It's fair to say that Sonus faber loudspeakers typically embody the very idea of luxury style and design for many high-quality audio fans, thanks to the brand's impeccable build using quality materials. The company introduced its first models in the early eighties and each Sf speaker is handcrafted in its factory in Vicenza, Italy – around 40 miles West of Venice. The current three-strong Homage Tradition loudspeaker series had its UK launch at the end of March to an invited audience at Central London's high-end audio retailer KJ West One and currently consists of stereo models – Guarneri Tradition, Sarafino Tradition and Amati Tradition – while a Vox centre for multi-channel setups will arrive later in the year.
The new lineup includes the latest version of two of the company’s celebrated Homage speakers – the £23,500 Amati 3.5-way floorstander and £13,600 two-way Guarneri standmount. The Serafino Tradition is a new 3.5-way floorstander costing £17,998 and is named after Santo Serafino, the 18th century Venetian master violin maker. All three models claim to feature techniques and technologies developed from Sonus faber’s flagship trio of speakers – Aida, Lilium and Il Cremonese – and sport a restyled version of the company's classic lute cabinet shape, which claims to help to control internal resonances. Each speaker is fitted with Sf's silk dome 28mm tweeter and a 150mm mid/bass driver while the floorstanders add 2x 180mm and 220mm bass drivers respectively. The company's Stealth Ultraflex bass reflex system is employed to control airflow in a bid to minimise distortion via a wave-shaped duct, exiting through an extruded aluminium rear panel. Aluminium rear panels and 'Dampshelves' at the top and bottom of the cabinet add strength and rigidity while a spiked support system developed from Sf’s Zero Vibration Transmission system minimises the effect of resonance.
Available in two lavishly lacquered finishes – red walnut or wengé – with brushed black aluminium and black leather front baffle, models are available now from UK distributor Absolute Sounds.
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