Based in the town of Arcugnano in north-eastern Italy, Sonus Faber is an elite, thoroughly-awarded audio outfit that trade’s in ultra-high-end speakers for audiophiles and other highly-discerning listeners. Having now existed for some 35-years, the company has carved out a reputation for insanely-clear high-fidelity speakers encased in beautifully-crafted and detailed cabinets that draw inspiration from the Italian region’s rich tradition of instrument production (including the legendary Stradavarius, which commonly sees its violins selling for well into seven- and eight-figure territory).
Part of Sonus Faber’s Heritage Collection, the company’s newest release plays up this old world-inspired element, combining top-notch audio hardware with classic Veneto region craftsmanship and construction. Dubbed the Minima Amator II (or “minimum amateur” in Italian), the new bookshelf speakers are a contemporary iteration of a Sonus project from the early ‘90s. Boasting an impressive frequency range of 50 to 35,000Hz, the handmade leather- and brass-adorned solid walnut cabinets pack 150mm mid-woofers and 28mm silk Damped Apex Dome tweeters that afford insanely rich audio. Measuring 12.8” x 7.8” x 10.8” and weighing 15.7lbs, the Minima Amator II is sold with the optional Carrara stand for an additional $1,500. Available now, the Sonus Faber Minima Amator II high-fidelity bookshelf speakers start at $4,000 per pair.
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