Italian high-end loudspeaker manufacturer Sonus faber took the opportunity afforded by the Rocky Mountain Audio Fair to show its new Sonus faber Electa Amator III to audiophiles for the first time.

Developed to commemorate the company’s 35th anniversary, which took place earlier this year, the Electa Amator III is a small (375×235×360mm), two-way bass-reflex stand-mount design that features a newly-developed 180mm-diameter bass/midrange driver (MW18XTR-04) that has a real-time air-dried cone that’s made with a blend of traditional cellulose pulp, kapok, kenaf and other natural fibres. This driver is crossed at 2.5kHz via a first-order crossover network fitted with Clarity Cap polypropylene bipolar capacitors and low resistance Jantzen inductors to a 28mm diameter silk dome tweeter with what Sonus faber calls a ‘damped apex dome’ (DAD).

The bass reflex cabinet is typically Sonus faber, with a triple-layer constrained sandwich construction using sheets of solid walnut and a base made of 30mm-thick Carrara marble with a brass sheet between it and the cabinet. Both the front baffle and the rear panel are covered in black leather.

Sonus faber specifies the frequency range of the Electa Amator III as being ‘40Hz to 25kHz’, the sensitivity at 88dBSPL (2.83V/1m) and the nominal impedance as 4Ω.

The Australian retail price of the Sonus faber Electa Amator IIIs, which includes a pair of black anodized aluminium stands, filled with damping material and mounted on a Carrara marble base, is $16,995 per pair.

For more information, call Australia's Sonus faber distributor, Synergy Audio Visual