Con­sider the LiL­ium

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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

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