I caught my first glimpse of the all-new Amerigo from Sonics by Joachim Gerhard at last years Rocky Mountain Audio Fest and was able to have a further listen at CES. I liked what I heard. As fortune would have it, I unpacked a pair of Amerigos a few days ago. It arrived courtesy of Spiral Groove (Immedia) its new American partner. The occasion is notable for being the first Sonics model manufactured in the new Berkeley, CA facility. (Sonics continues to manufacture in Germany as well). Like all speakers designed by the redoubtable Joachim Gerhard the Amerigo, has already connected with me with its clean, boxless character, fast transient response,micro-dynamic reflexes and a spacious presentation that makes you want to flop down on the nearest couch and simply enjoy. Which I’m doing.
Design-wise, the Amerigo is a three-way, bass reflex design with an undemanding 87dB sensitivity and a 7-ohm nominal impedance. It stands roughly 40 inches tall. It’s fairly boxy in width and depth, a departure from the ultra narrow baffles which Gerhard penned during his days with Audio Physic. Construction is predominately birch plywood rather than the lower cost (and less rigid, more resonant) MDF and contains a separate internal sealed cabinet for the 15cm midrange driver. The drivers include a 22mm ring radiator tweeter–an aluminum-magnesium dome in a wide textile surround which allows greater output and damping. Both the woofer and midrange cone employ a light metal ceramic-coated membrane chosen for rigidity and speed. The woofer is optimized for its range by virtue of a long voice coil and longer throw cone.
I’m still settling the speakers in with a combination of Isotek test disc and just letting music play while I’m engaged in other activities but it’s clear very good things are happening with the Amerigo. Check out Sonics and other products at www.immediasound.com & look for my full review coming this summer.
(Note: In bottom pic that's my resident compact, the ATC-SCM20-2 in background)