go this deep.

    that's where I started and ended up with volterras :D
    I think the room was only divided by a sheet.
    Amplifiers: MasterSound Compact 845, Ayre v6xe, Consonance Cyber 800,Kinki Studio EX-M1
    Preamp: deHavilland Ultraverve 3
    Transport/Dac: L.K.S MH-DA004, Cayin Venus cd-100i, Musical Paradise mp-d2 mkI,
    Musical Paradise mp-d2 mkIII
    Speakers: Rosso Fiorentino Volterra II
    Speaker Cables: Organic Audio Organic 2, Analysis Plus Black Mesh Oval 9,
    Cerious Technologies Graphene Extreme
    Interconnects: Analysis Plus Solo Crystal Oval, Analysis Plus Copper Oval-In Micro,
    Gabriel Gold Reckoning
    Power Cables by: Cullen Cables, 6sons Audio, Swiss Cables
  • displaynamedisplayname Posts: 566
    Having heard the Elbas in two different rooms at Skips, and with a few different amps, I never really felt like they needed a sub. But that doesn't mean a couple couldn't help. But at that point I'd probably be reaching higher up the line anyway.

    Really great review, especially given that Sean owns/owed the first gen Volterra as well. I liked how much he compared them to more well known and highly reviewed speakers like Focal and Harbeth.

    Excited to hear your thoughts @marvda1! Not many people get the luxury of trying two Rosso's in their own room side by side.
    Analog: MoFi MasterTracker > MoFi UltraDeck > Sutherland 20/20
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  • ZLTFULZLTFUL Posts: 5,231
    I seriously fell in love with the Walnut finished Elbas. *swoon*
    "Some people find it easier to be conceited rather than correct."

    "Unwad those panties and have a good time man. We're all here to help each other, no matter how it might appear." DSkip
  • marvda1marvda1 Posts: 3,814
    edited February 8
    @nightfall, have you started a thread about your thoughts on the fiesoles ?
    Amplifiers: MasterSound Compact 845, Ayre v6xe, Consonance Cyber 800,Kinki Studio EX-M1
    Preamp: deHavilland Ultraverve 3
    Transport/Dac: L.K.S MH-DA004, Cayin Venus cd-100i, Musical Paradise mp-d2 mkI,
    Musical Paradise mp-d2 mkIII
    Speakers: Rosso Fiorentino Volterra II
    Speaker Cables: Organic Audio Organic 2, Analysis Plus Black Mesh Oval 9,
    Cerious Technologies Graphene Extreme
    Interconnects: Analysis Plus Solo Crystal Oval, Analysis Plus Copper Oval-In Micro,
    Gabriel Gold Reckoning
    Power Cables by: Cullen Cables, 6sons Audio, Swiss Cables
  • treitz3treitz3 Posts: 13,885
    Marvin, that was my favorite and most well rounded sounding speaker out of the ones I have heard from Rosso. Great sonic signature, ample "umph", accurate, pleasing, authoritative. They nailed what a bookie should be and that speaker sounded like it did not have the right to sound as great as it did. That's where I draw the line.

    I was truly looking forward to hearing more with their offerings. Especially the "Big boy's" or the floor standers, as what I put me ears on at first was eye opening.

    The rest that I have heard seem to not integrate the mid bass and bass regions so well. It may have been the gear that Skip was using after the Feisole's (not sure) but I was not that impressed with the way they integrated things. It was much like that of a Martin Logan speaker. Lot's of attributes but no "real" blend in the full spectrum of frequencies.

    I hope the Elba's corrected this issue.

    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 ~

    ~ Not all things that can be measured can be heard and not all things heard can be measured ~

    ~ When the law ends, tyranny begins ~
  • ZLTFULZLTFUL Posts: 5,231
    Tom,

    I was never even remotely “wowed” by the first gen Elbas. They looked good but were always sort of meh.

    The second gen is a WHOLE different animal. As much as I was pining for the Siena’s, the second gen Elbas are arguably my new personal favorite from Rosso.
    "Some people find it easier to be conceited rather than correct."

    "Unwad those panties and have a good time man. We're all here to help each other, no matter how it might appear." DSkip
  • treitz3treitz3 Posts: 13,885
    What will be down at LSAF this year, if any? What's the skinny?

    Do tell....

    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 ~

    ~ Not all things that can be measured can be heard and not all things heard can be measured ~

    ~ When the law ends, tyranny begins ~
  • marvda1marvda1 Posts: 3,814
    you need to hear the Volterra II's
    Amplifiers: MasterSound Compact 845, Ayre v6xe, Consonance Cyber 800,Kinki Studio EX-M1
    Preamp: deHavilland Ultraverve 3
    Transport/Dac: L.K.S MH-DA004, Cayin Venus cd-100i, Musical Paradise mp-d2 mkI,
    Musical Paradise mp-d2 mkIII
    Speakers: Rosso Fiorentino Volterra II
    Speaker Cables: Organic Audio Organic 2, Analysis Plus Black Mesh Oval 9,
    Cerious Technologies Graphene Extreme
    Interconnects: Analysis Plus Solo Crystal Oval, Analysis Plus Copper Oval-In Micro,
    Gabriel Gold Reckoning
    Power Cables by: Cullen Cables, 6sons Audio, Swiss Cables
  • treitz3treitz3 Posts: 13,885
    So, what you are saying is that you are bringing them to LSAF?

    Is

    that

    what

    I

    am

    hearing you say, Marvin? B)

    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 ~

    ~ Not all things that can be measured can be heard and not all things heard can be measured ~

    ~ When the law ends, tyranny begins ~
  • marvda1marvda1 Posts: 3,814
    I caught h3ll moving them across the room when skip brought the elbas over :'(
    which of the "big boys" did you listen to?
    Amplifiers: MasterSound Compact 845, Ayre v6xe, Consonance Cyber 800,Kinki Studio EX-M1
    Preamp: deHavilland Ultraverve 3
    Transport/Dac: L.K.S MH-DA004, Cayin Venus cd-100i, Musical Paradise mp-d2 mkI,
    Musical Paradise mp-d2 mkIII
    Speakers: Rosso Fiorentino Volterra II
    Speaker Cables: Organic Audio Organic 2, Analysis Plus Black Mesh Oval 9,
    Cerious Technologies Graphene Extreme
    Interconnects: Analysis Plus Solo Crystal Oval, Analysis Plus Copper Oval-In Micro,
    Gabriel Gold Reckoning
    Power Cables by: Cullen Cables, 6sons Audio, Swiss Cables
  • treitz3treitz3 Posts: 13,885
    The ones at LSAF over the past 2 years. Don't recall all of the models. (Sorry)

    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 ~

    ~ Not all things that can be measured can be heard and not all things heard can be measured ~

    ~ When the law ends, tyranny begins ~
  • treitz3treitz3 Posts: 13,885
    If you bring yours, I'll bring mine! Your speakers and my Canary pre...

    Ah Chit son!

    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 ~

    ~ Not all things that can be measured can be heard and not all things heard can be measured ~

    ~ When the law ends, tyranny begins ~
  • marvda1marvda1 Posts: 3,814
    edited February 9
    I've got a pair of harbeth p3esr clones you have to hear. when I got them they were $600+, now they are $900+
    Amplifiers: MasterSound Compact 845, Ayre v6xe, Consonance Cyber 800,Kinki Studio EX-M1
    Preamp: deHavilland Ultraverve 3
    Transport/Dac: L.K.S MH-DA004, Cayin Venus cd-100i, Musical Paradise mp-d2 mkI,
    Musical Paradise mp-d2 mkIII
    Speakers: Rosso Fiorentino Volterra II
    Speaker Cables: Organic Audio Organic 2, Analysis Plus Black Mesh Oval 9,
    Cerious Technologies Graphene Extreme
    Interconnects: Analysis Plus Solo Crystal Oval, Analysis Plus Copper Oval-In Micro,
    Gabriel Gold Reckoning
    Power Cables by: Cullen Cables, 6sons Audio, Swiss Cables
  • NightfallNightfall Posts: 8,836
    My tiny American brain gets confused by these nonsense Italian names. I have the Pienza's not the Fiesole's.
    afterburnt wrote: »
    They didn't speak a word of English, they were from South Carolina.

    Village Idiot of Club Polk
  • GlennDogGlennDog Posts: 2,173
    What are your thoughts on the High Fi cables?


    fwiw, 30% off msrp this weekend . . . No affil

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  • NightfallNightfall Posts: 8,836
    I couldn't tell you, that was the first and only time I've heard them. They are out of my league to personally own unless I found the bottom of their totem pole used for a very good price.
    afterburnt wrote: »
    They didn't speak a word of English, they were from South Carolina.

    Village Idiot of Club Polk
  • displaynamedisplayname Posts: 566
    edited February 16
    GlennDog wrote: »
    What are your thoughts on the High Fi cables?


    fwiw, 30% off msrp this weekend . . . No affil

    https://www.highfidelitycables.com/
    They are nice. I don't have them, but I have heard them on a few occasions now in a few systems/configurations. Very balanced and loads of detail without getting too bright like some silver based cables I have heard. They are a pretty penny, so it's worth trying to get your hands on a demo if you can before diving in. If you were to go full loom even on just the base reveal line you'd be in for a notable investment.
    Analog: MoFi MasterTracker > MoFi UltraDeck > Sutherland 20/20
    Digital: Cambridge CXC / Streaming > Cambridge CXN v2
    MastersounD Dueventi > Usher T-515 or Arcam rHead > Hifiman HE4XX
    Discogs
  • TEAforONETEAforONE Posts: 330
    marvda1 wrote: »
    I've got a pair of harbeth p3esr clones you have to hear. when I got them they were $600+, now they are $900+

    Very interesting. Who makes these?
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