Sonus faber has introduced a new entry-level speaker series, called Principia, which includes two floorstanding models (priced at $1,199 to $1,499 per pair), two bookshelf models (priced at $549 to $699 per pair), and a dedicated center channel ($349 each). The new line shares many design features with the company's Chameleon Series that we recently reviewed, but these speakers are available solely in a black vinyl veneer surface. The Principia Series will be available in the U.S. in June.
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The Principia collection is the new entry level line offered by Sonus faber, designed for those who are seeking a simple hi-fi solution but with a definite Italian touch at an affordable price - all without giving up on perfect music reproduction. This new collection is a good option for those who are looking for a hi-fi system that looks great in a contemporary and stylish music room.
After the success of the Chameleon line, the Principia collection makes high end audio easier to achieve by those entering the high fidelity world as well as for those who are still looking for the right speaker that suits their musical tastes.
In both its shape and name, Principia embodies the idea of a beginning, a foundation, a primary element: plain and essential lines, like the ones that define the speaker's design, and a name that stands for one's starting point and entry in the high end world.
The inspiration behind this collection is Sonus faber's unwavering belief that perfect sound is a right for all music lovers.
The Principia collection is made up of five passive loudspeakers (two bookshelf, two floorstanding and one center channel) that show a deep relationship with the Chameleon collection; in fact, they share many of the Chameleon's design and technical details--particularly the brushed aluminum finishes and trapezoidal shape--both as an homage and as a way of citing historic Sonus faber loudspeakers that helped shape our company.
The 29mm high definition precoated fabric dome tweeter with DKM membrane is inherited from Chameleon as well, while the other drivers are new Sonus faber designs and are unique to Principia.
While the Chameleon line has exchangeable colored side panels and leather coverings, the Principia line features a flawless black vinyl veneer surface that matches and complements many different decors, particularly modern ones.
The ?Principia collection is a great solution for many different listening needs, meeting the requirements of stereo as well as multichannel home theater systems in both small and large rooms.
Sonus faber further expands its presence in the mass marketplace thanks to this new entry level collection. The project of Principia is designed, realized and monitored in the Sonus faber headquarters in Arcugnano (VI), and is finished in P.R.C. under the strict supervision of experts who are able to reproduce the same control on procedures and quality typical of any Sonus faber product.
The Principia collection will have its debut in Europe and Asia and then in the U.S. beginning in June 2016. Selected Sonus faber distributors will be the official sellers of the collection; Principia will be available in additional new mass market sale channels as well.
The Principia speakers are available with a standard Black finish at the following prices (VAT not included):