Sonus Faber launches Olympica Nova speaker range

Passing the Olympica torch

by Andy Bassett
The Italian loudspeaker manufacturer is known for its smoothly curved wood cabinets and luxury embellishments such as soft Italian leather as well as its leading-edge acoustic engineering.
Bringing both of these factors to their latest range, the Olympica Nova series sees curved-wood asymmetric cabinets housing Sonus faber’s Damped Apex Dome tweeters and Paracross Topology crossovers with the Stealth Ultraflex port system extending down the speakers’ spines.

Replacing the existing Olympica Series, the new range consists of the standmount Olympica Nova I, the floorstanding Olympica Nova II, III and V, the Olympica Nova Center I and Center II home cinema centre speakers and the Olympica Nova Wall for on-wall siting.

Sonus Faber’s full press release is below.


Denver, CO (September 5, 2019) – Sonus faber is proud to announce the launch of their new Olympica Nova speaker collection at the 16th Annual Rocky Mountain International Audio Fest (RMAF) in September 2019. The new collection will be available for viewing at the Red Rock 1 Room, Colorado Ballroom, Level 3 of the Convention Center. Product details can be found below.

BACKGROUND
Over the last 12 months, Sonus faber has begun a complete update to their product assortment, focusing on the attributes which originally built the brand: technological innovation, long term listenability and Italian craftsmanship. New launches have included Sonetto and Palladio Collections, a new line of Gravis subwoofers, the Electa Amator III and the Minima Amator II, all showcasing the brand’s dedication to innovation and its Italian heritage. The reinvention of the Olympica Nova collection is just the latest step in this evolution, and a new set of offerings that truly embody the brand’s stylistic manifesto.

The new Olympica Nova embraces the authentic values that inspired the original Olympica line while adding a substantial amount of freshly developed technology, from new drivers and crossovers, to new cabinet structure and internal volume tuning, to a new exterior look. Of the seven models in the collection, three are all-new to the Olympica Nova line, including an on-wall model, a third and more powerful floorstander, and a larger centre channel.



Sonus Faber launches Olympica Nova speaker range
THE AESTHETICS
• Structure: The walls of the new Olympica Nova collection are made with eight layers of bended wood, providing the cabinet with extreme rigidity. Inside the cabinet, carefully placed structural ribs are used as reinforcement to reduce vibration and to handle the overall power of the transducer’s movement.

• Top: The original Olympica’s leather wrapped top panel gives way to a walnut or wenge wood panel set in a solid die-cast aluminum plate.

• Reflex: The outer part of the Stealth Ultraflex™ system, an extremely low-turbulence porting system, is fabricated from a solid piece of extruded aluminum and it is inherited from Sonus Faber’s Homage Tradition models. Inspired by sea waves, the system facilitates airflow through the duct while controlling its speed and reducing distortion-causing turbulence.

• Supports: Completely redesigned for the line relaunch, the supports (bottom plates and stands) are crafted from solid aluminum billets and paired with steel spikes, guaranteeing increased strength and solidity.

• Front baffle: The front baffle is comprised of hand-finished natural wood, enhancing the entire enclosure.

• Voice of Sonus faber: Genuine leather is applied to Voice of Sonus faber and around the woofers. As per Sonus faber tradition, the leather is applied by hand in the brand’s Vicenza production facility.

• Asymmetric shape: This specific shape allows versatile positioning of the speakers for efficient bass response tuning in any room, while the lack of flat and parallel walls improves enclosure performance. This is an original design concept inspired by nature, as the lines follow the flow of a circular spiral motion, achieving a more organic cabinet structure. Not just a functional element added to handle airflow, the reflex duct is now fully integrated into the cabinet, further improving the speed and transparency of sound
Sonus Faber launches Olympica Nova speaker range
THE TECHNOLOGY
The new Olympica Nova collection merges tradition and innovation, featuring advanced solutions that enhance Sonus faber’s trademark performance.

• The tweeter features the DADTM technology (Damped Apex DomeTM) on a 28mm silk dome diaphragm and a magnetic motor system that integrates “Neodymium Cap Design”. The arch and the ring of the DADTM system have been redesigned and obtained from a solid piece of aluminum die-cast.

• The midrange and mid-woofer transducers are derived from those used in the Homage Tradition collection with evolutionary improvements: – The Cone: Following the traditional Sonus faber structure, air-dried, non-pressed blend of cellulose pulp and other natural fibers Kapok, Kenaf gives the cone a slightly rough surface of varying density, which reduces resonance, guaranteeing a natural sound with increased transparency and detail. – Die-Cast Aluminum Basket is designed to allow maximum rigidity and airflow, enhancing detail. – The Moving Coil is made with CCAW (Copper Clad Aluminum Winding), a special copper alloy that reduces moving mass and improves dynamics and power handling – The Phase Plug is made of aluminum with a copper ring, helping to eliminate intermodulation distortion and enhance micro-dynamics

• The woofer features a cone that benefits from an exclusive sandwich construction technique where two sheets of cellulose pulp encasing a hi-tech syntactic foam. This low-mass, high-rigidity structure provides fast and powerful sound reproduction while allowing total coherence with the mid-high units.

• The cross-over network implements Paracross TopologyTM, making it less sensitive to radiofrequency interference, improving transient response and lowering noise floor. The filtering topology of the entire line features new exclusive Clarity Cap capacitors, customized for Sonus faber.

Sonus Faber launches Olympica Nova speaker range
FINISHES
Olympica Nova collection is available in two finishes:
• WENGE matte
• WALNUT matte

RETAIL PRICES
Olympica Nova I: £5,950 per pair (optional stands £995)
Olympica Nova II: £8,950 per pair
Olympica Nova III: £11,950 per pair
Olympica Nova V: £14,900 per pair
Olympica Nova Center I: £4,500
Olympica Nova Center II: £6,500
Olympica Nova Wall: £3,500

MARKET AVAILABILITY
Olympica Nova V, III, II, I will be available worldwide in September 2019.
Olympica Nova Center II, Center I and Wall will be available in October 2019.


Aspiration audio engineering at its finest, perhaps. Are these eye-catching and ear-catching enough to warrant a place in your home entertainment setup?

Source: Press release
Image Source: Sonus Faber

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