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The New Olympica Nova Might Be the Best-Designed Speaker System Around

Sonus Faber just unveiled its new Olympica Nova speaker collection which is more than equal to the task of complementing well-designed interiors in addition to sounding great. The launch is part of a year-long initiative by the audio brand, headquartered near Venice, to upgrade technology and aesthetics, offering cutting edge tech with inimitable Italian style. 

In addition to a new look for the brand's Olympica line the Nova offers fresh tech including new drivers and crossovers and a new cabinet structure and internal volume tuning, while eight layers of wood paired with solid aluminum, steel and Italian leather bring the beauty. 

The three-way, full para-aperiodic vented box “Stealth Ultraflex” floor-standing loudspeaker system is bound to attract stylish audiophiles, and Sonus Faber is offering a wall-mounted speaker as well to round out the system. 

The speakers' asymmetric shape "allows for versatile positioning for efficient bass response tuning in any room, while the lack of flat and parallel walls improves enclosure performance," Sonus Faber notes. They are of course handcrafted in Italy.

"This is an original design concept inspired by nature, as the lines follow the flow of a circular spiral motion," they say, "achieving a more organic cabinet structure." It also improves the sound.

The outer part of the Stealth Ultraflex system, an extremely low-turbulence porting system, is fabricated from a solid piece of extruded aluminum. Inspired by sea waves, the system facilitates airflow through the duct while controlling its speed and reducing the distortion-causing turbulence.

Available in two wood finishes, prices range from $4,000 apiece for wall-mounted speakers to $16,500 per pair for the top-of-the-line Nova V models.