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Sonus faber Sonetto II Bookshelf Loudspeaker

MSRP 2299 USDExt score 85%

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Product Overview

Sonetto II is the larger of the two bookshelf loudspeakers in the Sonetto collection by Sonus faber. It features one newly-designed 165mm woofer with a special aluminum alloy diaphragm for fast, tight, and deep bass.
Drawing upon timeless Italian tradition and craftsmanship, the Sonetto series combines them with the latest technological innovation. Despite being the most affordable line by the high-end HiFi manufacturer, the Sonetto series features many iconic elements from speakers further up the Sonus faber range:
The Sonetto series employs the "Voice of Sonus faber", the iconic configuration of tweeter and midrange that features the DAD (Damped Apex Dome) tweeter technology and a woofer complete with the company's proprietary natural fiber cone, previously exclusive to Olympica, Homage, and Reference collections.
Other iconic elements of the brand include natural materials, the Lute shape, and pristine Italian hand-finished cabinets. The front baffle with curved sides is accented by gun-metal finished aluminium frames and a soft leather top. Solid aluminium is used throughout to provide solidity. Down-firing reflex ports allow for ease of placement and consistent bass output across listening environments.
Other loudspeakers in the Sonetto collection include the three floorstanders, Sonetto VIII, Sonetto V, and Sonetto III, a smaller bookshelf speaker, Sonetto I, two center channel speakers, Sonetto Center II and Sonetto Center I, and a wall-mount speaker, Sonetto Wall.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Tons of detail and insight
  • Comfortable, balanced sound
  • Deep bass and rich highs
Cons
  • Nothing in particular

What external reviewers found***

Ext 85% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Excellent tonal and dimensional clarity
  • Impressive build quality
  • Gorgeous, detailed midband and treble
  • Comfortable to use
  • Sleek, modern look and sound
Cons
  • Not as detailed as the Sonus Faber Sonetto IIs
  • Bass can be a little loose
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Piano BlackWalnutWhite Matte

Construction

ColorsMatte White, Piano Black, Wood, Wenge
Drivers | Tweeter1x 29mm DAD driver w/ DKM dome diaphragm
Drivers | Woofer1x 165mm Custom diaphragm made with cellulose pulp and other natural fibers
Loudspeaker Type2-way, bass-reflex

Dimensions

Size | Depth13 in (334 mm)
Size | Height15 in (370 mm) / 44 in (1101 mm) w/ stand
Size | Width10 in (250 mm)
Weight14.9 lbs (6.8 kg)

Function

Crossover2650Hz

Performance

Frequency Response42Hz-25kHz
Impedance4 ohms
Power Input40-200W
Sensitivity87 dB

Production

Debut2018
EAN Code805668471204580566847120528056684712069
Made InItaly (handmade)

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

parttimeaudiophile[1]

Sentiment Score 87%
Reviewers from parttimeaudiophile have found the following***:
The Fritz Carbon 7 SE speakers have long been a fixture here in the main listening area due to the fact that they sound better than good in nearly any audio setup. Compared to the Sonus Faber Sonetto IIs, the Amphion Argon 3S is something of a different beast. Both speakers fall most definitely to the warm side of neutral in an inviting sort of way.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek, modern look and sound
  • Excellent tonal and dimensional clarity
  • Comfortable to use
Cons
  • Not as detailed as the Sonus Faber Sonetto IIs

hifichoice[2]

Sentiment Score 82%
Reviewers from hifichoice have found the following***:
Placed just 20cm from the boundary wall and slightly toed-in, it has a pleasingly open sound that is inviting. It makes music with relish, celebrating what it is being asked to play rather than just serving it up to you with a decidedly disinterested look. The Police's Wrapped Around Your Finger sounds really good, yet it isn't the hi-fi aspects I most enjoy.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous, detailed midband and treble
  • Impressive build quality
Cons
  • Bass can be a little loose

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Sonus Faber Sonetto II Speakers | Review. [parttimeaudiophile]. https://parttimeaudiophile.com/2018/12/30/sonus-faber-sonetto-ii-speakers-review/. 2018-12-30. Retrieved 2021-06-21.
2. ^ Sonus faber Sonetto II. [hifichoice]. https://www.hifichoice.com/content/sonus-faber-sonetto-ii. 2019-02-04. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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