Sonus Faber Principia In The Test

An American subwoofer an Italian team of five surround specialists to help the needed breakthrough. Is the appearance of the Sonus Faber Principia with the Velodyne woofer really film ready?

Sonus Faber Principia In The Test
Sonus Faber – a name that some explanation in the field of home cinema, but providing a light in the eyes in dedicated high end audio circles. The mark Vicenza maintained not only Italy right in the design of the loudspeakers. The detailed manufacturer created sound sculptures with the secondary virtues of a musical instrument. Its unparalleled craftsmanship and the virtuoso use of elaborately processed natural woods made. Also vinyl and leather graced the surface of these gems.This ensured that those arguments, which fulfilled a select few with pride of ownership, prevented the breakthrough in the mass market: the most boxes reached the price of a piano, some of the a wing locker-what pretty is just in the area of multi channel in the money.

Get Out Of The Suit

The solution of the Italian corresponds to in the film about the following analogy: James Bond pushes his made-to-measure Tom Ford suit and fought the opponents in the sport dress made of nylon. Inconceivable?Sonus Faber adopted the New Principia series by the posh housing and sends the speakers just as affordable as easy-slide veneers in the race.Thus, our set-lack of own alternatives from a Velodyne sub cost about 700 euros remains supported – in the context of the class of 3000-euro.This is a super bargain for Sonus Kowledge. The Italian 5.0 set for only 2200 euro are to fork out.
After all, it is apparent on first glance that you otherwise how convince thoughtful Italians only to the stinginess with appearances by a Milan catwalk settled on a perfect outfit. The chassis correspond to the tradition of the House. They have been specially developed for this series and are due to the silvery coating of polypropylene-Koni very futuristic.That put on silk dome tweeter, spans the arch to the other series of the manufacturer. As well, the tendency to come out with as few ways: four out of five models in the Principia series are 2-way designs. We chose the larger of the two boxes of shelf, the Principa 3, as well as the smaller of the two pillars of the stand it beside the Center Principia C. In contrast to the 3-way top model Principia 7 If you alike to a 2-way bass reflex speaker.The Center also relies on the principle of 2 ways, but with a passive radiator for the bass.
His two mid-woofer have a diameter of 15 cm and passed already at 2 kHz on the tweeter. The same Assembly can be found in the front speakers Principia 5, which, however, take a different filter strategy. Here the two parallel mid-woofer only at 2500 Hz for the tweeter, which this reduces towards the Center in the area, in which he must make the most stroke, passed.

A Matter Of Timing

The Principia 3 carries an 18-cm mid-woofer, that has a stately impeller in its timing optimized slanted baffle. Measured in the laboratory 96 dB maximum level go for a so compact shelf box completely OK – especially if you the low THD in the calculus pulls, the remains still largely under the limit of the measuring even at full power. The smallest Member of the Group seems to be already very well done designers. Even in the lower cutoff frequency, she beats the stand box with a 3-dB point of 54 to 67 Hz.In the frequency response, she are as a nerd, that only conditionally kHz to bundle starts by their rather large dome 8, while afford somewhat coarser Schnitzer on and beyond the axis the two team-mates.
Given such virtues and their price advantage of 650 euro 1200 euro per pair, so that everywhere, she recommends that where it’s not up to maximum level of over 100 dB, a satellite for all channels. Finally, the Principia series also in the present situation is crying out for a subwoofer and therefore does not compete as a 5.0-set. The price and the design fits the Velodyne EQ Max 8 to the Italians. And also the American bass makers can be found in the product portfolio of audio reference from Hamburg.
The 8-inch bass reflex subwoofer has a single measuring automatic, which detects during setup via a supplied microphone what arrives at the listening position. This measure promises a better interaction with the space. But the balance of room modes is possible only within certain limits and does not substitute for a careful positioning. The course search runs less dramatically through the bass reflex opening run down over a ground distance defined by the feet in the open. Very practical: Using the remote control can be faster times during playback adapted level as on the menus of your AV receiver. Types of music and even a night mode can also from the couch of presets for different retrieve.
But before we come to the crucial hearing test, a few words to the execution of the main actors of Sonus Faber. The Housing Act without frills, but clean processed and very solid substance. The front pillars include stability of a wide floor plate with spikes to decouple from the ground. The 2-way switch put on high quality air coils and foil capacitors and not to steep slope side lined with regard to small phase shifts.
In the listening test, the italo American delegation delivered a gripping and squeaky clean idea. Tonal balance and emotionalism could appreciate themselves not only with music. Even engine sounds, and by this we mean not only the Mini Cooper from the “Italian Job”, but proper sports car with a V8 engine, left no doubt that the Sonus loudspeakers from the same country as Ferrari come. Just like the cars from Maranello, the speaker from Vicenza produced goose bumps with its perfect balance between bass Foundation and the multi-faceted overtone spectrum.
And suddenly heard noises which otherwise completely obscured by the dialogues in scenes. Also the timing was top, what set shots and detonations tough in scene. Also wowed us the extremely plastic and complete atmosphere that grew the space in all directions. Surprisingly, the splendour in stereo not entirely coincided. The figure was as spatial one thought is good live recordings almost in the audience, while the focus was so precise and stable, that you first looked at running if not the Center. In the stereo through of the front speakers you had wished for but a subwoofer, because the offer was already bad dry and limited in the lower octaves. Because the Velodyne woofer brought more wealth in the game, but should you adjust it meticulously, otherwise it becomes slightly soft all down at some point themselves for home theater needs and grumpy.

Conclusion

The US woofer did his Italian Job with delight. He gets an Oscar for best supporting actor as little as the Principia 5 as best actor in stereo. That does however not detract the cinema breakthrough of the glorious six, because as international gang, they are hard to beat in their area.

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