Small box big: the Guarneri memento (10000 euros the pair) Sonus Faber is one of the most beautiful and fascinating speakers of our time.
- Speaker Sonus Faber Guarneri memento
- Data sheet
The beautiful transducer made of Vicenza are a feature anyway: because the makers of Sonus Faber has always been as a tool understood their speakers and make at least their top-series from selected Woods. The Sonus Faber Elipsa and her big sister Stradivari belong unquestionably to the most beautiful, giving the State boxing genre. But the compact speaker of Italian, above all the new Guarneri memento for 10_000 euro, are still a bit more special.
The first Guarneri was formed in 1993, then still with tweeter and woofers from Dynaudio and a highly ambitious pulse optimized and rare parallel switch (not before, but parallel to the tweeter sits the condenser) fitted. Thus although captivatingly beautiful sounded the Guarneri of that time, was very quiet and highly demanding with regard to the connected amplifier – a real diva.
It committed more than ever the good sound at Sonus Faber: the “large” (and very expensive) high-frequency ring spots from scan speak, as well as a 6-inch low from the top supplier of audio technology belong to the best of the free speaker market will bear (more sold Dynaudio has long been no single chassis). Small note on the edge: Ejvind Skaaning, the head of audio technology, had once Dynaudio having founded. In the noble 6-incher some Dynaudio is found also in the new Guarneri…
The parameters of complex audio technology music can adapt precisely to the small body of the Guarneri. Probably also why that girl in the bass range up to respectable 47 Hertz (-3 DB) down. The crossover of the Guarneri memento is as built up 6 decibels filter as usual. But unlike the great Guarneri the components as in 99 percent of all speakers in a series of “before” and not parallel to the two drivers.
In principle, the Italians with the – of course superb fitted and wired with pure silver – crossover correct as little as possible. They have not; the amplitude of the high – and the music are exemplary linear. Only between 500 and 1000 Hertz is a small increase in the frequency response – which could be but wanted, he but mostly for more freshness and clarity of speech.
Thanks to the new driver and the popular crossover concept, the new Guarneri behaves not as indivisible as the old. Their nominal impedance slips never below 4 ohms, and their efficiency is still part of the normal with 82.5 decibels. “People want today simple solutions,” explained Cesare Bevilacqua, CEO of Sonus Faber, at a stereoplay’svisit.
It may not mean however the housing. The beautiful furniture in diamond shape consists of no fewer than 21 (!) Wood parts. The solid Maple boards for the side walls be stored over a year before losing the rest over low heat in oven to moisture. Then they are glued and painted in an elaborate process seven high-gloss (colours: Red Violin and graphite). Sonus Faber you know much about the condition and the acoustic behavior of different Woods. “This is all made in Italy,” assured Cesare: “nowhere else there is a deep knowledge of the instrument-making like this.”
Now apply the Guarneri memento as a compact box, but is in reality column Holy: the heavy and specifically tailored to the Guarneri base is an essential part of the concept and accordingly in the set or in the price included. Why then does not equal a status box? “Because the homogeneity and spatial imaging of a compact with a large box cannot be achieved,” Bevilacqua says, “even if the dynamics in small speakers is naturally limited.”
The man knows his Guarneri. Because that the lovely Italinerin very quickly made it clear: for level messy beyond the high volume it is not to have – the distortions grow audibly.
In return it offers sensational low bass for this size (the stand is not part of the case). When Terje Rypdals E-bass load-side listening test classic “Kompet gar” in any case, there was only incredulous amazement the testers: A such Foundation, solid, gripping and the room pulling up so far that has compact speaker absolute rarity value.
But even more impressive was this quasi holographic illustration. Pepe Romero grandiose “Flamenco” (please in the K2-mastering version) staged the Guarnerni like a precisely coordinated Fireworks. Each sound of his guitar, each snapping each foot stamping of the dancer had force, a clear outline and the right position – in height as in depth. The Sonus creates what one always wishes as a Hi-Fi fan: a properly stable Three-Dimensionality. And it makes them – especially in the midrange tweeter – fantastic loose and open. If you ever wanted to cavil something, then the votes appear to be less colored than usual left the somewhat low liveliness in the lower mids,.
Be not silent but also should be that the Guarneri their spells in the room only after meticulous set-up work (close on the back wall, slightly bent a) and on the right electronics (overwhelming with the Linn Majik components) ignited. But who cares and has only low level claims, gets one of the most eventful and beautiful sound transducer which are currently with the noble Guarneri memento.
Sonus Faber Guarneri memento
Technical data and test results
|Installation tip:||20 to 30 cm to the rear wall. For rooms 25 square meters up to|
|Operating voltage for 90 dB SPL||4.7 V|
|Impedance minimum stp||4.2 ohm|
|Maximum volume upper value||99 dB|
|Maximum volume lower value (> 45 Hz)||99 dB|
|Lower cut-off frequency (-3dB)||47 Hz|
|Lower cut-off frequency (-6 dB)||40 Hz|
|Short conclusion||Beautifully processed, wonderfully fine-sounding compact speaker that but must be on the Guarneri stand. Hard to beat in small spaces.|
|Sound||Absolute top class|
|Sound points (70 points)||57|
|Overall rating (max. 120 points)||well over 120|
|Price / performance||good – very good|
|tested in output||2 / 09|