Sonus Faber Aida
After six years from the introduction of the first grandiose Aida, Sonus Faber pushes the envelope and presents the new Aida, the brand's flagship speaker poised at the pinnacle of its product range. Don't let the familiar face fool you! The new Aida has been completely overhauled utilizing the most advanced electroacoustic developments, even if the outer appearance is relatively unaltered, with all its timeless class and elegance.
The lessons learned in the development of the first 2011 edition Aida have been totally reinterpreted and improved upon in this new speaker, which has brand new electroacoustic engineering. Starting from the system, that is 3 and 2/3 way with Stealth Ultraflex, which allows better bass extension while minimizing distortion and eliminating spurious vibration coming from the air passage inside the reflex duct. The typical lyra shape enclosure, as in the previous edition, is complemented by the Anima Legata system, the Tuned Mass Dampers and a revision of the special Bow Spring suspension, which contains the Zero Vibration Transmission system, all designed to keep both the loudspeaker and the musical environment free from unwanted resonance and vibration.
Perhaps the most radical among the new changes is the selection of all-new driver systems. The tweeter is the D.A.D. Arrow Point H28 XTR-04, first used in the Sonus Faber Lilium and also in the most recent Homage Tradition Collection. The midrange is also promoted to a M18 XTR-04 enhanced with the avional gunmetal basket, the most advanced midrange driver in the entire Sonus Faber catalogue. This new combination of tweeter and midrange creates the Voice of Sonus Faber, the iconic configuration of driver technology capable of maintaining the effortless, warm and involving timbre that has become a trademark of the Arcugnano-based company. Completing the new driver arsenal are the new specifically designed woofers - W22 XTR-12 complete with all-new powerful Neodymium magnet motors and SW32 XTR-08 infra-woofer, probably the craziest subwoofer ever designed in Sonus Faber, equipped with Nano Carbon sandwich cone and a long-throw 4'' voice coils, powered by a Neodymium magnet motor.
The new Aida is using only Neodymium powered transducers for reaching new pinnacles in terms of speed and dynamic. Inherited from The Sonus Faber cost no object project is the patented Sound Field Shaper technology - a unique system of attenuated rear-facing drivers allowing precise control of the dimensionality and perceived size of the sound-stage. This system is upgraded further utilizing the latest tweeter and midrange - Arrow Point DAD 29XTR2 and M8XTR, as well as a complete redesign of the crossover network.
At a first glance, there's no difference when comparing the new Aida to the 2011 edition. Instead, the 6 years separating the two editions are evident in some important stylistic choices: above all, the introduction of the Wenge wood finish, so indiscriminately appreciated by the high end and home decor lovers, treated according to the highest tradition of Sonus Faber, with maple wood inlay and our signature hand polishing process. Info and photos by Sonus Faber.