Sonus faber has designed and handcrafted some of the most renowned speakers for almost forty years. We love the rich sound they produce and the beautiful cabinetry work, sure to enhance any room.
The Guarneri Tradition is best described as “everyday luxury” because they represent all that and more. This collection is one of the most iconic bookshelf speakers Sonus faber creates. It was introduced in 1994 and is now enjoying its fourth update offering improved structure and technology.
Sonus faber is an Italian manufacturer of handcrafted speakers, headphones, and other high-end audio equipment based in Arcugnano, Veneto, Italy. The company was founded in 1983 by Franco Serblin. Sonus faber is one of several audio brands owned by McIntosh Group, which also owns McIntosh, Sumiko, and Fine Sounds.
Old World Craftmanship
The system is a two-way, reflex-loaded, stand-mount speaker utilizing a two-way full para-aperiodic vented box along with their “Stealth Ultraflex System” and “Zero Transmission” technology. The drive units are a 28mm (1.1″) dampened apex silk-dome tweeter and a 150mm (5.9″) sandwich-cone mid/bass driver. These provide a frequency range of 40Hz-35kHz (4 ohms impedance).
“These are hand made in Italy, and in no way have they had corners cut. These are crafted like a fine instrument and are the best constructed Sonus Faber’s I have ever seen.” – from an online review
The speaker cabinets closely resemble an 18th-century violin shape. The curves of the sides change and double, producing larger volumes, especially on the back, and making better control of the internal resonances possible. Notice the brushed aluminum, which enhances the line, along with the “Sf” logo, silk-screened on glass.
The visible back panel is extruded aluminum, part of the Sonus faber trademarked Stealth UltraflexTM system. This design acts as a vent favoring airflow through the duct while controlling its speed and reducing turbulence and distortion.
The new Wengè finish includes maple inlays for a unique aesthetic appearance. The exterior combines Titanium finished brushed aluminum and coffee-colored leather. It is visually one of the most stunning visual aesthetics on any speaker. A rich red finish is also available.
The Guarneri Tradition stand is a Carbon Fiber monocoque construction with an iconic curved outline. Due to collaborating with Pagani Automobili, this approach results in a much lighter and acoustically transparent sound than its predecessor and ensures maximum structural strength. In addition, to reduce resonance to a minimum level, the hollow interior of the stand has been treated acoustically and filled with amorphous material.
Compared to previous speaker stand designs, these are sleek, sophisticated, lighter weight, and almost minimalistic.