Sonus Faber Introduces Its New Series of Olympica Speakers

  • Olympica II
  • Olympica II
  • Olympica III
  • Olympica III
  • Olympica I
  • Olympica I
  • Olympica I

Sonus Faber, Italy’s prominent loudspeaker manufacturer, began delivering its new Olympica line of speakers this month. The line comprises two floor-standing models and a smaller, stand-mounted/bookshelf form, all of which borrow the design approach of the company’s top-of-the-line models while paying aesthetic homage to the famed Italian architect Andrea Palladio and his Teatro Olimpica in Venice.

Like Sonus Faber’s flagship $120,000-per-pair Aida speakers, the models in the Olympica line feature a lyre-shaped cabinet that eliminates parallel surfaces to minimize resonance and encourages airflow to optimize the speakers’ acoustic response in a variety of listening environments. The cabinets of the Olympica speakers are made from walnut and are available with either a natural-wood or a graphite-black finish. All three speakers have a 4-ohm nominal impedance, with a sensitivity rating of 90 dB or less. The Olympica III, the largest of the three Olympica models released to date, stands just over 3.5 feet tall and features dual 7-inch woofers plus a 5.9-inch midrange driver and 1.1-inch dome tweeter decoupled from the cabinet, all in a linear array.

The Olympica III is $13,500 per pair; the smaller floor-standing Olympica II is $10,000 per pair; and the bookshelf Olympica I is $6,500 per pair, plus $1,200 for the optional stands. By the end of the year, Sonus Faber plans to start shipping a center-channel Olympica model and the line’s flagship Olympica IV. (www.sonusfaber.com; available in the United States through Sumiko Audio, www.sumikoaudio.net)

From Around the Web...
If you aren’t seeing the game on one of these 4K TVs, you still have time to run out and get one…
From a 1,000 hp electric supercar to viable virtual reality, these boundary-pushing innovations...
Leica's newest binoculars are a sight to behold...
Photo by Jeppe Sørensen
WHAT: A portable Bluetooth speaker that stands out from the rest WHY: Another cutting-edge design...
WHAT: Small form-factor audio device that brings big quality WHY: A smart choice if you are on the...
WHAT: Customizable dive computer WHY: What you need to surface successfully Made to withstand the...
WHAT: Reference-class, planar magnetic headphones  WHY: These truly speak volumes When you think of...
WHAT: Slender, easy-to-install soundbar and subwoofer  WHY: Makes a great TV even better The Focal...
WHAT: Sleek earbuds with unique driver architecture WHY: Tesla-driven sound As one of many of...
WHAT: GPS unit, and more WHY: It is not a good idea to completely unplug in the wild On the slopes...