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The history

1980

Snail

The first pioneering project by Franco Serblin, founder of Sonus faber. A completely new concept for that time, an all-in-one system entirely made in solid wood.

1983

Parva

On March 25, 1983 Sonus faber becomes a company in its first headquarter, a small laboratory in Monteviale, on the hills of Vicenza.

Sonus faber launches its first product Parva, a 2-way monitor speaker with a midrange cone in Kevlar and the cabinet in solid walnut wood.

Parva Sonus faber

1984/1987

Minima, Electa and Electa Amator

Now well-established: accurate design and high quality natural materials for a natural sound reproduction.

Sonus faber began to be internationally recognized; most of its first international partners are still Sonus faber distributors nowadays.

1991

Extrema

Sonus faber demonstrate to the audiophile world what it was capable of with Extrema, a unique speaker with “extreme” components.

Guarneri Homage Sonus faber

1993

Guarneri Homage

It’s the year of the revolution. With the extraordinary Guarneri Homage Sonus faber begins its studies of the lute design and create the first speaker ever with the cabinet structure inspired by the lute shape.

1995/97

Concerto

The Concerto collection was launched with an affordable price. The Concertino bookshelf has been a huge success and is, so far, the most popular Sonus faber product. The aim of this successful collection was to make good sound quality available for all.

Concertino Sonus faber
Amati Homage Sonus faber

1998

Amati Homage

Amati Homage added to Guarneri Homage giving life to the first version of the iconic Homage collection.

2001/2002

Cremona

Following the path stared with Guarneri Homage, Sonus faber introduced of the Cremona collection, a family of speakers that enhanced the concept of the lute shape cabinet design.

Cremona Sonus faber
Sonus faber Sede

2003

Sonus faber

The headquarter moved to Arcugnano, in a building designed by the famous Studio Albanese and defined by the architect himself “a place for music” with the shape of a violin.

2004

Stradivari Homage

Creation of the first flagship Stradivari Homage, an innovative project that occupy an important place in the history of High Fidelity industry.

Stradivari Sonus faber

2005/2006

Amati Anniversario and Guarneri Memento

Second generation of Homage collection, with Amati Anniversario and Guarneri Memento.

2007

Elipsa

Elipsa represented a scaled-down version of Stradivari, added to the Cremona collection.

It’s a turning point for the company that changed its management and starts the process that led to the birth of the actual McIntosh Group. Sonus faber had been acquired by the investment fund Quadrivio and acquires the commercial branch Fine Sounds Asia, located in Hong Kong.

Elipsa Sonus faber
Toy Sonus faber

2008

Toy

Back to the intent of widen its audience, Sonus faber introduced the Toy collection, a family of speaker with an entry-level price and the cabinet covered in leather.

2009

The Sonus faber

Birth of the Sonus faber project, one-of-a-kind and priceless project, featuring the most advanced technologies available at that time and produced in limited series.

The process of acquisition was going on, what has been called Fine Sound Group acquired Audio Research, an historical US brand, leader in the production and sales of audio electronic components High-Definition Vacuum-Tubes.

The Sonus faber

2010

Amati Futura and Guarneri Evolution

Under the guide of a new Industrial Designer, Sonus faber launched Amati futura and Guarneri evolution, the third generation of Homage collection that introduced for the first time new design concepts like the nickel-plated aluminum top, the cabinet in precious curved wood and handmade leather trim.

2011

Aida

Debut of the new flagship, Aida, able to reveal how much the company has evolved whilst keeping its original spirit intact and synthesizing ‘mature tradition’ with ‘technological innovation’.

On the other hand the industrial group keeps growing with the acquisition of the US distributor Sumiko.

2012

Venere line

World premiere of the Venere line, 6 models suitable for all markets, competitive and able to satisfy both enthusiasts of two channel listening as well as fans of multi-channel or home theatre.

Fundamental acquisition of McIntosh Laboratories, the most important American producer of high fidelity systems, world leader in prestigious home entertainment systems for over 60 years. With McIntosh, Fine Sounds Group becomes one of the world’s largest groups in the High-End Audio sector.

2013

Olympica and Homage Vox

Creation of the Olympica collection, a decisive return to the deepest company’s historical traditions.
The development of new driver totally designed in the Sonus faber labs is a tangible sign of the evolution of the company.
In this year the Homage collection has been enriched with its own dedicated center channel, the Homage Vox.

Olympica, Homage Sonus faber
Ex3ma, Lilium Sonus faber

2014

Ex3ma and Lilium

Celebration of 30 years of history with the limited edition Ex3ma, a “crazy” project as its nineties predecessor Extrema. Launch of Lilium, a new full frequency range Hi End floorstanding speaker made up by two different cabinets, one entirely dedicated to the lowest frequencies reproduction.

In this year Fine Sounds Group has been purchased by new network of investors. The CEO of Fine Sounds SpA, and the President of McIntosh Laboratory, Inc., lead the Management Buyout of the group in partnership with the investment fund LBO France. One year later, the group took a new name, McIntosh Group.

2015

A year full of new entries

A year rich of new entries, from the new Chameleon collection, the new entry level line with its unique interchangeable side panels, to the Venere Signature, the new flagship of the Venere line entirely Made in Italy, till Il Cremonese, a full range loudspeaker system that stands below Lilium with an elegant, minimal, and sharp design. Last but not least, Sonus faber launched its first headphones, Pryma 0|1.

Pryma, Chamaleon, Cremonese, Venere Signature Sonus faber
Sf16 Sonus faber

2016

SF16

Based on the intuitions of the Snail, Sonus faber launched the Sf16 the first all-in-one system for Sonus faber.

2017

Homage Tradition

Homage Tradition collection has been launched, the fourth generation of Homage collection, inspired by the excellence of the Italian handcraft tradition. An ambitious project in terms of electroacoustics solution and driver development, that also introduced the new Wengè finish, a new essence of wood darker than the classic walnut, but still warm and elegant.

New Aida Sonus faber

2018

The new Aida

The all new Aida came to life. From the aesthetic point of view, the new Aida is basically the same of the 2011 model, but inside everything changed. Not only new drivers and crossovers, but also a brand-new distribution of volumes for a performance worthy of our queen…

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