Pictures of some of Sinfoni's current equipment can be found on Jerry's thread.
After spending a saturday at Jerry's place and auditioning to sinfoni's new line of speakers and amplifier I new that I needed to get these in my car. They spoke to me. They did what I wanted out of speakers. I won't go into detail but Jerry knows my situation with an upcoming adoption and trying not to spend too much money. With my new job and Jerry's generosity we made it work so that I could get these speakers in my car. I have sold pretty much everything I had in there previously and was itching for quality sound.
I ended up getting the Eroico M series components which are a step down from the Maestoso series. I had sold my amps so I needed power again as well. I ordered Sinfoni's bottom line amp, the Esordio Solo ad-lib. This beautiful amp is rated for 120watts x 4 @4ohm....at 12v!!!!
Midbass is installed in my doors on birch baffles. Four layers of butyl under the baffle and one under the midbass. Tweeters are installed in the a-pillars aimed right about the head of each seat. These comps are run active via an Eclipse 7100. Midbass is HP at 63hz @24db and LP at 3.15khz @12db. Tweeters are HP at 3.15khz @12db. The tweeters can play lower but I wanted to be safe during the initial listening period. They have been installed for about a week now so I think it's time to give my impressions.
First I want to say that these are very pleasant speakers to listen to. They are smooth and exciting and make me take the long way home so that I can listen to them some more.
I went through some songs I know well. I was looking for specific things in these songs and these are my impressions: (all listening was done with eq flat)
Cups (Movie Version)
This song is from the movie "Pitch Perfect" sang by Anna Kendrick. She sings this song while using cups and claps to make a beat. During this song I was looking for the crisp sound of the cups as they hit the stage. The Eroico comps displayed this very very well. I was able to hear the slight sliding of the cups on the stage as they hit. They had a real natural sound. Anna Kendrick also has a slight resonance to her voice. These comps let her natural resonance show and show well! They just sounded so darn realistic!
Tool - Ticks and Leaches
This is one of my favorite songs but few comps that I have had played it as well as the Eroico M series does. During the intro to the song, for those that are familiar with it, there is fast and distinct double bass specifically at 0:54. Not every midbass can provide the speed, crispness, or impact to make this intro sound like it should. The Eroico midbass do it well. I dare to say they are one of the most accurate midbass I have had, right up there with the Dyn Esotar 650's.
Save Ferris - The world is new
In this song it is easy for the horns to be piercing and overpowering to the rest of the song. There is so much going on in this song that you don't want overpowering. The horns were balanced well with crisp sound that didn't pierce. What I was really looking for though was at 1:24 when a short bass guitar solo comes in. These comps let me hear the finger picks, string buzz, and deep midbass impact that I was looking for.
Rise Against - Help is on the Way
I was looking for one thing in this song and found two. This is one of those songs that lack any kind of separation with a lot of lower line speakers. When listening the separation was what I was looking for. What's really exciting though is during the intro there are two guitars playing different riffs. I have never heard the distinction of the second guitar like I heard now. I kept rewinding and listening to it in complete awe of what I heard. It was really fun to experience!
Norah Jones - Feelin' the Same Way
I listened to Norah Jones because her voice is powerful and strong and sometimes can come off as sharp or aggressive. There were small short moments when it was a tad aggressive. On the flip side I have heard it be very very smooth on some speakers but when it's that smooth it's just plain boring. I feel like these speakers can retain the edgy strong nature of Norah's powerful voice without being hard to listen to with just a tad bit of eq work. In short...these speakers have gobs of potential.
On a side note with this song..at about 0:43 I heard something new. At this time on the left side I heard the guitarist tap his guitar about 4 or 5 times with his pick before he began picking the strings again. I have never ever heard this before...even on headphones. In fact I heard more new things in most of Norah's songs but this one was the most distinct and mind blowing.
Eva Cassidy - (Live at Blues Alley)
Last but now least. This whole entire album. I didn't listen to it for anything specific but just for the happiness of my ears. I love Eva Cassidy and simply put, listening to her wale on the Eroico's was extremely pleasant and enjoyable. I didn't want to turn it off.
Other short notes. I find I keep turning the tweeters up. They are plenty sensitive and get way louder than I need but they sound so nice I want to hear more. They just seem to sound better turned up. Smooth...detailed...pure awesome. This is the hottest I have run tweeters in my car and I'm loving it. Cymbals have never sounded so real or present in my car. The midbass is strong and accurate without overhang. Midrange is smooth with just enough aggression, edgyness, and character to be beyond fun!!! Midbass digs low with accuracy. Midrange is detailed. Tweeters are smooth, detailed, and have great sparkle. What more could you want?
Do these speakers have faults? sure they all do somewhere. Note: some bad recordings will sound like....bad recordings. Like with all speakers some tuning is going to be needed. With these however I don't think it will take much. There was a red hot chili peppers song where the vocals were a bit shouty and overbearing but I can't remember what song that was. And to be honest I never felt like the Peppers had very good recordings to begin with. I have probably listened to 60 plus songs on these comps in the last week only found one to be rough on my ears. Pretty good in my opinion.
OH!! I almost forgot. The Esordio amplifier. I'm not sure how to review an amplifier but I haven't noticed any coloration or anything lacking in what it amplifies. It seems to have gobs of power and great dynamics. I'm happy with what it does. I do believe the extra detail i'm hearing in my car is a combination of the comps and the amp. Everything seems to keep it's composure at high volumes and again I think that is a combination of two great pieces of equipment.
If you have any questions I will try to answer them as fast and often as I can. Thank you Emelios and thank you Jerry at Hi Def Mobile Audio. You don't want to hear this but I don't think I'll be buying speakers from you again anytime soon. I won't be needing any!!