Sonus Faber - The Sonus Faber SE17


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The Sonus Faber is the “non plus ultra” of a dream. A concentrate of experience, intuitions, hard work and design that finds its meaning in rendering the music more vivid, natural and captivating. A Sonus Faber has never been previously designed considering such a multitude of “points of view”. Besides the variety of solutions, the result exceeds the sums of the elements involved. A design that re-echoes a know-how as old as music, together with a vision of what will come. An authentic the Sonus Faber.

The lyre: between inspiration and functionality.
The “lyre” is the instrument par excellence of drama, and it is also a reference to the “lyre” shape. I was inspired by this fascinating instrument, together with musical references and universal myths such as the sphynx, with its air of mystery. Nothing in this object was left to fate; each individual part expresses a concept and has a precise function; in terms of sound genesis, its neutrality, a formal expression of quality. An important task, which has led to creating a starting point for a new generation of products.

The new projects add the target of accurate reproduction of “silence” to the metaphor of the musical instrument. “Silence” means the elimination of all vibrations and spurious sounds that contaminate the purity of music. Here metal and the way to shape it come into play. Metal, from “avional” to “gun metal”, is dealt with using

The double walls in okoume plywood with dual curvature are uncoupled by a “constriction damped” visco-insulating layer. The dual curvature increases rigidity compared to techniques used in the past, while the dampening eliminates the last traces of resonance.

The direct/indirect emission balance has been faced in an innovative way. Two totally independent loudspeaker systems collaborate in order to pursue the best balance between the direct field and the reverberating field.

The suspension system permits inhibiting the mechanical transmission of vibrations to the environment and consequently eliminates the creation of spurious resonance and sound feedback.

3.5 way, lyra shape design, state-of-the-art vibration cancellation optimized, sound field shaper variable geometry radiation, stealth reflex , loudspeaker system.

“Lyre shape” design, dual side curvature, special cross grained okumè plywood, used in a double thickness constriction layer damped configuration, has significant advantages compared to the single curvature variant used previously, in terms of low coloration. Sub–structural plywood ribs are strategically placed for total rejection of spurious vibrations and standing waves control. “Anima legata” system, based on two clamshells, i.e. CNC anodized machined avional “vibration conveyors” (on the top and on the bottom of the cabinet) that “collect” the remaining structural micro-vibrations coming from the cabinet walls and the transducers, like the parabola of an antenna. The two clamshells are rigidly connected by a special steel rod, a high speed mechanical interface, the  “Soul Pole”, that concentrates the micro-vibrations to the “Multiple Tuned Mass Damper”, a special custom device optimized to critically damp structural resonances, by oscillating in anti-phase. The enclosure is decoupled from the floor through a patent pending suspension system, eliminating any acoustic feedback and any vibration transmission to the listening room.

Tw: Beryllium dome diaphragm, Ø 30 mm
Md: Neodymium Magnet System, Ø 180 mm
W: sandwich cone structure, high-tech syntactic foam core and two external surface skins of coated cellulose pulp, 2 x Ø 260 mm
Sw: sandwich cone structure with high-tech syntactic foam core and two external surface skins in nano carbon fiber, Ø 380 mm

Tw: Neodymium dome driver, Ø 29 mm
Md: paper pulp/natural fiber blend cone driver, Ø 120 mm

80Hz – 250Hz – 2500Hz

18Hz – 36000Hz, Stealth reflex included

92 db spl (2.83V/1m)

4 ohm

100W – 1KW, without clipping

1750 x 750 x 785 mm
68,8 x 29,5 x 31 in

307 Kg ea – net weight
676 lb ea – net weight