Quite impressive sound right out of the box for $1700 a pair in gloss black finish. The Venere also available in gloss white lacquer and optional walnut finish. Stands are optional.
While the wood work and finishes aren’t up to the Olympica series, the Italian’s Venere series craftsmanship was farmed out to China but designed in Europe – Still beautiful looking. The body shaped type cabinet expanding out at the sides then tapering off to the rear minimizing standing waves. The top plate of the speaker stand attached to the bottom of the speaker with two bolts. Front spikes are taller than the rear for proper rake angle to personal listening position. Preparation takes about an hour.
The Venere 2.0 is a two-way design with a letter-box port at the bottom front just beneath the mid/woofer and bi-wire terminals at the rear. Speaker terminals are nicely made. I toed-in the Veneres with each of the tweeter just slightly outside of the left and right ear of the listener. Rake angle is about 15 degrees. Auditioning equipment were McIntosh MC452 amplifier, C52 preamplifier, MCD500 CD player and Tributaries series 8 cables throughout. Source materials include an Irish woman singer, Mary Black off her album the New Frontier and Babes in the Wood, Roger Waters-the Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking, Rob Eberhard Young – Sticks and Stones and Chris Isaak. So how do they sound?
As stated early, impressive! Soundstage is huge with excellent imaging. The tweeter is exceptionally smooth and accurate. The bass was good and much better than I’d expected from a 5” driver, though noticeably a slight bloom, perhaps marrying with powered subwoofer might be the ticket freeing that 80Hz bloom. As compared with the Bowers and Wilkins the Sonus Faber is slightly laid back not in your face. Instruments and voices are positioned behind the speakers. Still more time for the break-in period yet, so only time will tell how much better the Venere will get.
I think the Venere is the right sounding speakers especially for under $2000. An uncompromising audiophile quality speakers from Italy's finest stable and is all you need.