It's not every day you unpack a product and know instinctively its going to be a new staff favourite. On these days a grin becomes a smile that eventually blooms into a cacophony of hysterical laughter as the realisation sets in that customers will love this product as much as you and you are going to make some money.
Such was the day that we carefully unpacked the Cremonas. Its was a long and careful process, as their arresting looks cause many stoppages to admire the beauty of their construction. Such a level of craftsmanship doesn't stop at the finish, although we feel that they would sell well just as a furniture peice. Once we got them up and running on a quality amplifier, we forgot how good they looked and were enveloped in music.
After a few days of running in, they quickly firmed as the speaker to beat at their price point. One of the first things to stand out is the expansiveness of the sound stage, complete with depth and height, two qualities only seen in the best loudspeakers. Tonally they are quite lush, with plenty of warmth and character, but still packing in lots of detail and nuance. This ones really got all the adjectives.
Competition wise, there's the PMC PB1i, another popular speaker amongst the staff. While the PMC is probably a shade more exciting, some people are going to prefer the expansiveness of the Cremona. I can foresee some very exciting auditions in the future.
"Stereophile" on the Cremona M.
Sonus faber official Cremona M website