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Olympica I

$6,500 USD pair - $1,200 USD (Floor Stands)

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Olympic Theatre.
It is design, planning, harmony, proportions, acoustics, sensitivity, search for beauty, wonder, expert processing of materials, emotions. One of the greatest works of the Master and chief architect Andrea Palladio created before his death as a perennial gift to Vicenza, enriching it further with another precious gem and a universal example of beauty and ingenuity. True and exemplary values that all can enjoy and make their own thanks to their glorious and radiant presence. And Sonus faber created in this beautiful and fortunate land could not but make this teaching and principles its own since its very beginning, inextricably linking them to their own history and then applying them in its Musical instruments which proudly resonate with the harmony of the city and the art that inspired them.  In acknowledgement of the unique legacy of Andrea Palladio, Sonus faber has decided to create  Sonus faber Olympica, a sincere homage to the Olympic Theatre, temple of geometric pleasure in the voice of Music, the container in which sound seamlessly expands and an accurate reference model of acoustic enhancement.

The project.
Sonus faber wanted to create a family of speakers rich in design, evocative of those visual and tactile emotions characterized by its production. Wood and leather blend with timeless craftsmanship, the final result communicating a love and passion for music. The Sonus faber Olympica project is made up of a new family of passive acoustic speakers that will add to the existing catalogue from the Vicenza factory, characterized by the use of two iconic Sonus faber materials: walnut wood and leather. The launch of the new family has occurred in two phases. The first three models, Olympica I (2-way bookshelf), Olympica II (3-way floor-standing) and Olympica III (3-way floorstanding), has been presented to the world at the prestigious trade show Munich High End 2013 from 9 - 12 May, while Olympica Center has made its premier on September 2013. With this new project, Sonus faber has been able to balance quintessential style and significant elements of technological innovation, combining modernity with the classic stylistic canons of Sonus faber. This has been possible thanks to the enormous teamwork by the R&D department, headed by Paolo Tezzon and Livio Cucuzza, as well as a significant growth in terms of manpower and resources. The new Sonus faber Olympica line also represents the desire to offer a range of models that everyone can find the right solution in terms of use (two channel or home theatre) and space (bookshelf or floor-standing in various dimensions). While guaranteeing the Sonus faber historical quality in terms of materials, careful assembling performances and of course the exclusive charm of a loudspeaker made as a musical instrument and entirely produced in Italy.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

System
2-Way bookshelf or stand mount, paralaminar stealth flow vented loudspeaker. 

Cabinet
Enhanced “Lyre shape” design, progressive thickness triple curvature cabinet walls damped spread resonance spectrum system. Solid walnut vertical clamps employed.

Tweeter
Sonus faber “Arrow Point” DAD (Damped Apex Dome), is a synthesis of the classic dome and ring Transducer 29XTR2. A Sonus faber designed 1.1” (29mm) moving coil driver. The ultra dynamic linearity is delivered by a new Neodymium motor system.

Mid-woofer
Sonus faber MW15XTR, a new Sonus faber designed 6” (150mm) ultra dynamic linearity mid-woofer is used. CCAW wire is used on a composite former with “eddy current free” voice coil. The dynamically linear magnetic field motor incorporates triple Kellog/Goeller rings. A special custom diaphragm is made with a real time air-dried, non-pressed blend of traditional cellulose pulp, kapok, kenaf and other natural fibers developed by ear according to the most natural sound. To further inhibit any residual cone coloration, we use a transparent viscous surface damping coating.

Crossover
Non-resonant “progressive slope” design with optimized amplitude/phase response for optimum space/time performance. “Paracross topology” on both the tweeter hi-pass and mid-woofer low pass. Crossover point is 2.5kHz.


Frequency Response

50 Hz – 30.000 Hz, tuning port included.

Sensitivity
87 dB SPL (2.83 V/1m).

Nominal Impedance
4 ohm.

Suggested Amplifier Power Output
40W – 150W, without clipping.

Long-Term Maximum Input Voltage (Iec-268-5)
20V rms.

Dimensions
14 x 8.8 x 14.5 in / 354 x 222 x 368 mm 

Optional Dedicated Stand
27.9 x 11.3 x 14.8 in / 708 x 287 x 376 mm 

Total Dimensions
42.1 x 11.3 17.2 in / 1068 x 287 x 435 mm

Weight (pair)
42 lbs / 19 kg - net weight 
47.4 lbs / 21.5 kg - shipping weight

Stand Weight (pair)
33 lbs / 15 kg - net weight
37.5 lbs / 17 kg - shipping weight

Finishes
Walnut or Graphite.