Sonus Faber Launches Sonetto

100% Made In Italy







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”.

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