Sonus faber was born in 1983, the brainchild of Franco Serblin, a man of remarkable taste who remains the chief designer and the creative force behind the company. From modest beginnings, Sonus faber has grown to become arguably the most dominant design idiom in audio today. Look no further than any of dozens of different compact systems to see that Sonus faber’s design influence extends far beyond the borders of the high end. The name Sonus faber is derived from Latin and means "handcrafted sound," a perfectly apt description of the products.

Philosophy: Sonus fabers are based upon the three cornerstones of speaker design: (1) driver development, (2) crossover theory and (3) cabinet design.

Drivers: Sonus faber’s philosophy is very simple, it is however almost impossible to copy as a competitor because it demands so much of the designer and is inherently costly. The “sound” of a loudspeaker is in many ways the sound of the driver designs employed within. Sonus faber expends enormous amounts of time and energy developing drivers. In much the same way that, for example the heart and soul of a Ferrari is the engine, so too is the heart and soul of a Sonus faber the exquisite drivers. Development may take several years to perfect a driver design for a given application, but the end result is well worth it.

Crossover Design: The resulting superior driver allows the crossover design to be kept as simple as possible. Because most designers are either unwilling or unable to develop the drivers sufficiently, they are forced to use complicated crossovers that in effect are attempting to “fix” the original problem that began at the driver. Following Sonus faber’s approach of first fully developing a driver, the electrical dividing network of the crossover is kept brilliantly simple. Most models feature an attenuated 1st order design, the simplest and arguably most musical of all crossover types. Remember, the simpler the crossover, the more that amplifiers are allowed to do their job. Simply put, a Sonus might make your amp sound better!

Cabinet Design: No other manufacturer goes to such lengths to fuse Old World virtues with high technology. Thus, it is that an affordable speaker from Sonus faber still comprises no fewer than eight separate pieces of solid walnut, acting as sidewalls that allow for resonant tuning of the cabinet. What's that? Resonant tuning?! Aren't we supposed to eliminate all resonance? Perhaps in a perfect world, and with unlimited funds, this is a desirable goal. In the real world, the physical world, resonance of some sort must exist in things and the Sonus faber design approach acknowledges their existence and controls them in a way that benefits the music.

Benefits: Sonus faber produces hand-built speakers that combine the merits of Old World handcrafting with high technology to produce some of the most musical designs ever. Startling dynamics and bass performance are just two of the results of this approach. The discerning owner will have something of beauty that will bring lasting enjoyment for years to come.