The latest speaker unveiled by Sonus faber is the new Maxima Amator which pays homage to the company’s classic two-way roots yet features evolved speaker technology and contemporary engineering.
You know what you’re getting with Sonus faber, premium handcrafted speakers that transport listeners into a world of timeless Italian tradition, culture and craftsmanship and, despite sounding like a colosseum contender in Ridley Scott’s Gladiator, the Maxima Amator aims to continue that. So while the new two-way design echoes many of the classic Sonus faber two-ways of the past, it introduces contemporary speaker technology too.
A luxury floorstander, the Maxima Amator benefits from a beautiful solid walnut cabinet which has been designed using modern woodworking methods to exploit the performance benefits of a solid-wood chassis. The vented cabinet consists of three different chambers; the first is the optimised acoustic volume, the second chamber is filled with inert material that imparts cabinet stability and helps reduce any spurious resonances of the solid wood structure, while the third contains the crossover network thus isolating it from the acoustic chamber.
The rich walnut is further enhanced by a real leather wrap on both the front baffle and rear panel.
The new Maxima Amator is the latest addition to the Heritage collection, which already features the Minima Amator II and Electa Amator II standmounts, so in keeping with its stablemates, the Maxima uses the same drivers as the Electa Amator II. Thus, it sports a silk dome 28 mm “Arrow Point” D.A.D. (Damped Apex Dome) tweeter with Neodymium magnetic motor system and a solid spruce wood acoustic labyrinth rear-chamber. Meanwhile, the midrange unit is a 180 mm cone with a real-time air-dried membrane which is a non pressed blend of traditional cellulose pulp, kapok, kenaf and other natural fibres mounted on a Sonus faber original design die-cast aluminum basket.
The company has developed a new crossover technology especially for the Maxima Amator. The IFF Crossover (Interactive Fusion Filtering) design foregoes a conventional first order design, with special transfer functions based on the company’s accelerated progressive slopes.
Sonus faber products are distributed in the UK by Fine Sounds UK and the Maxima Amator is available globally from December priced at £14,500.
Source: Press Release
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