The Sonetto V is the middle sized floorstanding speaker in this Sonus faber range and features all the iconic elements of the brand including natural materials, the Lute shaped cabinet and hand craftsmanship and manufacturing carefully carried out in the Sonus faber facility in Vicenza, Italy. The Sonetto V has scale aplenty and has no problems filling medium to large rooms with natural sound.
Quite possibly the Goldilocks model in the range, the Sonetto V is small enough to keep the design decision makers happy but with enough fire power to effortlessly fill medium to larger rooms with wonderfully spacious sound. A good meaty refined amplifier such as the Parasound Halo Hint 6 will get the best out of these magnificent speakers and a stomping yet musical subwoofer like the REL S3 will give you even more scale and dynamic impact.
Sonus faber has always found its inspiration in the highest Italian culture. With Sonetto, the history of Italian literature is used as inspiration for the new collection. The word ‘Sonetto’, or ‘Sonnet’ in English, originally meant ‘Sound’ or ‘Melody,’ and was traditionally used to accompany musical performances. Sonus faber’s new Sonetto collection seeks to marry these traditional forms of sound and poetry within the framework of their acclaimed speaker design.
Elegant & Discreet
All the speakers in the Sonus faber Sonetto collection are identified by their ease of use and their ability to be a versatile solution for any kind of environment. Sonus faber’s goal is to make the music the real protagonist. The Sonetto V is a 3-way floorstanding speaker able to energise even the largest rooms, with a rich and lively sound.
An enchanting sound that stirs the emotions and surprises the listener with its natural reproduction. The middle floor-standing Sonetto loudspeaker may just be the Goldilocks of the range. Surprisingly compelling.
Leather Top: The Sonus faber Sonetto collection’s floorstanding and bookshelf models inherit from the Olympica line the leather top, hand-sewn, soft to the touch and embellished by the hot branded Sonus faber logo.
Lute Shape: The lute shape that characterizes most of the Sonus faber models, offers a solution that ensures no internal parallel surfaces and perfect control over internal resonances.
The Voice Of Sonus faber: The combination of a silk dome tweeter with the DAD™ (Damped Apex Dome™) technology and a midrange with a special natural fibre and paper blend air dried diaphragm, defines the iconic “Voice of Sonus faber”. This configuration that characterizes the entire Sonus faber catalogue, from the Reference to the Olympica collection, is available for the first time in this price range.
Midrange: The midrange driver has been designed from scratch specifically for this collection and features a die cast basket, done completely in Sonus faber’s laboratories.
Woofers: For optimal low frequency reproduction, a special aluminium alloy diaphragm has been designed. It allows ultra-fast, tight and yet deep bass performance.
Reflex Port: The Sonetto collection’s reflex ports are all sited on the base of the speakers, except for the centre channels, to keep the design as clean as possible and at the same time make in-room placement very forgiving.
Structural Rigidity: Consistent with the most prestigious Sonus faber models, aluminium has been chosen for the solidly mounted base and floor spikes, extruded or milled from solid billets, to provide extreme rigidity.
In The News
The Sonetto V is at the perfect junction in audio. It draws more than you might think from the Olympica loudspeakers in terms of outright sound quality but does so at a fraction of the cost of a similar Olympica speaker design, and it does all this while carving out its own elegant aesthetic and sonic performance that is extremely entertaining, especially to those who might never fully embrace the ‘live, unamplified music’ ethos of traditional high-end. Perhaps more importantly though, it shows what Sonus faber can do in creating an attainably-priced high-end loudspeaker without having to resort to building the products half a world away. Hi-Fi+ Magazine
- Design: 3-way vented box floorstanding loudspeaker
- Drive Units:
- Tweeter: 29mm High Definition DAD™ driver, DKM dome diaphragm
- Midrange: 150mm custom diaphragm made with cellulose pulp and other natural fibres
- Woofers: 2 x 180mm ultra-free compression basket, aluminium cones for maximum speed
- Crossovers: 235Hz & 3,000Hz
- Frequency Response: 38 Hz – 25,000 Hz
- Sensitivity: 90 dB SPL (2.83 V/1m)
- Nominal Impedance: 4 Ohms
- Suggested Amplifier Power Output: 50W – 300W, without clipping
- Dimensions (WxHxD): 258 x 1072 x 409 mm
- Weight: 22.6 kg each – net weight
- Manufacturer’s Warranty: 5 Years (Covers faulty workmanship and materials, but not abuse)