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Sonus Faber Introduces Its New Series of Olympica Speakers

Bailey S. Barnard

Sonus Faber, Italy’s prominent loudspeaker manufacturer, began delivering its new Olympica line of speakers this month. The line comprises two floor-standing models and a smaller, stand-mounted/bookshelf form, all of which borrow the design approach of the company’s top-of-the-line models while paying aesthetic homage to the famed Italian architect Andrea Palladio and his Teatro Olimpica in Venice.

Like Sonus Faber’s flagship $120,000-per-pair Aida speakers, the models in the Olympica line feature a lyre-shaped cabinet that eliminates parallel surfaces to minimize resonance and encourages airflow to optimize the speakers’ acoustic response in a variety of listening environments. The cabinets of the Olympica speakers are made from walnut and are available with either a natural-wood or a graphite-black finish. All three speakers have a 4-ohm nominal impedance, with a sensitivity rating of 90 dB or less. The Olympica III, the largest of the three Olympica models released to date, stands just over 3.5 feet tall and features dual 7-inch woofers plus a 5.9-inch midrange driver and 1.1-inch dome tweeter decoupled from the cabinet, all in a linear array.

The Olympica III is $13,500 per pair; the smaller floor-standing Olympica II is $10,000 per pair; and the bookshelf Olympica I is $6,500 per pair, plus $1,200 for the optional stands. By the end of the year, Sonus Faber plans to start shipping a center-channel Olympica model and the line’s flagship Olympica IV. (www.sonusfaber.com; available in the United States through Sumiko Audio, www.sumikoaudio.net)

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