SONUS FABER AIDA
Aida was born from the heat of the sonus faber team in desire to revolutionize and express the essence in which sonus faber values. Aida demonstrates evolved technological innovation while keeping a traditional approach. The naturalistic approach of sonus faber is rooted in their identity. Aida features a stealth reflex system, which allows for reduction in the dimensions of the acoustic volumes, while providing greater extension in low frequency response, with stronger control of distortion and the elimination of wind noises. The tuned mass damper is made of a non magnetic steel allow which works as an anti-vibration axis. This same device is used in record high skyscrapers of the world and formula 1 racing cars. Through the tuned mass damper sonus faber has discovered how to carry out a thermal-kinetic conversion of residual micro vibrations. The zero vibration transmission bow spring system of the sonus faber aida reduces the transmission of vibrations within the listening environment, smoothing out the acoustic feedback.
SYSTEM: 3.5 way, Sound field Shaper Technology, “Zero Vibration Transmission” technology, para-aperiodic vented box “Stealth Reflex System”, staggered low frequency floorstanding loudspeaker system.
CABINET: Lyra shape design, dual side curvature, special cross grained okoumè plywood, used in a double thickness constriction layer damped configuration. Sub–structural ribs strategically placed for rejection of spurious vibration and standing waves. Two “damp-shelves” CNC anodized machined avional aluminum vibration dampers stiffen the column structure reducing structural micro-vibrations. The “Anima legata” system encompassing the 3 inner chambers of the front firing drive units. A special high speed mechanical interface, concentrates the remaining micro-vibrations conveying them to the dual multiple Tuned Mass Dampers, i.e. two differently tuned special custom devices optimized to erase micro-vibrations, by oscillating in ‘anti-phase’. Proprietary floating bridge “Bow spring” suspension for vibrational interface devised to decouple the enclosure from the floor through the Zero Vibration Transmission technology, a patent pending suspension system, eliminating any acoustic feedback and any vibration propagation to the listening environment.
TWEETER: Sonus faber “Arrow Point” DAD (Damped Apex Dome, synthesis of the classic dome and ring transducer) 29 XTR-06. A Sonus faber designed 29 mm moving coil driver, with Sonus faber’s vibration optimized mechanical interface. Ultra dynamic linearity Neodymium motor system. Implemented with a natural wood acoustic labyrinth rear chamber, a mechanical anti-resonator designed for this application. To perfectly match the high frequency performance to different listening rooms and different tastes it is possible to adjust the SPL of the tweeter.
MIDRANGE: Sonus faber M18 XTR-08. A Sonus faber designed 180 mm neodymium magnet system ultra dynamic linearity midrange. CCAW wire is used on a composite former voice coil free of Eddy currents. The dynamically linear magnetic field motor incorporates triple Kellog/Goeller rings. A special custom diaphragm is made with a real time air dried non pressed blend of traditional cellulose pulp, kapok, kenaf and other natural fibers, developed according to the most natural sound. To further inhibit any residual cone coloration, a transparent viscous surface damping coating is implemented. The basket is thoroughly optimized to eliminate any resonance, thanks to a high-tech dual metal (Avional and Gun Metal), CNC machined from solid billets. The combination of different materials, offsets any mutual resonance. As with the tweeter, the midrange is decoupled from the main baffle board and designed synergistically with an optimized “acoustic chamber”. A special coaxial anti-compressor is used, designed to remove cavity resonance and distortion.
WOOFERS: Sonus faber W22 XTR-12. A pair of Sonus faber designed 220 mm lightweight “sandwich” cone structure (high-tech syntactic foam core and two external surface skins of coated cellulose pulp) woofers are embedded in an acoustically amorphous “stealth reflex” chamber. Designed to blend perfectly with the special midrange and, at the same time, to have absolute definition in their range: the sandwich structure with outer paper pulp skins has the same sonic character of the midrange cone. A long-throw motor system with a 2” controlled voice coil is implemented for high speed, performance and linearity. Special coaxial anti-compressors are used, designed to remove cavity resonance and distortion.
INFRA WOOFER: Sonus faber SW32 XT-08. Sonus faber designed a 320 mm infra woofer, lightweight honeycomb composite sandwich cone structure with Nanocarbon technology for a maximum rigidity and implemented it in an acoustically amorphous “stealth reflex” chamber. The unit features a very powerful long throw motor with a 3” voice coil for ultra dynamic linearity. To perfectly match the low-end performance to different listening rooms it is possible to adjust the SPL of the infra woofer.
SOUND FIELD SHAPER: The special patented Sound field Shaper technology, allows the control of the direct/reverberant radiation ratio of the Aida. The sound field shaping module can be SPL optimized.
SOUND FIELD SHAPER TWEETER: 29 mm ultra dynamic linearity neodymium dome driver. Optimized off-axis radiation for this special application.
SOUND FIELD SHAPER MIDRANGE: 120 mm, paper pulp/natural fiber blend cone driver for maximum coherence with the front midrange emission.
CROSS-OVER: Non-resonant design, optimized amplitude/phase response for optimal space/time performance. “Paracross topology” on the tweeter hi-pass. Low frequency impendance is optimaized for the use of a wide range of amplifiers. Triple staggered transfer function low frequency/room interface optimized filter. Highest quality components: Mundorf “Supreme” Silver/Gold/Oil capacitors, Jantzen inductors. Cross-over: 55Hz - 180 Hz - 250 Hz - 3000Hz.
FREQUENCY RESPONSE: 20 Hz – 35.000 Hz, Stealth reflex included.
SENSITIVITY: 92 db SPL (2.83V/1 m).
NOMINAL IMPEDANCE: 4 ohm.
POWER HANDLING: 100W – 1KW, without clipping.
DIMENSIONS: 172.5cm x 48.2cm x 78cm (HxWxD).
WEIGHT: 728 lbs per pair – net weight 1,605 lbs per pair - est. shipping weight
US MSRP: $120,000.00 (pr).
If you are interested in this product, have questions, or want to schedule an audition, please call 1-714-630-4100.