At this past weekend’s Festival SON et IMAGE in Paris, Sonus faber introduced the Il Cremonese, the latest high-end loudspeaker to join the company’s prestigious Homage Collection. The Il Cremonese will be available to non-U.S. Sonus faber dealers and distributors in November 2015 and to U.S. and Canadian dealers in early 2016. SRP for the Il Cremonese is $45,000 a pair (VAT not included).
The name Il Cremonese is an homage to Antonio Stradivari and one of his most famous violins, which celebrates its 300th anniversary in 2015. First named after the original owner and known since the 18th century as Joachim, Stradivari’s violin was renamed Il Cremonese in 1961 when it was selected as the first Stradivari to return to the city of Cremona as part of the permanent collection in the Museo del Violino.
The 3-and-a-half-way Il Cremonese is characterized by a five-sided Rhomboidal diamond cabinet design, which is said to optimize the structural solidity of the wooden cabinets. Materials include lacquered walnut wood, tempered glass, leather, and brushed-black aluminum — the same materials used in the company’s Aida and Lilium speakers. Red and walnut finishes are both available for the Il Cremonese.
The Il Cremonese’s driver cones are designed entirely in-house. The tweeter is the Sonus faber Arrow Point H28 XTR-04 DAD (a.k.a. Damped Apex Dome, a synthesis of the dome and ring transducer) with a 28mm moving-coil driver, vibration-optimized mechanical interface, and neodymium motor system.
The midrange is a Sonus faber M18 XTR-04 with a 180mm neodymium magnet system, a composite former eddy current-free voice coil using CCAW wire, and a dynamically linear magnetic field motor incorporating triple Kellog/Goeller rings.
The woofers are the Sonus faber W18XTR-12 (a scaled-down version of the Lilium woofers), with a 180mm lightweight sandwich cone structure (i.e., a high-tech syntactic foam core and two external surface skins of cellulose pulp) integrated in an acoustically amorphous stealth reflex chamber. The W22XTR-16 220mm lightweight sandwich cone-structured infrawoofers are a new project from the company’s Arcugnano factory.
Specs include a Paracross topology crossover with points at 80 Hz, 250 Hz, and 2,500 Hz; frequency response of 25 Hz to 35,000 Hz; sensitivity of 92 db SPL (2.83V/1 m); nominal impedance of 4 ohms; suggested amplifier power output at 100 W to 800 W, without clipping; and long-term maximum input voltage (IEC 268-5) of 30 V rms. Dimensions are 57.07 x 15.68 x 24.5 inches (h/w/d), and weight is 184.8 pounds each.
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