Sonus faber’s Ama­tor III

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Ital­ian high-end loud­speaker man­u­fac­turer Sonus faber took the op­por­tu­nity af­forded by the Rocky Moun­tain Au­dio Fair to show its new Sonus faber Electa Ama­tor III to au­dio­philes for the first time.

De­vel­oped to com­mem­o­rate the com­pany’s 35th an­niver­sary, which took place ear­lier this year, the Electa Ama­tor III is a small (375 × 235 × 360mm) two-way bass-re­flex stand-mount de­sign that fea­tures a newly-de­vel­oped 180mm-di­am­e­ter bass/midrange driver (MW18XTR-04) that has a real-time air-dried cone that’s made with a blend of tra­di­tional cel­lu­lose pulp, kapok, ke­naf and other nat­u­ral fi­bres. This driver is crossed at 2.5kHz via a first-or­der crossover net­work fit­ted with Clar­ity Cap polypropy­lene bipo­lar ca­pac­i­tors and low re­sis­tance Jantzen in­duc­tors to a 28mm di­am­e­ter silk dome tweeter with what Sonus faber calls a ‘damped apex dome’ (DAD).

The bass re­flex cab­i­net is typ­i­cally Sonus faber, with a triple-layer con­strained sand­wich con­struc­tion us­ing sheets of solid wal­nut and a base made of 30mm-thick Car­rara mar­ble with a brass sheet be­tween it and the cab­i­net. Both the front baf­fle and the rear panel are cov­ered in black leather.

Sonus faber spec­i­fies the fre­quency range of the Electa Ama­tor III as be­ing ‘40Hz to 25kHz’, the sen­si­tiv­ity at 88dBSPL (2.83V/1m) and the nom­i­nal im­ped­ance as 4Ω.

The Aus­tralian retail price of the Sonus faber Electa Ama­tor IIIs, which in­cludes a pair of black an­odized alu­minium stands, filled with damp­ing ma­te­rial and mounted on a Car­rara mar­ble base, is $16,995 per pair .... For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Aus­tralia’s Sonus faber dis­trib­u­tor, Syn­ergy Au­dio Vis­ual: www.syn­er­gyau­

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