Sonus faber Announces New Homage Tradition Collection

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Sonus faber Announces New Homage Tradition Collection

The following is a press release issued by Sonus faber. Watch for Julie Mullins' forthcoming coverage of the launch event that will appear online soon.

THE COLLECTION
Sonus faber wishes to evoke Italian design and creativity at their best by restyling the Homage collection, the company’s most iconic line which has been completely revamped in keeping with its rich past and precious legacy. Welcome Homage Tradition! The collection features four elements: Amati, Guarneri, Vox and the newcomer Serafino, a 3,5 ways floor-standing speaker, whose name is taken from the history of Italian violin-making (Santo Serafino – 1699 /1758 – Venetian master trained at Nicolò Amati workshop). The made-in-Italy appeal and the great Sonus faber tradition find their expression in a classic and slightly retro approach, where the classical lute shape is still central and maintains the roots with the history but components, finishes and design has been completely renewed.

THE PROJECT
The patents and technological solutions of Lilium, Il Cremonese and of the Olympica Collection find further evolution inside Homage Tradition. The “Stealth Ultraflex” is the evolution of the “Stealth Reflex” system; its external part at the back panel, is in extruded Aluminum and controls the flow of air through the duct while controlling its speed and reducing any turbulence and hence distortion. The back too is part of the Exosqueleton system complete with Dampshelves on top and bottom of the speakers. Guarneri and Serafino feature the so-called Silent Spikes, coaxial metal/elastomer/metal spikes which reinterpret the classic patented “Z.V.T.” (Zero Vibration Transmission) system and derive from Il Cremonese. Amati keeps the classic optimized suspension system. The transducers of the Homage Tradition collection are derived directly from Il Cremonese and have been further developed to create an exclusive and unique design.

THE DESIGN
The lute shape of the cabinets of the collection is the fruit of careful research and major restyling. The curves of the sides change and double, blending the lines of previous models of the Tradition collection with those inherited from Lilium and giving these speakers larger volumes especially on the back. This evolution allows the cabinet to better control internal resonances. The distinctive feature of the design of the new Homage Tradition collection – and a recall of the original Homage collection – is the new layout of the top whose main accent is, once again, wood with the same finish of the sides. The Guarneri Tradition stand plays a key role in the aesthetic and electro-acoustic design. It’s made in carbon fiber monocoque and sums the know-how reached with the Sonus faber-Pagani Automobili partnership and Ex3ma production. The curved outline of the stand, though much lighter and acoustically transparent than its predecessor, ensures maximum structural strength.

FINISHES
Homage Tradition collection is available in two finishes:

  • RED: Traditional walnut wood essence with black inlays combined with brushed black Aluminum and black leather (like flagships Aida, Lilium and Il Cremonese);
  • WENGÈ: Wengè wood essence – used for the first time by Sonus faber – with maple inlays (reference to the walnut finish of Olympica collection) with brushed Aluminum in Titanium finish and brown leather. RETAIL PRICES The suggested retail prices for the collection are:
  • AMATI TRADITION: $ 29,900
  • SERAFINO TRADITION: $ 21,900
  • GUARNERI TRADITION: $ 15,900 (stand included) Taxes, shipping and any customs duties are excluded.

MARKET AVAILABILITY
Homage collection will be available to selected US and Canadian dealers from March 2017.

Technical Specification - Guarneri Tradition

System 2 way, full para-aperiodic vented box “Stealth Ultraflex System” and “Zero Vibration Transmission” technology implemented on the dedicated stand, decoupled from the floor, stand mount loudspeaker system.
Tweeter H28 XTR-04. Sonus faber silk dome 28 mm “Arrow Point” DAD, implemented with a natural wood acoustic labyrinth rear chamber.
Midwoofer W15 XTR-04. Sonus faber designed 150 mm neodymium magnet system ultra dynamic linearity midwoofer.
Cross-over Non-resonant design, optimized amplitude/phase response for optimal space/time performance. “Paracross topology”. The impedance at low frequencies is controlled for a clear and friendly amplifier performance.. Highest quality is used in terms of the components: last generation Mundorf “Evo” Oil and Silver/Gold/Oil capacitors, Jantzen inductors. Cross-over point: 2.500Hz.
Frequency Response 40 Hz – 35.000 Hz, Stealth reflex included.
Sensitivity 87 db SPL (2.83V/1 m).
Nominal Impedance 4 ohm.
Suggested Amplifier Power Output 30W – 250W, without clipping.
Long-term Max Input Voltage (IEC 268-5) 20 V rms
Dimensions (HxWxD) 377 x 239 x 375 mm 148,5 x 94 x 148 in
Weight 16 Kg 35 lb
Dedicated Stand (entirely made in Carbon Fiber) Dimensions (HxWxD) 758 x 300 x 390 mm 298 x 118 x 153,5 in
Weight 16 Kg 35 lb

Technical Specification – Serafino Tradition

System 3.5 way, full para-aperiodic vented box “Stealth Ultraflex” system and “Zero Vibration Transmission” technology, decoupled from the floor, staggered low frequency floor standing loudspeaker system.
Tweeter H28 XTR-04. Sonus faber silk dome 28 mm “Arrow Point” DAD, implemented with a natural wood acoustic labyrinth rear chamber.
Midrange M15 XTR-04. Sonus faber designed 150 mm neodymium magnet system ultra dynamic linearity midrange.
Woofer 2 x W18XTR-08. Sonus faber designed 180 mm lightweight “sandwich” cone structure (high-tech syntactic foam core and two external surface skins of cellulose pulp) woofers.
Cross-over Non-resonant design, optimized amplitude/phase response for optimal space/time performance. “Paracross topology”. The impedance at low frequencies is controlled for a clear and friendly amplifier performance. Double staggered transfer function low frequency/room interface optimized filter. Highest quality is used in terms of the components: last generation Mundorf “Evo” Oil and Silver/Gold/Oil capacitors, Jantzen inductors. Cross-over point: 80Hz - 250 Hz – 2.500Hz
Frequency Response 30 Hz – 35.000 Hz, Stealth reflex included.
Sensitivity 90 db SPL (2.83V/1 m).
Nominal Impedance 4 ohm.
Suggested Amplifier Power Output 80W – 350W, without clipping.
Long-term Max Input Voltage (IEC 268-5)
22 V rms
Dimensions (HxWxD) 1091 x 396 x 485 mm 430 x 156 x 191 in
Weight 52 Kg 115 lb

Technical Specification – Amati Tradition

System 3.5 way, full para-aperiodic vented box “Stealth Ultraflex” system and “Zero Vibration Transmission” technology, decoupled from the floor, staggered low frequency floor standing loudspeaker system.
Tweeter H28 XTR-04. Sonus faber silk dome 28 mm “Arrow Point” DAD, implemented with a natural wood acoustic labyrinth rear chamber.
Midrange M15 XTR-04. Sonus faber designed 150 mm neodymium magnet system ultra dynamic linearity midrange.
Woofer 2 x W22XTR-08. Sonus faber designed 220 mm lightweight “sandwich” cone structure (high-tech syntactic foam core and two external surface skins of cellulose pulp) woofers.
Cross-over Non-resonant design, optimized amplitude/phase response for optimal space/time performance. “Paracross topology”. The impedance at low frequencies is controlled for a clear and friendly amplifier performance. Double staggered transfer function low frequency/room interface optimized filter. Highest quality is used in terms of the components: last generation Mundorf “Evo” Oil and Silver/Gold/Oil capacitors, Jantzen inductors. Cross-over point: 80Hz - 250 Hz – 2.500Hz
Frequency Response 28 Hz – 35.000 Hz, Stealth reflex included.
Sensitivity 90 db SPL (2.83V/1 m).
Nominal Impedance 4 ohm.
Suggested Amplifier Power Output 100W – 500W, without clipping.
Long-term Max Input Voltage (IEC 268-5) 25 V rms
Dimensions (HxWxD) 1176 x 411 x 512 mm 463 x 162 x 201,5 in
Weight 61 Kg 134,5 lb

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