Consider the LiLium
Sonus faber has released a new loudspeaker, the Lilium, built around the knowledge gained through the creation of the $130,000 Aida, but retailing at a mere $89,999. The artisan quality of speaker manufacture at the Italian company is clear from the stunning orthogonal, dual enclosure cabinet which houses a 3.5-way system including a massive 260mm diameter SW26 XT-08 ‘infra woofer’ designed by Sonus faber — this uses a lightweight paper composite sandwich cone driven by a 64mm diameter voice coil and operating from its own separate enclosure, which also houses a passive radiator to use the energy from its back-radiation to augment the Lilium’s low bass response.
Higher up in the frequency range, Sonus faber uses three W18XTR-16 180mm-diameter bass drivers, which employ a lightweight sandwich cone structure formed by sealing a high-tech syntactic foam core between two external surface skins of pulped cellulose.
Midrange frequencies are handled by a single Sonus faber M18 XTR-04 180mm-diameter unit made with an air-dried unpressed blend of traditional cellulose pulp, kapok, kenaf and other natural fibres, while the tweeter is a 28mm ‘Arrow Point’ Damped Apex Dome (DAD) unit that uses a new neodymium motor system and an acoustic labyrinth rear chamber moulded from natural wood. Distributors Synergy Audio had the Lilium running at the recent Audio & AV Show, driven by green-glowing electronics from Fine Sounds Group sister company McIntosh. Nice!
More info: www.synergyaudio.com
We happened on this in Westan’s room at the show — a small hi-fi unit with conventional bass drivers and fold-out electrostatic wings. It can receive via Bluetooth, and it can run on batteries as a portable unit! It’s a bit of a sideways jump for BenQ, hitherto best known to our readers for their image projection rather than their sound. It has a weird name too — the eVolo — and will retail here for $399. More info: www.benq.com.au