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Old 05-30-2015, 02:07 PM
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Default ELIPSA SE for a "smallish" room

Folks here know about my passion and love for Sonus faber. I have been vocal about what I consider to be missteps taken by the company recently, but I also have a profound admiration for most of the "classic" lines they produced not so long ago.

I am finally in a position where I am seriously considering the purchase of a pair of Elipsa SE's.

Looking at my signature you will notice that I currently own the Toy Towers. Yes, I realize this would be a gigantic step forward (some may call it "laughably so"! ). Actually, I am happy with the Toys. They were kindly and expertly set-up by our own Bill Peugh himself, and sound wonderful, all things considered. Truth be told, I don't really "need" the Elipsa's. Having said that, they have been my dream speaker ever since I laid eyes on them for the first time. Period. I don't "need" them. I do "want" them.

My concern is my room. You could say it is on the "smallish" side. Dimensions are roughly 15 feet (left to right) and 12.5 feet (front to back), with an opening on the right side of approximately 5 extra feet. Ceiling is about 8 feet high. Floor is tile, but a large carpet covers most of it. Walls are almost entirely covered with media.

You can actually see numerous photos of the room on these very pages. Here's a direct link:
http://www.audioaficionado.org/membe...bans-cave.html

There have been some changes since I took those photos (mostly the addition of Nordost Heimdall 2 speaker cables, an Oppo 105, a Panasonic 65VT60, etc), but the room lay-out is exactly the same.

Biggest concern is bass. One of the reasons I would like to upgrade is precisely a little more bass and extension. I do listen to a lot of classic rock, progressive metal, etc., but also a lot of symphonic classical. However, we know that "too much" bass is also a problem.

Amplification is a Prima Luna DiaLogue One. Perhaps not ideal, but I understand the Elipsas are relatively efficient. John Atkinson measured them for Stereophile many years ago and he did say they require lots of current. That was for the original model, though, and not the SE. Does anybody know if the SE's are more efficient?

What do you folks think? Is it viable?
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Old 05-30-2015, 02:12 PM
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Old 05-30-2015, 03:28 PM
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Esteban,

I am positive that the Ellipsa SE will play very nicely in your room.
These are very refined, dynamic and musical speakers. Great choice imho.
I am sure that Georges will chime in and David too if he is around.
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Old 05-30-2015, 04:15 PM
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Esteban.......The Sonus faber Elipsa SE has a sensitivity of 91dB/1w/1m. Your PrimaLuna DiaLogue One will provide sufficient power to fill your listening space with plenty of volume and dynamic range. The Elipsa SE's are fine speakers with their Piano Gloss Red Violin finish. I am confident you will love their sound in your room. I would not worry about too much bass. When properly setup they will couple with your room and provide a deep and richly textured bass response. You won't miss your present speakers once the Elipsa SE's take their place. Life is short. Make it happen.

http://www.sonusfaber.com/ContentsFi..._TONE_8_12.pdf
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I think the Elpisa SE is the bargain in the SF line-up. Go for it if you can.
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Old 05-30-2015, 04:55 PM
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Another vote in favor of the Elipsa SE. Great speakers.
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Old 05-30-2015, 04:58 PM
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Thank you, all! The value and quality of the Elipsa SE is not at all in question, mind you. My biggest concern is the size of the room. Will they sing with it or will they overpower it? One can never know for sure until one actually tries the speakers in the room, of course, but I am being cautious here. $20K+ is a lot of bills for me, and I would hate to use that towards the wrong (for my room) speaker. Would love to hear from folks in a similar situation. Having said that, your enthusiasm is contagious!
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Old 05-30-2015, 05:16 PM
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Esteban, are you considering buying new or used?

Anyhow, these speakers will shine in you room.
I've heard them with a 2x30 watts Jadis amplifier in a rather small room and loved them!
Good luck!
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For sure it will work. I had a demo I heard of the elipsa se, it was similar size layout.
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Hola Esteban,

For what it's worth, I have heard Elipsas SE in a room even smaller than your beautiful cave it sounded fantastic. You don't get the feeling that bass is excessive or starts bouncing over the wrong spots, not at all. Amps were by McIntosh though.

You should be more than fine, me thinks.

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