Sonus Faber Lumina Makes Its Debut

This new announcement from Sonus Faber on the Lumina speaker line is interesting to us at Part-Time Audiophile-on the same day these new speakers were announced to the public in the following press release, a pair of Sonus Faber Lumina IIIs in wenge veneers arrived on my front porch. I was supposed to have them a few weeks before today, but Covid-19 has thrown a monkey wrench into international and domestic shipping over the summer and everything has been delayed.

I have a renewed interest in Sonus Faber ever since I reviewed the Olympica Nova last year. Sonus Faber has taken a slight shift in their designs over the last few years, and that has resulted in a sound that I find incredibly appealing. Now we get a chance to hear the Sonus Faber Lumina line, which brings those same advances into an entry level line.

I will take photos in a couple of days once the Sonus Faber Lumina III loudspeakers are set up in my system, and a full review will follow.

Here’s the press release:


Vicenza, Italy (September 8, 2020) — Sonus faber is proud to announce the new Lumina collection, an entry-level line conceived on the notion that now, more than ever, it is important to savor time for ourselves and celebrate life’s precious moments. In today’s world, we have come to fully appreciate our living spaces where these moments come to life.

Sound is one of the main elements that defines the way we live, with music raising our spirits, echoing our emotions, inspiring feelings of nostalgia and creating an atmosphere of belonging that starts in our homes. Music is the universal language able to activate processes in your body, in your mind, in your heart and in your soul. The true sound of music is something everyone deserves to have in their homes.
“Lumina” in Latin means “LIGHT”, but also a source of energy and life. To Sonus faber, this name can be broken down further to add complexity to the term, becoming a sort of acronym:

The first two letters stand for luxury– the taste of precious moments, the discovery of refined details and the understanding of truly relevant things. This element symbolizes our commitment to deliver a luxury music experience in all Sonus faber homes, which is facilitated through our longstanding tradition of refined materials and careful craftsmanship.

The second two letters stand for minimalist. This principal of minimalism directly captures the essence of the product, which was thoughtfully designed in conjunction with the theory “less is more.” The new collection comprises the core values of Sonus faber and the precious materials that identify the brand, such as real multilayer wood and leather and combines them with incredible performance in a simple yet
luxurious design. Simplicity remains central to the collection’s identity with its easy set-up, accessible price point, and excellent sound performance– empowering everyone to enjoy a true Sonus faber experience.

The cabinet of the collection is perfectly squared- the Sonus faber design department executed this minimalistic design in order to emphasize the quality of materials used. A careful study of proportions was carried out to guarantee accurate volumes for sound performances and compact dimension for set-up.

Lumina’s multilayer wood of the front baffle and the real wood veneer is available in iconic premium finishes including walnut and wenge, both in matte finish with maple inlays, with a third option available in piano black. All other surfaces of the cabinet are hand covered in our iconic black leather. The chrome rings around the drivers highlight shapes and proportions and give brightness to the front baffle while
outlining the Voice of Sonus faber. Luminas are also provided with two pairs of nickel-plated terminals, allowing for an upgrade experience provided by bi-wiring and bi-amping. Luminas crossover are featuring some specifically designed Sonus faber branded hi-quality capacitors.

Finally, the last two letters embody the natural sound reproduction and Voice of Sonus faber. The Lumina electro-acoustic project is targeting solutions designed for modern lifestyles and various listening environments, without compromising performance. Multichannel systems and multimedia solutions are perfect for Lumina, offering excellent room coverage for audiences to enjoy a captivating and authentic experience from every seat in the room. Due to updated technology, Lumina speakers are incredibly adaptable and sound excellent wherever they are placed—even close to a back wall or on a bookshelf. The beauty of the new Lumina collection is that they can be placed virtually anywhere and will still deliver a breathtaking performance.

The Lumina collection features three models: Lumina I, an extremely compact bookshelf speaker, that looks great as an individual stereo pair or as surround speaker in a cinema set up; Lumina III is an elegant floor-standing model that ensures powerful, distortion-free sound and high speech intelligibility for games and movies; Lumina Center I is a center channel speaker option aligned in appearance and acoustics that
fit perfectly with its siblings in the full collection.

This essential combination of models is a perfectly balanced solution for traditional stereo system enthusiasts as much as for those looking to experience a multichannel home theater system.

Completing the range there are the Gravis I and II subwoofer models, to achieve maximum performance of one’s home entertainment system, deep low-frequency effects (LFE), and a fuller listening experience. Lumina and Gravis, in a 5.1 channel configuration, will offer you enveloping effects for movies and an immersive atmosphere for music concerts not just from the screen, but all around you.

Lumina collection is available in three finishes: Walnut, Wengè and Piano Black.

The suggested retail prices for the collection are:
– Lumina III: $ 2.199
– Lumina I: $ 899
– Lumina Center I: $ 699

[All images courtesy of Sonus Faber]