(Forgive me as I ramble a bit) I recently purchased a new VW GTI and have been in the process of acquiring gear to install an upgraded system once the weather warmed up. I have been into car audio as a hobby for damn near 30 years but am not the type to change gear or tweak a lot. I like to get it as close as possible initially to what I want and essentially leave it at that. I saw this thread, Sinfoni Eroico components - Excellent!!! a little over a month and was very intrigued. I had already resigned myself to the fact that my front components would account for the largest % of my budget so I decided to make the drive down to Indiana for an event at Cartonix to hear Oilworker's car. I needed to make a decision on components for my new car and spent time listening to everything Cartronix had to offer. The Sinfoni Eroicos in his car were hands down the best thing I heard all day. They sounded absolutely amazing with a mid bass that particularly impressive. I brought a fairly particular friend with me as a second set of ears and he walked away equally impressed. I stepped out of the car thinking, "well, I guess I know what I'm taking home today". Truly amazing.
Well, as mentioned, I listened to everything they offered, and at the end of the day, went a step down and took home a set of the Sinfoni Appassionatos. Overall, I easily listened to 25 pairs of components while at Cartronix. The board with the Appassionatos also had 8-10 other fairly high end components and was the last one I auditioned on. While sound on a board will differ from a car obviously, it makes for easy A-B comparisons. I listened to a small handful before pushing the button for the Appassionatos. As mentioned, I had a fairly picky friend with me. When I switched to the Sinfonis, we both looked at each other with that, “are we hearing this right?” look. I spent the next 30 minutes changing songs and swapping back and forth between the Appassionatos and everything else on the board. While the others all sounded great, there was a very noticable difference. At the end of the day, the 2 Sinfoni sets were the only options. They both use the same tweeter but a different mid and passive crossover. There was definitely a difference in the mid bass performance, BUT, I attribute that to the EXTRAORDINARY mid bass performance of the Eroicos. The Appasionatos definitely held their own in that area. (A Porsche 911 is not as fast as 911 Turbo, but you might not ever notice unless you were trying to race one.) I decided that I was going to be very happy with the Appassionatos and ended up saving a few $ to put towards the other gear I needed. I was truly blown away buy the sound and I cannot wait to get them installed. My install won’t be as impressive as others on here, but build log to follow soon.
Lastly, I want to end this with a quick thank you to Eric at Cartronix and Emilios with Audio Excellent. Information online on the Sinfonis is a little limited and Emilios was awesome about getting me all of the information and specs I needed. Even while running an event, Eric and team were able to find time to answer all of my questions and setup auditions in several customer cars. Eric absolutely understood my goals for the system and could not have been more helpful.