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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 11:12 am 
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Hello Rafa,

You likely heard the Sky with too few hours on them. They can be thin and a touch shouty without 200-250 hours on them. I've noticed as time goes on that the floor standers take a bit of extra time to break in, but both sound their best with well over 300 hours of play on them.

Rainmakers are more similar in sound signature to the Forest. I like both, but personal preference will dictate which is better for you. I personally enjoy Sky Towers the most of all the classic Totems and Hawks a close second. Sky bookshelf is my favourite of their bookshelves within the classic line. The Fires and Metals are my favourite of their whole lineup.

But you will have to hear them, preferably at home, to decide. Or at least A/B the Sky Tower, Bookshelf and maybe Hawk. Just keep in might the Hawk is a little harder to pair with equipment and the Sky Tower is likely the easiest to mate with amps. I find the Sky bookshelf a touch more detailed and tight in it's lowest regions. But I personally like the Hawk-like smooth bass of the Sky Tower over the Bookshelf. That's just me, and I can see why someone might like the Bookshelf or Hawk over the Sky Tower. Both Sky models are more detailed and open sounding than the Hawk as well. Not by much,but they share a fantastic tweeter (that takes just about forever to breakin, as I mentioned).

I hope that all helps. I think you'd be happy with any of them, really. If you like the Rainmaker, you might even consider a second pair. The Sky is a higher performer, and is less critical of amplification. But far more critical of source material and equipment.

The easiest system, for all in one Sky or Sky Tower is the new Hegel H90 for digital and Rega Brio for vinyl (paired with a Hegel HD12 for both). The Icon Audio 20PP is an awesome amp for them as well if you like small tube amps. I imagine most EL84, EL34 and KT150 amps would sound great with them. All the ones I have tried do.

Thanks Rafa!


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 12:35 pm 
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Thanks SimcoeSound,

Very detailed and helpful answer! I believe you are right about everything, including the Sky's I heard being a little raw.

I cannot upgrade all my equipment though, if I go with the Sky Towers, I would move my current system to the living room. So whichever goes there (most probably the Sky Tower) would be paired with a NuPrime DAC-10 and NuPrime ST-10.

I was thinking of putting something much smaller (and far less pricier) in the bedroom. Something in the likes of a NuPrime IDA-8 (since it shares the sound characteristics of my current amps), or something modest like that.

I am not going to be able to buy everything new! :( Do you think this would be a nice match?

Thanks again,
Rafa.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 1:31 pm 
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Adrian, I just wanted to congratulate you in handling a rather "difficult" poster on this thread. You handled the (obvious) attempt to hijack the thread and redirect the content....you handled it perfectly and redirected the poster's comments in a positive way. Well done! And, by doing so, you have piqued my interest. I will be driving by very soon (as ski season starts) and will make a point of booking an appointment at Simcoe Sound and giving these speakers a solid audition.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 5:46 pm 
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Thank you, Tom!

No appointment necessary for auditions, you're more than welcome anytime (that we are open :D ). However, feel free to give us a ring to say hello and let us know when you're thinking of coming by. It will be nice to hear from you.

Thank again, Tom. Talk soon.


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