The latest addition to the Heritage collection is completely made in Italy, with a solid walnut wood cabinet, which has been designed thanks to modern wood working methods that allowed Sonus faber the ability to develop a reliable floor-standing cabinet and overcome the structural limits of using solid wood.
The longer cabinet's high rigidity diffused resonance spectrum is obtained by means of solid Walnut slabs (25 mm thickness), with the baffle and back panel covered in black leather.
Great care was taken to create the cabinet’s internal volumes definition – with the cabinet divided into three separate chambers designed to increase the rigidity of the structure, minimizing resonances and shielding the crossover. The first internal chamber is the acoustic volume, optimized using software node simulators, the second is a volume filled with inert material to add stability to the cabinet and help reduce any small spurious resonances of the solid wood structure. The third contains the crossover network, visible from the back of the cabinet, isolating it from the acoustic chamber.
Sharing the design and materials of the compact Minima Amator II, the Maxima uses the same drivers as in the Electa Amator III, namely the 28 mm Damped Apex Dome tweeter with neodymium magnet and solid spruce wood acoustic labyrinth rear chamber, and the 180mm mid-woofer that features an air-dried cone membrane made of cellulose pulp and natural fibers (kapok, kenaf and others), mounted on the Sonus faber original design die-cast aluminum basket. Unveiled in the Maxima Amator, Sonus faber has added an Interactive Fusion Filtering (IFF) Crossover design that foregoes the classical first order series iteration, with non-academic transfer functions based on accelerated progressive slopes perfected by the Sonus Faber engineering team.
With this new Maxima Amator design, Sonus faber also encourages the listener to experience the essence of the brand's sound. As an Italian manufacturer of handcrafted speakers, and other high-end audio equipment, every Sonus Faber product tells a story by means of sound and materials, with an unforgettable voice that immerses listeners in a natural sound experience.
Each speaker pair is packaged with its own manual and photobook, cleaning kit, magnetic masks, fabric dust covers, protective plastic covers, 8 Spikes and 8 dice, plus 8 spikes bases and floor discs. The Maxima Amator will be available through authorized Sonus faber dealers beginning December 2020, with a suggested MSRP of $15,000 USD.