Plug in the Sinfo in place of the QB8 and the sonic and musical differences are substantial and significant. The Fono
Acustica block brings a remarkably focused sense of body, presence and energy to proceedings. Tonally it is rich and
warm, but unlike so many products that garner such descriptions there’s nothing slow or sluggish about the Sinfo’s
sound. Instead it is direct, purposeful and propulsive, driving energy into the system and into the room. It brings
substance, shape and solidity to performers, impact, energy and drive to performances. Its presentation is compact
and unambiguous; it could almost be dubbed "the solid sender" if John Lee Hooker hadn’t gotten there first. There’s no
messin’ with the Sinfo in your system.
Building by hand doesn’t mean ignoring proven practice
or materials. Run down the specs on the Virtuoso and
you’ll find that they use solid-core conductors drawn from
silver-gold alloy and combined with Teflon insulation -- all well-established elements in audiocable construction.
With a little practice you can tell a lot about
how a cable will sound simply from how it feels -- except that the Virtuosos don’t feel like any other audio cable I’ve ever used.
The Fono Acustica—produced
sharper but not unnaturally defined
transients, shorter sustain and decay,
and an overall well-detailed and more
speedy sound. It generated notable
rhythmic excitement that in some ways
benefited the Viva Fono’s long sustain