“…a theatre in the ancient model, but in small
proportions and indescribably beautiful…”.
1786 – Italian Journey – Goethe
Teatro Olimpico Vicenza
One of the greatest works of Master architect Andrea Palladio, and created before his death as a perennial gift to Vicenza, Teatro Olimpico further enriches the city with another precious gem and a universal example of beauty and ingenuity.
The theater represents the pinnacles of harmonious design, proportions, and sensitivity; a search for beauty, wonder, exquisite materials and emotions. It is a temple of geometric perfection in the voice of music, a vessel in which sound seamlessly expands as an exemplary reference model of acoustic enhancement.
Sonus faber is also borne of this same fertile ground. From its very beginnings, the teachings and history of the region have been infused with the fundamental principles applied to the musical instruments created by Sonus faber; products which resonate with the harmony of the city and art that inspired them.
In recognition of the monumental legacy of Andrea Palladio, Sonus faber has created the Sonus faber Olympica, a sincere homage to Andrea Palladio and the Teatro Olimpico.
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 will occur in two phases. The first three models, Olympica I (2-way bookshelf), Olympica II (3-way floor-standing) and Olympica III (3-way floor- standing), will be presented to the world at the prestigious trade show Munich High End 2013 from 9 – 12 May. The remaining models will make their premier at the end of the summer.
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 Sonus faber Olympica range continues the tradition of exquisite materials and design in combination with excellent performance and craftsmanship. The entire Sonus faber Olympica line is produced in Italy.
The models of the Sonus faber Olympica line are entirely new. For their creation, the Sonus faber design studios began from a clean slate.
No component, element or design has been borrowed from previous models. Rather, cumulative experience and technology have been used to build innovative new cabinet structures and driver components.
Characterized by the use of natural walnut wood, the top and bottom plates are solid walnut. All joints are clear maple wood in the walnut finish, and the more traditional black maple in the graphite finish.
The form is a synthesis of the experience gained from the flagship Aida and the classic lyre form. The important difference lies in the asymmetry of the cabinet, introduced here for the first time by Sonus faber. This asymmetry has true purpose: first, it further reduces internal resonances by removing all parallel surfaces. Second, it accommodates the new bass reflex system.
The top is covered in natural leather (with feature stitching and a hot-branded Sonus faber logo) and a beveled aluminum ring. The front baffle is covered in natural leather with no visible screws, and the back is also covered in leather with sunken serial number tags and connection terminals below. Lastly, the new side reflex port lies vertically at the back of the speaker. It is covered with a perforated metal grille.
For the bookshelf model, a special anodized aluminum stand (derived from the Guarneri model) allows the speaker to be positioned at the correct inclination and, just like the floor models, is equipped with adjustable stainless steel feet to ensure stability and durability.
Driver, Crossover and Bass Reflex
All Sonus faber Olympica models employ new drivers that have been designed entirely by Sonus faber engineering, including new die-cast baskets that combine rigidity with an ability to remain acoustically transparent.
For the diaphragms, as is usual, the use of natural materials such as silk dome for the tweeter and cellulose mixtures for the midrange and woofer prevail. In detail: 29mm dome Tweeter containing DAD technology and neodymium magnet, derived from the development of Aida; 150 mm Midrange with a cone made of a proprietary mixture of cellulose, kapok and kenaf; 180mm Woofer with a cone constructed from a sandwich of cellulose pulp membrane and rigid syntactic foam.
The Crossover is the result of detailed computer research and careful tuning by ear. It is comprised of components selected from the finest international producers.
The Bass Reflex system is the innovative soul of this project, and is designed in particular to ensure speed in the articulation and extension of low frequencies. It is a sophisticated approach to Bass Reflex design starting from concepts in aerodynamic management of laminar flow as expressed by Onken and Jensen during the golden age of High Fidelity.
These concepts, further evolved by Sonus faber, introduce elements that are profoundly innovative, such as the Stealth Reflex system.
Invented by Sonus faber and currently implemented in the models The Sonus faber and Aida, the hyperbolic shape of the duct has led to the ‘duck tail geometry’ of the speaker.
Lateral flow ports and the aerodynamic antiturbulence control of airflow in the exit duct through a stainless steel foil are managed by precise holes defined from research in the aeronautic field. Overall, this reflex system with its vertical and lateral laminar output, provides the advantage of allowing you to decide whether to place the speakers with the reflex output pointing in or out, depending on room acoustics or personal taste.