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Versatile Lumina III Speakers
Serve Up Impressive Sound
By Robert Archer
A COUPLE OF years ago I
admitted that I had unfairly
pigeonholed Sonus faber as
a niche audiophile company
that was expensive, and
more importantly unable
to " rock. " Boy, was I wrong,
and feel even more ridiculous
now for that opinion
after spending time with the
Lumina III loudspeakers.
Not only was I impressed
with Sonetto Series of speakers
that I reviewed then; I'm
even more impressed with
the Lumina III floorstanding
speakers, which I believe
deliver even a better value.
The Italian company's Lumina
family also includes the Lumina
I bookshelf and Lumina CI
center-channel loudspeakers.
I tested the speakers in
my two-channel system,
which includes gear from
Bryston, Straight Wire,
Sonos, Meridian, Cary Audio
and Pioneer Elite, plus a
refurbished Thorens TD-160
turntable. My home theater
has an Onkyo receiver, Apple
TV 4K, Panasonic Ultra Bluray
disc player, an immersive
audio speaker setup and
multiple subwoofers.
Features and Setup
Think of the Luminas as
a BMW 3 Series or Fender
MIM (made in Mexico)
instrument - well-designed
entry points into a highly
respected brand.
The Lumina III stands
just under 39 inches tall; it
is 9 inches wide and nearly
11 inches deep. Available in
black, wenge or walnut finishes,
Sonus faber specifies
the 4-ohm speaker as 89dB
sensitive. Sonus faber rates
frequency response from
40Hz to 24kHz, and it suggests
powering the Lumina
III with amplifiers capable of
delivering 50 to 250 watts of
clean, undistorted power.
The speaker utilizes a
three-way design with a
ported cabinet. The port
is on the bottom of the
speaker, which allows integrators
to place the speaker
anywhere without fear of inhibiting
its ability to breathe.
A pair of 5.9-inch paper-cone
woofers handle the bottom
end, while a single 5.9-inch
paper-cone driver handles
the speaker's midrange
frequencies. Rounding out
the Lumina III's driver array is
a 1.1-inch damped apex dome
(DAD) tweeter.
A crossover network that
features the company's
Para-cross topology controls
the drivers. Sonus faber specifies
the crossover frequencies
as 350Hz and 3.5kHz.
Setting up the speakers
The Lumina family from Sonus faber also features
center-channel and bookshelf speaker models.
is easy and straightforward.
After unboxing and sliding
the 35-pound cabinets
from their respective boxes,
I safely positioned the
speakers so I could screw in
their outrigger feet. I placed
the speakers in a " golden
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Sonus faber offers the
Lumina III loudspeakers in
black, wenge and walnut
finishes.
triangle " listening configuration
of about 8.5 feet apart,
and about 8.5 feet from my
sweet-spot seat.
Depending on which
system I was using, I just
inserted a set of speaker cables
with banana plugs into
a single set of the speakers'
dual-binding posts. In my
live-end/dead-end room
design (with musical instruments
on the " live end " ), I
have separate cabling runs
connected to my receiver
and my stereo system.
Performance and
Conclusions
I loved these speakers, and
had a lot of fun with them
- I knew I was going to
miss them once they were
shipped back.
Most of my listening was
done with AV content, but I
did plenty of stereo listening
using my CD player, along
with a Sonos Connect feeding
a Meridian DAC. Getting
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