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Behind the scenes at Sonus Faber: homegrown hi-fi at its most artisanal

Hello-fi producers can be fast to let you know of their ardour for music – that’s basically the idea of their (and our) admiration for hi-fi, in spite of everything. And it’s simple to imagine such sentiments from Sonus Faber when, upon arriving on the Italian firm’s headquarters in Arcugnano, Vicenza, we’re confronted with a constructing whose roof mimics the curvature of a violin. It’s a becoming ode to an instrument that has performed an instrumental position within the model’s four-decade historical past of speaker manufacturing.

It was 10 years after its inception that Sonus Faber created its first high-end audio system with picket, lute-shaped cupboards. The 1993 Guarneri Homage standmounter was the debutant for an ‘Homage’ assortment (named after probably the most distinguished households of Cremonese violin makers within the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries – Guarneri, Amati and Stradivari), which nonetheless boasts a few of the best audio system within the agency’s catalogue at the moment. And it could mark the beginning of a protracted and affluent journey into artisanal speaker manufacturing.

The constructing we stand in as we’re guided by way of Sonus Faber’s early historical past and examples of its first audio system is the one the corporate moved to from close by Monteviale in 2003 – and was outlined by its native architect as “a spot for music”. It’s not only a museum and workplace headquarters; it’s a working manufacturing unit the place each Sonus Faber speaker – from entry-level Lumina to flagship Reference – is assembled and, within the constructing reverse, designed.

Sonus Faber

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Sonus Faber

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With components of hi-fi speaker manufacturing more and more transferring to China (one thing Sonus Faber has exercised for the producer of its Lumina cupboards), Sonus Faber prides itself on native craftsmanship from native suppliers. The cupboards for the remainder of its ranges are manufactured by a wood-maker roughly 30km from Vicenza known as De Santi. 

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