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nillaboy
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Posted Thu Oct 16, 2008, 9:58am
Subject: Speedster vs. GS3 vs. Synesso
 

I'm thinking about a permanent cure for espresso machine desire.  Speedster vs. GS3 vs. Synesso.  Seems like pricing is similar, stratospheric.  Obviously, all of these machines represent the pinnacle.  However, it seems like La Marzocco and Synesso have published data regarding temperature stability and precision that are pretty spectacular.  The Speedster is hands down the sexiest, but I have not been able to find data on the temperature stability and precision.  I know that it is a PID controlled boiler, but I'm left wondering if the design provides for the same degree of stability and precision that the other machines have demonstrated.

Anyone care to comment?

Jon
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Posted Thu Oct 16, 2008, 10:55am
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nillaboy Said:

Speedster vs. GS3 vs. Synesso.  Seems like pricing is similar, stratospheric.  Obviously, all of these machines represent the pinnacle.

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Nothing obvious about it, and I doubt many professionals would agree with all of your trio. Do not assume technical tests translate directly to cup quality or reliability. For a perspective from professional baristas, have a look at BaristaExchange discussion.
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Posted Thu Oct 16, 2008, 11:50am
Subject: Re: Speedster vs. GS3 vs. Synesso
 

I'm not qualified to say what's better. It's my guess that if any of them were my personal machine, I probably wouldn't tell the difference in the cup. Therefore I'd go for the coolest looking one, the Speedster  :)

edit: meant to say I would probably not tell the difference.
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Posted Fri Oct 17, 2008, 8:50am
Subject: Re: Speedster vs. GS3 vs. Synesso
 

What he said.
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Posted Fri Oct 17, 2008, 1:08pm
Subject: Re: Speedster vs. GS3 vs. Synesso
 

There'd be no question for me, Speedster.

I think it will cost a fair bit more than a GS3, and there is a waiting list.... but if you have the money and they time, Speedster!

 
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Posted Fri Oct 17, 2008, 3:46pm
Subject: Re: Speedster vs. GS3 vs. Synesso
 

If money and space are no object, and temperature control is your goal, looking at 2-group machines will open up more of the most advanced current technology. F'rinstance the 2009 WBC finalist machines: Dalla Corte Evolution, La Marzocco FB70 and Nuovo Simonelli Aurelia.

If it has to be a single head and you don't want to risk becoming a long-term beta tester, I would look at an LM Linea, rather than the GS3, and maybe consider a Faema Legend (mainly 'cause it's gorgeous) and Dalla Corte Super Mini.
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Posted Sat Oct 18, 2008, 12:51pm
Subject: Re: Speedster vs. GS3 vs. Synesso
 

Presuming you are looking at one-group machines, and presuming that looks are are the deciding factor, I'd probably do a Speedster first, followed by the Synesso, and a LM GS3.  (YMMV.)  Presuming you are looking at the quality of the espresso produced, I think it's a three-way tie.  But I'd think about where I live and service options on all three before I pulled the trigger, and that might make a difference . . .

And I second Marshall's suggestion of a Faema Legend, or Faema Jubile (both come as 1, 2, or 3-group machines).

 
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Posted Wed Jan 28, 2009, 4:04pm
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The main drawbacks to the professional machines, besides price and size, are the power requirements, very long warmup time, and huge steam boiler size. How long is the water in a 6 liter boiler going to remain in there before being replaced? You'd have to use it an awful lot.

 
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Posted Wed Jan 28, 2009, 7:27pm
Subject: Re: Speedster vs. GS3 vs. Synesso
 

nillaboy Said:

Speedster vs. GS3 vs. Synesso. Anyone care to comment?Jon

Posted October 16, 2008 link

A: How about none of the above! For the going price of any one of those machines listed you could get two or three other "lesser" prosumer machines brand new, probably with even a few dollars left over to spare after all is said and done.

Personally for the astronomically outrageous price of a GS3, I'd much rather have a LaCimbali Junior S/1 and an Elektra Sixties A3!!

 
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Posted Wed Jan 28, 2009, 11:11pm
Subject: Re: Speedster vs. GS3 vs. Synesso
 

Jeff_J Said:

A: How about none of the above! For the going price of any one of those machines listed you could get two or three other "lesser" prosumer machines brand new, probably with even a few dollars left over to spare after all is said and done.

Posted January 28, 2009 link

Or you could buy 500 steam toys! ;)


The quality curve is exponential. the jump in quality between a $100 machine and a $500 machine is enormous. The jump between a $500 machine and a $1500 machine is not quite so big. When you're comparing a $2500 machine and a $7000 machine, that extra 4 grand buys you only a little bit, but for some people that little bit is worth it.
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