The new Olympica loudspeaker series from Sonus Faber has been created as a homage to master architect Andrea Palladio and his Teatro Olimpico, a monumental theater in Vicenza, Italy. This new range of speakers, designed completely from the ground up, consists of three models called the Olympica I, Olympica II and Olympica III.
Characterized by the use of natural walnut wood, the top and bottom plates are solid walnut. All joints are clear maple wood in the walnut finish, and the more traditional black maple in the graphite finish. The form is a synthesis of the experience gained from the flagship Aida and the classic lyre form. The important difference lies in the asymmetry of the cabinet, introduced here for the first time by Sonus faber. This asymmetry has true purpose: first, it further reduces internal resonances by removing all parallel surfaces. Second, it accommodates the new bass reflex system. The top is covered in natural leather (with feature stitching and a hot-branded Sonus faber logo) and a beveled aluminum ring. The front baffle is covered in natural leather with no visible screws, and the back is also covered in leather with sunken serial number tags and connection terminals below. Lastly, the new side reflex port lies vertically at the back of the speaker. It is covered with a perforated metal grille. For the bookshelf model, a special anodized aluminum stand allows the speaker to be positioned at the correct inclination and, just like the floor models, is equipped with adjustable stainless steel feet to ensure stability and durability.
All Sonus faber Olympica models employ new drivers that have been designed entirely by Sonus faber engineering, including new die-cast baskets that combine rigidity with an ability to remain acoustically transparent. For the diaphragms, as is usual, the use of natural materials such as silk dome for the tweeter and cellulose mixtures for the midrange and woofer prevail. In detail: 29mm dome Tweeter containing DAD technology and neodymium magnet, derived from the development of Aida; 150 mm Midrange with a cone made of a proprietary mixture of cellulose, kapok and kenaf; 180mm Woofer with a cone constructed from a sandwich of cellulose pulp membrane and rigid syntactic foam.
The Crossover is the result of detailed computer research and careful tuning by ear. It is comprised of components selected from the finest international producers. The Bass Reflex system is the innovative soul of this project, and is designed in particular to ensure speed in the articulation and extension of low frequencies. It is a sophisticated approach to Bass Reflex design starting from concepts in aerodynamic management of laminar flow as expressed by Onken and Jensen during the golden age of High Fidelity. These concepts, further evolved by Sonus faber, introduce elements that are profoundly innovative, such as the Stealth Reflex system. Invented by Sonus faber and currently implemented in the models The Sonus faber and Aida, the hyperbolic shape of the duct has led to the ‘duck tail geometry’ of the speaker. Lateral flow ports and the aerodynamic antiturbulence control of airflow in the exit duct through a stainless steel foil are managed by precise holes defined from research in the aeronautic field. Overall, this reflex system with its vertical and lateral laminar output, provides the advantage of allowing you to decide whether to place the speakers with the reflex output pointing in or out, depending on room acoustics or personal taste.
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