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Sonus faber Maxima Amator Floorstanding Loudspeaker

MSRP 7499 EURExt score 90%

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Product Overview

Sonus faber Maxima Amator is the first floorstanding loudspeaker in the company's Heritage collection. Unlike Electa and Minima, which pay homage to classic models released decades ago, the Maxima Amator is a completely new speaker that nevertheless shares the same design language.
Several highlights include the Port Saint Laurent marble chosen for the base of the speaker, the separate crossover cabinet section that is partly visible from the rear panel, and the wooden rear section of the tweeter that is can be seen from the rear vent à la Electa Amator III. Like the other two models, brass is also used as trim pieces, while leather is prominently featured on the fascia.
Driver-wise, the Maxima and the Electa are alike. The tweeter features Sonus faber's DAD, Damped Apex Dome, technology, while the mid-woofer is a paper cone with die-cast aluminum basket.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Beautiful two-way floorstanding enclosure
  • Sleek, elegant design
  • Beautiful IFF crossover system
Cons
  • Nothing in particular

What external reviewers found***

Ext 90% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Superb build quality
  • Gorgeous, detailed sound
  • Solid build and finish
Cons
  • Expensive for what it offers
  • Bass could be boomy if placed close to a wall
  • No tube amplification
  • Not the one-stop solution for rockers
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Construction

Colors
Walnut
Drivers | Tweeter
1x 28mm XTR-04 DAD driver
Drivers | Woofer
1x 180mm MW18XTR-04 driver
Form Factor
Floorstanding loudspeaker
Loudspeaker Type
2-way, bass-reflex

Dimensions

Size | Depth
350 mm / 13.8"
Size | Height
1120 mm / 44.1"
Size | Width
300 mm / 11.8"
Weight
38 kg / 83.7 lbs

Function

Crossover
2100Hz

Performance

Frequency Response
35Hz ~ 35kHz
Impedance
4 ohms
Power Input
25-125 W
Sensitivity
88 dB

Production

Debut
2021
Made In
Italy (Hand Made)

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External Reviews

parttimeaudiophile[1]

Sentiment Score 92%
Reviewers from parttimeaudiophile have found the following***:
Despite their diminutive two-way tower, the Amators had a confident sense of scope. They could deliver a giant soundstage with deep, satisfying bass in a rather large room. The Amators also excelled at soundstage width, something I don't usually obsess over. There’s an organic wholeness to the sound.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Deep, satisfying bass
  • Solid wood enclosure
  • Excellent build quality
Cons
  • Bass could be boomy if placed close to a wall

hifinews[2]

Sentiment Score 90%
Reviewers from hifinews have found the following***:
Maxima Amators are elegant, class-styled loudspeakers for equally refined, classically-themed recordings. Think of them as compact standmounts built into a floorstanding frame and you will not go far wrong. They do sound as gorgeous as they look, provided you realise the limits of what is essentially a standmount design writ large.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous, refined sound
  • Superb build quality
Cons
  • Not the one-stop solution for rockers

theear[3]

Sentiment Score 89%
Reviewers from theear have found the following***:
The Maxima Amator is a third order, 18dB/octave type which reduces the overlap between drivers. Its components are visible to all through a clear window in the back of the cabinet which is a first. The drive units consist of a 28mm tweeter with a damped apex dome, neodymium magnet system and a rear chamber made from solid spruce wood.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous, detailed sound
  • Impressive build quality
  • Solid build and finish
Cons
  • Expensive for what it offers
  • No tube amplification

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Sonus faber Maxima Amator Loudspeakers | REVIEW. [parttimeaudiophile]. https://parttimeaudiophile.com/2021/03/28/sonus-faber-maxima-amator-loudspeakers-review/. 2021-03-28. Retrieved 2021-07-12.
2. ^ Sonus faber Maxima Amator Loudspeaker. [hifinews]. https://www.hifinews.com/content/sonus-faber-maxima-amator-loudspeaker. 2021-05-24. Retrieved 2021-09-21.
3. ^ Sonus faber Maxima Amator. [theear]. https://www.the-ear.net//review-hardware/sonus-faber-maxima-amator-floorstanding-loudspeakers. 2021-03-29. Retrieved 2021-07-12.

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