Sonus Faber Olympica Nova II Floorstanding Speaker Review

Sonus faber is most likely most popular for its super very good quality Reference line, which incorporates the pined for Aida speakers ($130,000 per pair). Be that as it may, in late history, the organization has started to coordinate its endeavors all the more forcefully toward the more reasonable finish of market, beginning with the extremely effective, yet presently resigned, Venere and Chameleon lines.

Sonus Faber Olympica Nova II Floorstanding Speaker


The organization's present passage level is the Sonetto line (checked on last year), and a move forward from that point you'll find the upgraded Olympica series, presently named Olympica Nova. This series incorporates seven speakers, beginning with the Nova I shelf at $7,000 per pair, which incorporates a two-way driver arrangement with a 28mm tweeter and a 150mm cone driver. Floorstanding models start with the Nova II (the subject of this audit) which at $10,000/pair adds one 180mm woofer to the previously mentioned driver setup. The Nova III ($14,000/pair) and Nova V ($16,500/pair) add, individually, one and two more 180mm woofers far beyond the Nova II supplement, and cupboards get gradually bigger (albeit not altogether so) as you climb upwards in the line. Moreover, the series remembers two focus channels and a reduced for divider speaker for home venue purposes.

All of the Olympica Nova speakers highlight various headways acquired from their more exceptional stablemates, including cabinetry gathered utilizing eight layers of twisted wood (as in their Homage Tradition series), just as the damped zenith vault (DAD) tweeter. Consistent with the organization's legacy, the cupboards are bended and smudged, suggestive of the old style stringed instruments that roused the plan. Obviously, I would be delinquent to not specify the incorporation of the exemplary versatile string grilles that are notable to the Sonus faber brand.


Sonus Faber Olympica Nova II Floorstanding Speaker



Setting Up the Olympica Nova II


Sonus_faber_olympica-nova-ii_back.jpgAt 68.3 pounds, the Olympica Nova II is significant, yet sensible enough to fight out of the case and set up in my listening room. In dealing with the pair, the principal thing I saw was the quality and durability of their development. Exemplified by the hand-got done, normal wood front confuse to the aluminum packaging holding the bureau together that dovetails into a fanned port at the rear of the speaker. Called the Stealth Ultraflex, this many-sided port framework meshes a progression of pipes or channels into the bureau plan. Sonus faber compares them to a "ocean wave" profile. The backings were totally updated in this series, utilizing strong aluminum base plates and sitting on steel spikes for additional durability and dependability. Everything about the plan signals class and refinement, particularly the fine stiches of Italian calfskin, hand applied around the rings of the woofers. I put the speakers where I regularly have my floorstanding front both ways channels and pointed them at my listening position for best outcomes as recommended by the included manual.

Utilizing Wireworld Silver Eclipse links, I associated the speakers to my Krell Chorus 5200XD intensifier. It's the enhancer I utilize most with my reference Salk Soundscape 12 speakers, which, similar to the Sonus fabers, are likewise lower-awareness and four-ohm ostensible impedance speakers. My essential hotspot for circles and streaming the same was my Sony UBP-X1000ES 4K Blu-beam player. An Anthem AVM 60 processor gave handling and preamplification.

How Does the Olympica Nova II Sound?

Throughout the long term, I've had broad listening meetings with Sonus faber speakers at different sound shows, yet this was my first time trying out a couple in my own listening space.

How Does the Olympica Nova II Compare to the Competition?

Positively, $10,000 is no little aggregate for a couple of speakers. In any case, this price tag is inside the domain of what a regular, working class audiophile may spend, and the opposition is very firm. There additionally are various choices at lower sticker costs that convey a significant degree of execution. Sonus faber's own Sonetto series are an extraordinary model. Furthermore assuming you end up being a C-level leader in a Fortune 500 organization, or A-rundown Hollywood VIP, spending more would draw you even nearer to that ideal speaker.

In any case, at this price tag, you're probably looking for something like the Paradigm Persona 3F (checked on here). I likewise invested a few energy with its greater sibling, the Persona 5F some time back. Like the Olympica Nova II, the Persona 3F doesn't exactly catch the least registers, with low-recurrence augmentation restricted to 48Hz. Furthermore, the Persona 3F can not exactly match how smooth and regular traditional instruments, particularly stringed instruments, sound on the Sonus faber. However at that point once more, I question numerous speakers can at this price tag. The Persona 3F's Beryllium tweeters give somewhat more shimmer to the top of the line, which isn't to say it is better in such manner, however an alternate interpretation of how to introduce high-recurrence sounds. I do, nonetheless, feel the Paradigm Persona series presents a bigger, more full, more open soundstage versus the Sonus faber. What's more I view the Paradigm as somewhat more capable at film and TV sound.

Another great up-and-comer would be the Focal Kanta No. 2 speakers (checked on here). I haven't actually invested a lot of energy trying out these, yet my associate Greg Handy gives them excellent grades.

Some of you might be of the assessment that at $10,000 per pair, one may not have to forfeit low recurrence reaction for midrange and high recurrence execution. All things considered, I may suggest the Revel Performa F228Be (explored here). Like the Paradigm Persona speakers, these utilization Beryllium tweeters and will likewise shimmer at their high frequencies. Revel speakers have gained notoriety for home theater execution, assuming that is the thing that you're focusing on.

Ultimately, the Bowers and Wilkins 804 D3 speakers gloat low-recurrence augmentation down to 24Hz, so you can expect that you won't miss a lot, even without a subwoofer adding additional help.


Sonus Faber Olympica Nova II Floorstanding Speaker


Final Thoughts

There's a ton to cherish with the Sonus faber Olympica Nova II. With its nitty gritty highs and rich, full midrange, vocals and acoustic music were picture great. For two-channel music tuning in, particularly assuming your tastes incline toward old style, jazz, vocals, or other instrumentals, the Olympica Nova II is practically unmatched at this cost. Fly in a plate or burden up a document, and it's as near getting a jazz group of four or an orchestral compositions bunch trying out in your own listening room as you could expect. For home venue purposes, the Sonus faber speakers obviously more than stand their ground, in spite of the fact that they're not exactly the star entertainer in this field as they are with music.


While it is actually the case that speaker innovation presumably progresses somewhat more leisurely as contrasted and preamplifiers (simply think how much auto room alignment has progressed as of late), source gadgets, and such, speakers have been improving and better for quite a long time. Furthermore, more critically, top of the line execution keeps on streaming down-market, which is something beneficial for customers. The Sonus faber Olympica Nova II speakers address a degree of execution that 10 years prior — perhaps five — would have cost two times or threefold their asking cost. Given your listening space isn't extremely enormous, and you really do have a couple of good subwoofers to help, I don't spare a moment to suggest the Sonus faber Olympica Nova II speakers.


Extra Resources


• Visit the Sonus faber site for more item data.


• Look at our Floorstanding Speakers classification page to peruse comparative surveys.


• "Is It Live or Is It Memorex?" Sonus faber Style at HomeTheaterReview.com.

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