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The wood undergoes a long aging phase before reaching the final stability and being used for the cabinet construction of our high-end loudspeaker as it happens for the musical instruments creation.
A TRIBUTE TO THE PALLADIAN “TEATRO OLIMPICO“
The search for the highest sophistication in acoustics, the artistic and aesthetic investigation linked to classicism, the look towards the modern knowledge: these are the main factors that link Olympica with the grandiose work of Andrea Palladio, which has been the inspiration in its creation and evolution.
We can dance around this, but the Sonus faber Olympica II represents the right answer to an increasingly important question in audio: Can we have style AND substance? The usual answer is to dismiss anything that looks good with a wave of the hand, mumbling something about ‘style over substance’ in the process. The Olympica range makes a strong case for the importance of both.
The leather topped and leather fronted design, with the Sonus faber name stamped into the black hide, starts the process. The subtle chrome ring around this leather-bound top follows suit, the panelled wood finish (reminiscent of that other great Italian classic, the Riva Aquarama runabout) and the elegant black spaghetti grill adds to the appeal, and the top to bottom side-venting chrome plate tops it off. The fact the Olympica II uses two different sizes of spike (which look more like armour-piecing shells than normal speaker spikes) allowing a gentle back tilt makes the loudspeaker a truly desirable floorstanding design, one that is just as likely to make it to the pages of an interior design magazine as a hi-fi magazine.
The loudspeaker uses Sonus faber’s custom-specified ‘arrow point’ 29mm silk tweeter, with the clever Damped Apex Dome design that makes it a combination dome and ring-radiator design. This is partnered to a 150mm midrange unit, which sports an organic composite cone material and a sharply tapered aluminium phase plug, and a 180mm cellulose/synthetic foam sandwich design with a dust cap. This driver choice is common to the Olympica II and III, with the larger loudspeaker adding a second bass unit, and a lot more mass. READ MORE