The huge wealth of knowledge gained through the ambitious ‘The Sonus
faber’ project in terms of research and development in innovative and
extraordinary technical and functional solutions has brought us to a new
and very exciting project. A speaker as grandiose as an opera by
Giuseppe Verdi, able to revolutionise, and at the same time express, the
essence of Sonus faber values. A speaker born from the heart of the
Team, able to reveal how much Sonus Faber has evolved and yet
maintaining its original spirit and combining ‘tradition’ with
“Lyra shape” design, dual side curvature, special
cross grained okoumè plywood, used in a double thickness constriction layer
damped configuration. Sub–structural ribs are strategically placed for total
rejection of spurious vibrations and standing waves control. Two “dampshelves”
(from “The” experience), i.e. CNC anodized machined avional “vibration dampers”
(on the top and on the bottom of the cabinet) “stiffen” the column structure
reducing consistently structural micro-vibrations coming from the cabinet walls
and the transducers. The “Anima legata” system is used in an innovative way,
encompassing the 3 inner chambers of the front firing drive units. A special
steel rod, a high speed mechanical interface, concentrates the remaining
micro-vibrations conveying them to the dual multiple “Tuned Mass Dampers”, i.e.
two differently tuned special custom devices optimized to erase
micro-vibrations, by oscillating in anti-phase. A totally new floating bridge
“Bow spring” suspension for vibrational interface has been devised to decouple
the enclosure from the floor through the Zero Vibration Transmission technology,
a patent pending suspension system, eliminating any acoustic feedback and any
vibration propagation to the listening room.
Sonus faber “Arrow Point” DAD (Damped Apex Dome, synthesis of the classic
dome and ring transducer) 29 XTR-06. A Sonus faber designed 29 mm moving coil
driver, with Sonus faber’s vibration optimized mechanical interface. The ultra
dynamic linearity is given by the new Neodymium motor system. Implemented with a
natural wood acoustic labyrinth rear chamber, a mechanical anti-resonator
designed for this application. To perfectly match the high frequency performance
to different listening rooms and different tastes it is possible to adjust the
SPL of the tweeter.
Sonus faber M18
XTR-08. A Sonus faber designed 180 mm neodymium magnet system ultra dynamic
linearity midrange. CCAW wire is used on a composite former “eddy current free”
voice coil. The dynamically linear magnetic field motor incorporates triple
Kellog/Goeller rings. A special custom diaphragm is made with a real time air
dried non pressed blend of traditional cellulose pulp, kapok, kenaf and other
natural fibers, developed according to the most natural sound. To further
inhibit any residual cone coloration we are using a transparent viscous surface
damping coating. The basket is thoroughly optimized to eliminate any resonance,
thanks to a high-tech dual metal (Avional and Gun Metal), CNC machined from
solid billets. The combination of the two different materials, Avional and
Gunmetal, allows eliminating any mutual resonance. The same way as the tweeter,
the midrange is decoupled from the main baffle board and designed
synergistically with its optimized “acoustic chamber”. A special coaxial
anti-compressor is used, designed to remove cavity resonances and distortions.
Sonus faber W22 XTR-12. A pair of Sonus
faber designed 220 mm lightweight “sandwich” cone structure (high-tech syntactic
foam core and two external surface skins of coated cellulose pulp) woofers are
embebed in an acoustically amorphous “stealth reflex” chamber. Designed to blend
perfectly with the special midrange and, at the same time, to have absolute
definition in their range: the sandwich structure with outer paper pulp skins
has the same sonic character of the midrange cone. A long-throw motor system
with a 2” controlled “eddy current” voice coil is implemented for high speed,
performance and linearity. Special coaxial anti-compressor are used, designed to
remove cavity resonance and distortions.
Sonus faber SW32 XT-08. Sonus faber designed a 320 mm infra woofer,
lightweight honeycomb composite sandwich cone structure with Nanocarbon
technology for a maximum rigidity and implemented it in an acoustically
amorphous “stealth reflex” chamber. The unit features a very powerful long throw
motor with a 3” voice coil for ultra dynamic linearity. To perfectly match the
low-end performance to different listening rooms it is possible to adapt the SPL
of the infra woofer.
SOUND FIELD SHAPER
special patented Sound field Shaper technology, a direct derivation from the
“The”, allows the control of the direct/reverberant radiation ratio of the Aida.
The sound field shaping module can be SPL optimized.
FIELD SHAPER TWEETER
29 mm ultra dynamic linearity neodymium dome
driver. Optimized off-axis radiation for this special application.
SOUND FIELD SHAPER MIDRANGE
120 mm, paper pulp/natural
fiber blend cone driver for maximum coherence with the front midrange emission.
Non-resonant design, optimized
amplitude/phase response for optimal space/time performance. “Paracross
topology” on the tweeter hi-pass. The impedance at low frequencies is controlled
for a clear and friendly amplifier performance. Triple staggered transfer
function low frequency/room interface optimized filter. Highest quality is used
in terms of the components: Mundorf “Supreme” Silver/Gold/Oil capacitors,
Jantzen inductors. Cross-over: 55Hz - 180 Hz - 250 Hz - 3000Hz.