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Lilium

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Thirty years of Sonus faber history and expertise are contained in this new and extraordinary project: Lilium. It is the crowning achievement of a path marked with important milestones such as Aida, Amati futura and Guarneri evolution.
Building on experience, Sonus faber has enhanced the best and the most recognizable elements of the company’s traditional approach, such as the knowledgeable use of natural materials for the transducer membranes and cabinets, regardless of the trends or fashions of the moment.

Innovation is a key feature of Lilium’s soul: all the ideas and patents developed within the Sonus faber, first, and Aida later are integrated into this new, extraordinary loudspeaker system. The particular process of refinement that we subjected many of these outstanding ideas to further expresses the unceasing research towards the attainment of continued improvement. An example is the “Z.V.T.” system, implemented with the use of innovative technology; this illustrates both the growing ability of Sonus faber to propose innovative design solutions, and the ability to take advantage of increasingly more complex and extreme technical production processes.

The drive unit technology, designed and developed entirely by Sonus faber contains a total ‘no compromise’ approach in adhering to firm sound objectives, a further example of these steps taken in innovation can be found in the DAD “arrow point” tweeter, an entirely new technology, developed by research laboratories in Vicenza, and surpassing all previous levels of high frequency performance.
The Sonus faber style, represented by the combination of tradition and innovation, could not find a better expression of harmony than the beauty of Lilium shape.

Starting from the idea of the double lateral curvature, conceptualised with the Sonus faber and Aida, an expression of structural strength, Lilium features fluidity of natural lines. This is thanks to a completely new design that reinterprets the classical “lyre” outline, merging two separate identities that cooperate inside the same design.  The combination results in extraordinary grace and harmony, thanks to the organic style of the natural shapes adopted, of which the family lilium (Latin name of the lily) belongs to.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

SYSTEM
3.5 way, orthogonal non interactive dual enclosure, para-aperiodic vented box “Stealth Reflex System” on the main enclosure, passive radiator tuned and “Zero Vibration Transmission” technology on the subwoofer enclosure , modulation-free  90° and decoupled from the main one, staggered low frequency floorstanding loudspeaker system. 

CABINET  
“Lyra shape” design, progressive thickness triple curvature cabinet walls damped spread resonance spectrum system, Sub–structural ribs are strategically placed for total rejection of spurious vibrations and standing waves control. Two double “dampshelves” (from “The” experience), i.e. CNC anodized machined avional “vibration dampers” (on the top and on the bottom of each cabinet) “stiffen” the column structures reducing consistently structural micro-vibrations coming from the cabinets’ walls and the transducers.  The “Anima legata” system is used in an innovative way, encompassing the structural ribs of the subwoofer enclosure. A special steel rod, a high speed mechanical interface, concentrates the remaining micro-vibrations conveying them to the dual multiple “Tuned Mass Dampers”, i.e. two differently tuned special custom devices optimized to erase micro-vibrations, by oscillating in anti-phase. The subwoofer enclosure has been decoupled from the main enclosure through a new implementation of the Zero Vibration Transmission technology, a suspension system, eliminating any acoustic feedback and any vibration propagation to the listening room.  The radiation of the main enclosure and of the subwoofer one are orthogonal to avoid any intermodulation.

TWEETER 
Sonus faber “Arrow Point” DAD (Damped Apex Dome, synthesis of the classic dome and ring transducer) H28 XTR-04. A Sonus faber designed 28 mm moving coil driver, with Sonus faber’s vibration optimized mechanical interface. The ultra dynamic linearity is given by the new Neodymium motor system. Implemented with a natural wood acoustic labyrinth rear chamber,  a mechanical anti-resonator designed for this application. 

MIDRANGE 
Sonus faber M18 XTR-04. A Sonus faber designed 180 mm neodymium magnet system ultra dynamic linearity midrange. CCAW wire is used on a composite former “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 according to the most natural sound. To further inhibit any residual cone coloration we are using a transparent viscous surface damping coating. The same way as the tweeter, the midrange is decoupled from the main baffle board and designed synergistically with its optimized “acoustic chamber”. A special coaxial anti-compressor is used, designed to remove cavity resonances and distortions.  

WOOFERS
Sonus faber W18XTR-16. A triple of Sonus faber designed 180 mm lightweight “sandwich” cone structure (high-tech syntactic foam core and two external surface skins of cellulose pulp) woofers are integrated in an acoustically amorphous “stealth reflex” chamber. Designed to blend perfectly with the special midrange and, at the same time, to have absolute definition in their range: the sandwich structure with outer paper pulp skins has the same sonic character of the midrange cone. A powerful long stroke motor system with a 1,5” controlled “eddy current” voice coil is implemented for high speed, performance and linearity. 

INFRA WOOFER 
Sonus faber SW26 XT-08.  Sonus faber designed a 260 mm infra woofer, lightweight hard paper composite sandwich cone  technology for a maximum rigidity and implemented it in an acoustically amorphous passive radiator tuned separated enclosure. The unit features a very powerful long throw motor with a 2.5” voice coil for ultra dynamic linearity. To perfectly match the low-end performance to different listening rooms it is possible to adapt the SPL of the infra woofer.  

CROSS-OVER  
Non-resonant design, optimized amplitude/phase response for optimal space/time performance. “Paracross topology”. The impedance at low frequencies is controlled for a clear and friendly amplifier performance. Double staggered transfer function low frequency/room interface optimized filter. Highest quality is used in terms of the components: Mundorf “Supreme” Silver/Gold/Oil capacitors, Jantzen inductors. Cross-over: 80Hz - 250 Hz - 2500Hz.  

FREQUENCY RESPONSE 
20 Hz – 35.000 Hz, Stealth reflex included. 

SENSITIVITY 
92 db SPL (2.83V/1 m). 

NOMINAL IMPEDANCE 
4 ohm. 

SUGGESTED AMPLIFIER POWER OUTPUT
100W – 800W, without clipping. 

LONG-TERM MAX INPUT VOLTAGE (IEC 268-5)
30 V rms

DIMENSIONS 
1600mm x 491mm x 705mm (HxWxD). 

WEIGHT 
103 Kg each – net weight
156 kg each - shipping weight

FINISHES
Red / Walnut