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Sonus faber Acquires Longtime Woodworking Partner Factory
ITALIAN LOUDSPEAKER manufacturer Sonus faber has announced
the acquisition of the De Santi woodworking factory
in San Martino di Lupari (PD), which establishes the facility as
the official woodworking department within the company.
Sonus faber began working with Luciano De Santi and his
factory in 1986, bonded by a shared passion for Italian heritage
and craftsmanship. The two companies have been partners
and collaborators for nearly four decades, building loudspeakers
known around the world for their quality and performance.
" I am thrilled to welcome Stefano De Santi and the entire De
Santi team to Sonus faber, " says Jeff Poggi, CEO Sonus faber.
" The quality construction of our wooden cabinet is a strong
differentiator for Sonus faber and an integral part of our
brand's identity and resulting natural sound. This acquisition
is a natural progression of our 35 years of collaboration, and I
look forward to the amazing innovations that we will develop
together as one family of artisans. "
To keep up with increased global demand, the company has
made a commitment to invest in the expansion of the woodworking
department, employing new computer numerical
control (CNC) machines and painting capabilities with an extended
factory footprint. In welcoming the wood shop's team,
Sonus faber will close the gap in collaboration between the
The Italian speaker maker Sonus faber has been working
with Luciano De Santi and his factory since 1986.
design, engineering, and woodworking teams to enable more
innovative designs and unique customization opportunities
with decreased production lead-time and increased output.
The acquisition will allow the company to continue its
growth in delivering handcrafted audio equipment around
the world. Stefano De Santi will be named Sonus faber's head
of woodworking, overseeing the department, including the
current wood shop staff who will remain in their present roles,
with new staff to increase capacity to be added.
Bowers & Wilkins Adds Pair of Signature Speaker Models
BOWERS & WILKINS has
launched two new versions
of its 705 Signature standmount
and 702 Signature
floor-standing loudspeakers.
Available in Midnight Blue
Metallic paint, the 705 Signature
and 702 Signature models
feature the same drive
unit design and upgraded
crossover componentry as
the existing Datuk Gloss-finished
700 Series Signature
models, which remain available
to purchase from the
Sound United brand.
The new 705 & 702
Signature feature Bowers
& Wilkins' state-of-theart
technologies such as a
decoupled Continuum cone
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midrange drive unit on the
702 Signature, complemented
by Aerofoil-profile
bass drivers. Both 702 and
705 Signature also feature
the carbon dome tweeter,
housed in Bowers & Wilkins'
iconic Solid Body Tweeteron-Top
assembly.
As with the existing Signature
models, both Midnight
Blue Metallic loudspeakers
feature specially treated and
upgraded bypass capacitors
sourced from Mundorf,
larger heatsinking and, in the
case of the 702, an upgraded
low-frequency capacitor
on the bass section of the
crossover.
In tandem with the
benefits both models enjoy
from their Tweeter-on-Top
configuration, according to
the company, these upgrades
improve the resolution and
openness to produce evenmore
polished, refined and
involving sound.
Both 700 Series Signature
models feature Bowers &
Wilkins Carbon Dome tweeter
technology. Designed
to bridge the performance
gap between the Aluminum
Double Dome used in the
600 Series and the Diamond
Dome used in the 800 Series
Diamond, the Carbon Dome
is composed of two sections.
The Continuum cone midrange
drivers were first seen
Bowers & Wilkins' new
702 stand-mount and 705
floor-standing speaker
are offered in stunning
dark blue.
in the 800 Series Diamond.
The design is based on the
concept of optimized and
controlled flexibility.
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