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Sonus Faber Launches Sonetto

100% Made In Italy

KEF R Series

The 1900 Building in Kansas City, Missouri, is the original HQ for Lee Jeans, and last week I got a tour, courtesy of Mr. Karbank, the owner. The "new" 1900 Building is a very posh and modern affair, with space for industry and a fantastic restaurant, but most interesting to you, dear reader, is that Mr. Karbank is also a client of a local Sonus Faber dealer Elevated Electronics, and that relationship allowed Sonus Faber the opportunity to bring some friends in to introduce a new toy, or rather, a collection of such toys, to celebrate their 35th Anniversary. The Sonetto Collection will slot in below the Olympica and above the Venere lines (picture: exactly in the middle), and features a set of eight different loudspeakers: one on-wall, two center-channels, two stand-mounts, and three floor-standing. There will be three finishes available, piano black, matte white, and "wood" (walnut). Availability is targeted as "August". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0ymmycV0Hw

Speakers & Major Features

All 8 loudspeakers feature the same DAD tweeter, paper-cone mids, and aluminum woofers in die-cast baskets. These drivers are fitted into the lute-shaped cabinets and fitted with a touch-me soft leather top panel (just because/touching/leather-is-good), a down-firing/front-venting port, and the spiffy SF aluminum feet. Will Kline, Brand Manager for Sonus Faber, underscored that the speakers in the Sonetto Collection are 100% Made in Italy. We did a brief tour of the floor-staning speakers, here driven by McIntosh and Audio Research electronics and fed by either McIntosh, Audio Research, or a Pro-Ject turntable. Smooth, elegant, fatigue-free sound -- this is all-day stuff. And the look? Just stunning. Speaking for myself, I think an all-SF home theater system with these speakers would be just spectacular. More info on the models, including prices, below.

Sonetto I

  • 2-way shelf loudspeaker system. “Front Vented” box design
  • TWEETER: 29mm high definition DAD driver. DKM dome diaphragm. Visco-elastically baffle decoupling. Sonus faber design.
  • MIDWOOFER: 150mm cone driver. Ultra-free compression basket. Special custom diaphragm made with a real time air dried non pressed blend of traditional cellulose pulp and other natural fibers, developed according to the most natural sound. Ultra-dynamic performance and high linearity. Sonus faber design.
  • CROSSOVER: Anti-resonant design, optimized amplitude/ phase response for optimal space/time performance. “Paracross topology”. Crossover frequency: 2500 Hz.
  • FREQUENCY RESPONSE: 45 Hz -25.000 Hz
  • SENSITIVITY (2.83V/1M): 87dB SPL
  • NOMINAL IMPEDANCE: 4 ohm
  • TOTAL DIMENSIONS (HXWXD): 359 (1090 stand included) x 219 x 305 mm
  • WEIGHT (KG): 5,5 (stand not included)
  • US Retail (expected): $1,699/pair (stand not included; available for $499/pair)

Sonetto II

  • 2-way shelf loudspeaker system. “Front Vented” box design
  • TWEETER: Same as Sonetto 1
  • MIDWOOFER: 165mm cone driver.
  • CROSSOVER: 2650 Hz.
  • FREQUENCY RESPONSE: 42 Hz -25.000 Hz
  • SENSITIVITY (2.83V/1M): 87dB SPL
  • NOMINAL IMPEDANCE: 4 ohm
  • TOTAL DIMENSIONS (HXWXD): 370 (1101 stand included) x 250 x 334 mm
  • WEIGHT (KG): 6,8 (stand not included
  • US Retail (expected): $2,299/pair (stand not included; available for $499/pair)

Sonetto III

  • 3-way floorstanding loudspeaker system. Vented box design.
  • MIDRANGE: 150mm cone driver.
  • WOOFERS: 2x150mm cone drivers.
  • CROSSOVER: 220 and 3250 Hz.
  • FREQUENCY RESPONSE: 42 Hz -25.000 Hz
  • SENSITIVITY (2.83V/1M): 89dB SPL
  • NOMINAL IMPEDANCE: 4 ohm
  • TOTAL DIMENSIONS (HXWXD): 1018 x 219 x 305 mm
  • WEIGHT (KG): 16
  • US Retail (expected): $3,999/pair

Sonetto V

  • 3-way floorstanding loudspeaker system. Vented box design.
  • MIDRANGE: 150mm cone driver.
  • WOOFERS: 2x180mm cone drivers.
  • CROSSOVER: 235 and 3000 Hz.
  • FREQUENCY RESPONSE: 38 Hz -25.000 Hz
  • SENSITIVITY (2.83V/1M): 90dB SPL
  • NOMINAL IMPEDANCE: 4 ohm
  • TOTAL DIMENSIONS (HXWXD): 1072 x 258 x 409 mm
  • WEIGHT (KG): 22.6
  • US Retail (expected): $4.999/pair.

Sonetto VIII

  • 3-way floorstanding loudspeaker system. Vented box design.
  • MIDRANGE: 150mm cone driver.
  • WOOFERS: 3x180mm
  • CROSSOVER: 270 and 3000 Hz.
  • FREQUENCY RESPONSE: 36 Hz -25.000 Hz
  • SENSITIVITY (2.83V/1M): 89dB SPL
  • NOMINAL IMPEDANCE: 4 ohm
  • TOTAL DIMENSIONS (HXWXD): 1188 x 283 x 427 mm
  • WEIGHT (KG): 26.3
  • US Retail (expected): $6,499/pair.

Sonetto Wall

  • 2-way on-wall speaker. Passive radiator design.
  • MIDRANGE: 150mm cone driver.
  • CROSSOVER: 3800 Hz.
  • FREQUENCY RESPONSE: 60 Hz -25.000 Hz
  • SENSITIVITY (2.83V/1M): 89dB SPL
  • NOMINAL IMPEDANCE: 4 ohm
  • TOTAL DIMENSIONS (HXWXD): 500x291x163 mm
  • WEIGHT (KG): 4.8
  • US Retail (expected): $1,199/pair.

Sonetto Center I

  • 2-way shelf loudspeaker system. Vented box design.
  • MIDRANGE: 2x150mm cone driver.
  • CROSSOVER: 3800 Hz.
  • FREQUENCY RESPONSE: 60 Hz -25.000 Hz
  • SENSITIVITY (2.83V/1M): 90dB SPL
  • NOMINAL IMPEDANCE: 4 ohm
  • TOTAL DIMENSIONS (HXWXD): 242 x 495 x 303 mm
  • WEIGHT (KG): 6.5
  • US Retail (expected): $999

Sonetto Center II

  • 3-way shelf loudspeaker system. Vented box design.
  • MIDRANGE: 2x150mm cone driver.
  • WOOFER: 2x150mm cone driver.
  • CROSSOVER: 220 and 1650 Hz.
  • FREQUENCY RESPONSE: 42 Hz -25.000 Hz
  • SENSITIVITY (2.83V/1M): 91dB SPL
  • NOMINAL IMPEDANCE: 4 ohm
  • TOTAL DIMENSIONS (HXWXD): 289 x 743 x 409 mm
  • WEIGHT (KG): 16.2
  • US Retail (expected): $1,999
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3 Comments on Sonus Faber Launches Sonetto

  1. can tell from the drivers and their rubber surrounds…………..SF is really going downhill…………

  2. Looks interesting. But for the two center channel speakers, the price is shown as for a pair. Why would this be the case with center speakers. Also, the specs for the center speakers give no info on the tweeters.

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