Art of a New Era.
The wealth of knowledge gained through the research and development of the the ambitious ‘The Sonus faber’ project was instrumental in allowing us to utilize innovative and extraordinary new techniques and functional solutions in the design of the Aida. A speaker as grandiose as an opera by Giuseppe Verdi, able to revolutionize and yet express the core virtues of its creator. A speaker born from the heart of the Team, able to reveal how much Sonus faber is evolving and yet maintaining its original spirit, combining tradition with technological innovation.
From the fusion of tradition and
technological innovation comes
the beauty of a new era.
THE “STEALTH REFLEX” SYSTEM
“The “Stealth Reflex” system, derived from “The Sonus faber”, is an innovative and patented “para-aperiodic” interpretation of the tuned load. Besides allowing for reduction in the dimensions of the acoustic volume, it provides greater extension in low frequency response and dramatic reduction in distortion. It also #eliminates spurious wind noises, typical of traditional reflex systems, substantially contributing to the correct reproduction of silence.”
THE ‘TUNED MASS DAMPER’
Taking inspiration from resonance control systems in Formula One racing, cutting edge research in the control of cabinet resonance has led us to a bold new approach.The upper and lower “Dampshell” in Aida, are milled from massive slabs of avional aluminum. They act to dampen any spurious vibration in the tuned wooden #chamber while maintaining the advantageous properties of wood. Similarly, each of the internal driver chambers is structurally grounded to a non-magnetic steel alloy rod we call the ‘Anima Legata’. This vertically oriented device is bound to a pair of tuned mass dampers at critical nodal points which are painstakingly tuned #to optimal tension for the maximum thermal-kinetic conversion of residual micro vibrations. Not unlike systems used in highly sophisticated racing and recent skyscraper projects, the Tuned Mass Damper system used in the Aida dissipates structural resonance with unmatched efficiency.
THE “Z.V.T. BOW SPRING” SYSTEM
The perfect reproduction of silence cannot be obtained by solely developing and devising a totally inert acoustic case, the management of the interaction between the speaker and the environment must be addressed as well. This is why Aida is mechanically decoupled from the floor with a hybrid of the patented Z.V.T. Zero Vibration #Transmission system and our new Bow Spring® suspension technology which uses a folded “crossbow” in controlled flexibility and progressively yielding elastomer as the base of the speaker. This system not only totally reduces the transmission of spurious vibration into the the listening environment and prevents#adverse phenomenon such as acoustic feedback, but also elevates the entire cabinet allowing the infra-woofer to function freely in a “ground-effect” with optimal propagation and dispersion of low frequency emissions.
Sound Field Shaper
Aida is capable of reproducing music with the immense scale of a full orchestra with heart-pounding immersion, without losing the spatial coherence to float a single voice in the middle of your room with hair-raising realism. To help achieve these feats in a range of listening environments, we implemented the rear-facing tweeter#and midrange array known as the Sound Field Shaper. This attenuated driver array allows for calibration of the ambient response of your room, ensuring that regardless of of the reflective, dampening or diffusive qualities of your listening environment, the verisimilitude of your music is not lost.
THE ‘SILENT CASE’
Aida’s case is a complex system that inherits its structural concept directly from “The Sonus faber”. The dual “waved” curvature typical of the shape of the “lyre” creates a geometry that, compared to previous solutions, substantially increases structural strength and guarantees exceptional management of the energy#produced inside the acoustic chambers by the drivers. The complex damping system adopted further removes any possible final resonance: both the internal walls and the outside “wings” have dual curvature in multi-layered cross-veined okoumè plywood and are technically implemented through a decoupling system# consisting of a foil in a viscous-insulating material, thus making use of the “constrained layer damping” technique to the fullest. The “acoustic environment” of each single transducer is then optimised to as close to theoretical perfection as possible: on one hand specific reinforcing structures are strategically#placed within each individual acoustic space and, on the other, each one of these is insulated with different materials, from open cell thermoplastic foam to fibrous materials, similar to the felt used in pianos, selecting the most appropriate material or materials for each specific application.
THE ACOUSTIC CASE
With this simple statement we want to reiterate that the total credibility of music reproduction implies the perfect reproduction of one of its essential components: the space between one note and another, that is to say “silence”. In electro-acoustics by “silence” we mean the removal of all vibrations and spurious sounds#that can contaminate the purity of the musical message. Correct reproduction of silence should be, therefore, the final frontier for a state of the art speaker system. The best way to achieve this objective is to painstakingly focus on the design and development of the acoustic case, implementing tested solutions in order to#eliminate all vibrations and spurious noises that damage the integrity of the sound.
3.5 way, Sound field Shaper Technology, “Zero Vibration Transmission” technology, para-aperiodic vented box “Stealth Reflex System”, staggered low frequency floorstanding loudspeaker system.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
20 Hz – 35.000 Hz, Stealth reflex included.
92 db SPL (2.83V/1 m).
100W – 1KW, without clipping.
1725mm x 482mm x 780mm (HxWxD).
330 Kg per pair – net weight
550 Kg per pair - est. shipping weight
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