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Sonus faber Floorstanding Speaker Aida - Wenge

High End Floorstanding Speaker
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Sonus faber Floorstanding Speaker Aida - Wenge Details

Sonus faber Aida (Wenge): Art of a New Era

  • 3.5 way Speaker
  • Zero Vibration Transmission
  • Sound field Shaper Technology
  • The “Stealth Reflex” system
  • The ‘Tuned Mass Damper’
  • The “Z.V.T. Bow Spring” System
  • Electroacustic Project
  • “Lyra shape” design
  • Infra Woofer

The wealth of knowledge gathered through the ambitious ‘The Sonus faber’ project in terms of research and development in innovative and extraordinary technical and functional solutions has led to a new exciting project. A speaker as grandiose as an opera by Giuseppe Verdi, able to revolutionise and at the same time express, the essence of Sonus faber values. A speaker born from the heart of the Team, able to reveal to what extent Sonus Faber has evolved and yet maintaining its original spirit and combining ‘tradition’ with ‘technological innovation’.

Aida, the beauty of a new era comes from the fusion of “tradition” and “technological innovation”. A synthesis that expresses beauty. The thirty year tradition of Sonus faber is condensed in this new and extraordinary project. It is the core values of Sonus Faber that gather the fruits of labours in the progress made through Amati Futura and Guarneri Evolution. They marked important milestones and are crowned by an even deeper awareness of the roots of Sonus faber. This experience has lead them to enhance the best elements of the traditional approach, such as the knowledgeable use of natural materials for the transducer membranes, regardless of the trends and fashions of the moment, thus reinventing the pillars of Faber’s identity.

The “new material” that allows Sonus faber to exceed itself is inspired from ‘Metal and the idea to mould it’. The upper and lower “Dampshell” in Aida, which is made up of the incredible “Bow spring”, two elements obtained from the full turning of massive slabs of avional, (in the case of the “bow spring” we must also consider an advanced process of controlled bending), were designed to operate as collectors of vibrations and, thus, substantially contribute to the attainment of excellent reproduction of silence. The new “Anima Legata” was specifically designed for Aida. It consists of an “anti-vibration axis” in a non-magnetic steel alloy which binds the inner driver chambers for front-main emissions. The tension is optimised in traction, speaker by speaker, using a dynamo-meter device. The “Anima Legata” conveys the spurious oscillations towards critical nodal points where a differential frequency dual “Tuned Mass Damper” is positioned, a device used in the record high skyscrapers in the world and F1 racing cars which dissipates, by oscillating in “anti-phase” direction, the remaining micro structural resonances, thus carrying out a thermal-kinetic conversion of residual micro vibrations.

The perfect reproduction of silence cannot be obtained by just developing and devising a totally inert acoustic case: the management of the interaction between the speaker and the environment must be addressed too. This is why Aida is mechanically decoupled from the floor through the patented system “Z.V.T.”, Zero Vibration Transmission. This system is specifically optimized and implemented suspension with a hybrid system called “Bow Spring” using a folded “crossbow” in controlled flexibility and progressively yielding elastomer. It not only totally reduces the transmission of spurious vibrations into the the listening environment and blocks the adverse phenomenon such as acoustic feedback, but also allows the infra-woofer to function freely in a “ground-effect”.


Aida is a 3.5 way floor speaker with a “lyre” shaped design, divided into separate tuned chambers. It takes advantage of sound field shaper technology, a new optimised system for the decoupling of speaker/floor “Z.V.T.” (Zero Vibration Transmission) “Bow Spring”, a new dual kinetic-thermal conversion system for the removal of residual vibrations “T.M.D.” (Tuned Mass Damper) as well as para-aperiodic tuning system “Stealth Reflex”.

Aida’s system inherits its structural concept directly from “The Sonus faber”. The dual “waved” curvature typical of the shape of the “lyre” creates a geometry that substantially increases structural strength and guarantees exceptional management of the energy produced inside the acoustic chambers by the drivers. The complex damping system adopted further removes any possible final resonance: both the internal walls and the outside “wings” have dual curvature in multi-layered cross-veined okoumè plywood and are technically implemented through a decoupling system consisting of a foil in a viscous-insulating material, thus making use of the “constrained layer damping” technique to the fullest. The “acoustic environment” of each single transducer is then optimised to as close to theoretical perfection as possible: on one hand specific reinforcing structures are strategically placed within each individual acoustic space and, on the other, each one of these is insulated with different materials, from open cell thermoplastic foam to fibrous materials, similar to the felt used in pianos, selecting the most appropriate material for each specific application.

3.5 way speaker, Sound field Shaper Technology, “Zero Vibration Transmission” technology, para-aperiodic vented box “Stealth Reflex System”, staggered low frequency floorstanding loudspeaker system.

Features “Lyra shape” design, dual side curvature, special cross grained okoumè plywood, used in a double thickness constriction layer damped configuration. Sub-structural ribs are strategically placed for total rejection of spurious vibrations and standing waves control. Two “dampshelves” (from “The” experience), i.e. CNC anodized machined avional “vibration dampers” (on the top and on the bottom of the cabinet) “stiffen” the column structure reducing consistently structural micro-vibrations coming from the cabinet walls and the transducers. The “Anima legata” system is used innovatively, encompassing the 3 inner chambers of the front firing drive units. A special steel rod, a high speed mechanical interface, concentrates the remaining micro-vibrations conveying them to the dual multiple “Tuned Mass Dampers”, i.e. two differently tuned special custom devices optimized to erase micro-vibrations, by oscillating in anti-phase. A totally new floating bridge “Bow spring” suspension for vibrational interface is devised to decouple the enclosure from the floor through the Zero Vibration Transmission technology, a patent pending suspension system, which eliminates any acoustic feedback and any vibration propagation to the listening room.

Sonus faber “Arrow Point” DAD (Damped Apex Dome synthesis of the classic dome and ring transducer) 29 XTR-06. A 29 mm Sonus faber designed moving coil driver, with Sonus faber’s vibration optimized mechanical interface. The ultra dynamic linearity is given by the new Neodymium motor system. Implemented with a natural wood acoustic labyrinth rear chamber, a mechanical anti-resonator designed for this application. In order to perfectly match the high frequency performance to different listening rooms and different tastes, it is possible to adjust the SPL of the tweeter.

Sonus faber M18 XTR-08, a 180 mm neodymium magnet system ultra dynamic linearity midrange from Sonus faber. CCAW wire is used on a composite former “eddy current free” voice coil. The dynamically linear magnetic field motor incorporates triple Kellog/Goeller rings. A special custom diaphragm is designed with a real time air dried non pressed blend of traditional cellulose pulp, kapok, kenaf and other natural fibers, developed according to the most natural sound. To further inhibit any residual cone coloration we are using a transparent viscous surface damping coating. The basket is thoroughly optimized to eliminate any resonance, thanks to a high-tech dual metal (Avional and Gun Metal), CNC machined from solid billets. Combining the two different materials, Avional and Gunmetal, allows eliminating any mutual resonance. Like the tweeter, the midrange is decoupled from the main baffle board and designed synergistically with its optimized “acoustic chamber”. A special coaxial anti-compressor is used, designed to remove cavity resonances and distortions.

Sonus faber W22 XTR-12, a Sonus faber designed pair of 220 mm lightweight “sandwich” cone structure (high-tech syntactic foam core and two external surface skins of coated cellulose pulp) woofers are embebed in an acoustically amorphous “stealth reflex” chamber. Designed to blend perfectly with the special midrange and also to have absolute definition in their range: the sandwich structure with outer paper pulp skins has the same sonic character of the midrange cone. A long-throw motor system with a 2” controlled “eddy current” voice coil is implemented for high speed, performance and linearity. Special coaxial anti-compressor are used to remove cavity resonance and distortions.

Sonus faber SW32 XT-08, a 320 mm infra woofer from Sonus faber, lightweight honeycomb composite sandwich cone structure with Nanocarbon technology for a maximum rigidity and implemented it in an acoustically amorphous “stealth reflex” chamber. The unit features a very powerful long throw motor with a 3” voice coil for ultra dynamic linearity. In order to perfectly match the low-end performance to different listening rooms, it is possible to adapt the SPL of the infra woofer.

The special patented Sound field Shaper technology, a direct derivation from the “The”, allows the control of the direct/reverberant radiation ratio of the Aida. The sound field shaping module can be SPL optimized.

29 mm ultra dynamic linearity neodymium dome driver. Optimized off-axis radiation for this special application.

120 mm, paper pulp/natural fiber blend cone driver for maximum coherence with the front midrange emission.

Non-resonant design, optimized amplitude/phase response for optimal space/time performance. Designed with “Paracross topology” on the tweeter hi-pass. The impedance at low frequencies is controlled for a clear and friendly amplifier performance. Features Triple staggered transfer function low frequency/room interface optimized filter. Highest quality components are used: Mundorf “Supreme” Silver/Gold/Oil capacitors, Jantzen inductors. Cross-over: 55Hz - 180 Hz - 250 Hz - 3000Hz.

Additional Information

Name Sonus faber Floorstanding Speaker Aida - Wenge
Sub Title High End Floorstanding Speaker
Manufacturer Sonus faber
Manufacturer Part# AIDA MY17 WE*1

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    “3 and 2/3” way, Sound field Shaper technology, “Zero Vibration Transmission™” technology, para-aperiodic vented box “Stealth Ultraflex System™” and staggered low frequency floor standing loudspeaker system

    • Tw: H28 XTR-04 DAD Arrow Point, Ø 28 mm
    • Md: M18 XTR-04 Neodymium Magnet System, Ø 180 mm
    • W: 2 x W22XTR-12 Fe Magnet System, Ø 220 mm
    • Sw: SW32XTR-08 Long Throw, Fe Magnet System, Ø 320 mm

    • Tw: 29XTR2 DAD Arrow Point, Ø 29 mm
    • Md: 2 x M8XTR, Ø 80 mm

    55Hz - 150Hz - 200Hz – 3000Hz

    18 Hz – 35.000 Hz, Stealth Ultraflex™ included

    92 db SPL (2.83V/1 m)

    4 ohm

    100W – 1KW, without clipping

    1725 x 482 x 780 mm / 68 x 19 x 31 in

    165 Kg ea – net weight
    363 lb ea – net weight