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Sonus faber Sonetto I Bookshelf Loudspeaker

MSRP 1699 USDNEX score 84%

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Product Overview

Sonetto I is the smaller of two bookshelf loudspeakers in the Sonetto collection by Sonus faber. It features one newly-designed 150mm 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 larger bookshelf speaker, Sonetto II, 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
  • Sleek, elegant design
  • Impressive sound quality
  • Excellent build and finish
Cons
  • Nothing in particular

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 84% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Impressive build quality
  • Gorgeous, detailed midband and treble
Cons
  • Bass can be a little loose
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Specifications

Variants:
Piano Black
Walnut
White Matte

Construction

Colors
Matte White, Piano Black, Wood, Wenge
Drivers | Tweeter
1x 29mm DAD driver w/ DKM dome diaphragm
Drivers | Woofer
1x 150mm Custom diaphragm made with cellulose pulp and other natural fibers
Form Factor
Bookshelf loudspeaker
Loudspeaker Type
2-way, bass-reflex

Dimensions

Size | Depth
12 in (305 mm)
Size | Height
14 in (359 mm) / 43 in (1090 mm) w/ stand
Size | Width
9 in (219 mm)
Weight
12.1 lbs (5.5 kg)

Function

Crossover
2500Hz

Performance

Frequency Response
45Hz-25kHz
Impedance
4 ohms
Power Input
30-150W
Sensitivity
87 dB

Production

Debut
2018
Piano BlackEAN Code
8056684712014
WalnutEAN Code
8056684712021
White MatteEAN Code
8056684712038
Made In
Italy (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 2021-12-19.
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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