Sonus faber’s Heritage Collection includes another model – the Maxima Amator two-way floor stand. Models with this design were often found in the Sonus faber collections, and the novelty is a tribute to the company’s history.
In many ways, the Maxima Amator is an oversized Minima Amator II shelf unit introduced a year earlier. The acoustics have a solid walnut casing with leather-covered front and rear panels. Sonus faber’s craftsmen are said to have been able to get rid of the negative effects of solid wood thanks to modern technology and thoughtful design. The cases are thick – up to 25 mm.
The internal volume is divided into three chambers, which also improves the rigidity of the case. One of the chambers is acoustic, optimized using sophisticated simulation algorithms, the second is filled with an inert material, which adds stability to the case, and the third contains all the electronics – it can be seen through a transparent window on the back wall.
At the base of the acoustics, walnut is complemented by brass and natural marble. The base design is taken from the Electa Amator and in turn is close to that used in Guarneri Homage and Guarneri Memento. The Maxima Amator uses Saint Laurent marble instead of the traditional white Carrara marble.
The speakers are taken from the Electa Amator III. It is a 28mm tweeter with proprietary DAD technology and a neodymium magnet, complemented by an acoustic labyrinth of solid spruce, and a 180mm midrange / woofer with a cellulose and natural fiber cone. The main difference between the model and others is in the crossover: the Maxima Amator uses the IFF (Interactive Fusion Filtering) scheme instead of the usual first-order crossover.
The description of the new item says that the sound of Maxima Amator reflects the essence of the sonic signature of Sonus faber. In addition to the instructions, each pair of speakers comes with a photo album, a care kit, fabric dust covers, plastic protective caps, eight spikes, nuts, spike stands and protective discs, as well as magnetic nets.
In the US, the model will cost $15,000 – the start of sales is scheduled for December.