Three-Way Speaker Design: The Sonus faber Venere Signature floorstanding loudspeaker utilizes a three-way design with custom-built drivers by the best international manufacturers for natural, well-balanced, non-fatiguing sound. Each driver is built exclusively to Sonus faber's own specific design and specifications using special software and then perfected and reviewed by ear.
- Tweeter: The Venere Signature loudspeaker features one Sonus faber designed 1" pre-coated fabric, silk soft-dome tweeter with no ferrofluid and mechanically decoupled from the baffle for precision high frequency response and focused soundstage; created by DKM (German based company).
- Dedicated Midrange: The Venere Signature features a single Sonus faber designed 6" thermoformed polypropylene textile cone (Curve) midrange driver with a rubber surround and an ultra-free compression basket design for incredible dynamic performance and linearity; manufactured by Germany-based Propex. A special coaxial anti-compressor is used to remove resonances and distortions.
- 3 Woofers: The Venere Signature loudspeaker features three Sonus faber designed 7" aluminum cone woofers with rubber surrounds and a free compression basket design, providing maximum lightness and stiffness of the transducers to achieve a fast transient response of low frequencies and bass.
Crossover Network: The three-way floorstanding loudspeaker employs a non-resonant "progressive-slope" design crossover network (250Hz/2,500Hz) using high-quality components to ensure optimized phase response & time alignment, plus even frequency response and smooth transition over the entire audible range of all drivers for a well-balanced, natural sound.
Cabinet Design: The Venere Signature floorstanding speaker feature a CNC (Computer Numerical Controlled) gloss-lacquer-coated MDF cabinet that is rigid and beautiful. Unlike other speaker manufactures that want to mask the sound of the cabinet, Sonus faber designs it speaker cabinets so they work in synergy with the drivers and perfectly complement one another for a perfect sound.
- Lyre Inspired: The speaker cabinet's shape is inspired by the Lyre string instrument to ensure the absence of parallel internal surfaces to control air movement inside the cabinet and create sound that is dynamic, clean, rich in detail, and natural. The Lyre inspired cabinet guarantees exceptional control of internal resonance, perfect acoustics, excellent driver stability, and room-friendly placement.
- Sloped Front Baffle: The sloping front baffle, featuring curved lines, allows for perfect timing and effective transition between the drivers, always ensuring an excellent listening experience.
- Tempered-Glass Top: The speaker cabinet features a tempered-glass top-panel which is used to eliminate high frequency vibration which can lead to distortion, harshness, and listening fatigue.
- Down-Firing Port: The Venere Signature floorstanding speaker utilizes a down-firing port for more control of air flow to aid in the delivery of exciting, impactful bass response that is tight, accurate and not "boomy".
Colors & Finishes: The Sonus faber Venere Signature floorstanding loudspeaker is available in a gloss black or gloss white lacquer finish, or a walnut wood veneer finish.
Dual Heavy-Duty Binding Posts: On the back panel of Sonus faber Venere Signature floorstanding loudspeakers are dual heavy duty binding post terminals that allow you to bi-wire or bi-amp the speaker. These binding post terminals will accept large diameter wire (up to 10AWG), banana plugs (single only), and spade lugs.
- Bi-Wiring: Bi-wiring can provide noticeable improvements in the overall transparency of your loudspeakers. Run separate speaker wires to the low & high frequency drivers from a single amplifier (the upper set of binding posts are for the high frequency drivers; the lower set of binding posts are for the low frequency drivers).
- Bi-Amping: Bi-amping allows you to use separate amplifiers for the high & low frequency sections of your loudspeaker for greater dynamic range & lower distortion. We recommend that your separate amplifiers have identical gain to preserve the speaker's voicing balance.
Aluminum Plinth w/ Adjustable Feet: The Venere Signature floorstanding speaker includes an Aluminum plinth (or base) and four "tiptoe" feet which must be installed. The Aluminum plinth screws into the bottom of the floorstanding speaker using the included hardware. The four "tiptoes" then screw into the Aluminum plinth. The "tiptoe" feet are adjustable to allow proper alignment with your floor and to allow you to adjust the slope of the front baffle even more. Together, the Aluminum plinth and "tiptoe" feet anchor the speaker to your floor (four discs are included to rest beneath the "tiptoe" feet to protect your hardwood, laminate, or tile floors).
Applications: This three-way floorstanding loudspeaker, like all members of the Venere family, is easy to use and suitable for placement in a variety of 2-channel stereo, multi-channel or home theatre environments.
Placement: Loudspeaker placement in a room can greatly affect performance. Placement near a wall, corner, or any intersecting surfaces will reinforce or diminish some bass frequencies. Try various locations by listening to music containing continuous bass and finding a location where there is an over all musical balance in the sound and the bass content does not dominate.
- Sonus faber recommends starting with placing the speakers at least 1' from the back wall and then pull out one speaker until the bass is evident, but not "boomy" from the speaker being too close to the wall or "thin" from it being too far from the wall. Then begin to pull out the other speaker until the bass sounds even from the main listening position (the speakers don't necessarily have to be the same distance from the wall).
- Once you have determined the distance from the back wall, its time to determine the distance between of each speaker on either side o the main listening position. Start at equal distance on either side of the listening position and then move the speakers inward and outward until you hear and feel that the singer's vocal are coming directly in front of you with instruments playing on either side of you. If the speakers are too close together, you'll get a "squashed" sound and if they are too far apart, you'll get more of an "echo" sound.
- Now, you'll want to "toe-in" the speaker toward the main listening position. By turning the speakers in toward the main listening area, you'll prevent too much reflection from outer walls and deliver more sound information to the listener. "Toe-in" the speaker only a little bit for a wider sound stage; the more you "toe-in" the speaker, the narrower the "sweet-spot" will get.
- Finally, use the loudspeaker's adjustable feet to adjust the "Rake" angle of the speaker. The Venere series loudspeakers' front-baffle is already slightly angled and may not need adjusting. By increasing the "Rake" angle, you'll elevate the sound of the main listening area for a more open sound and feel.
Break-In Period: Sonus faber recommends 100 to 250 hours of break-in to get the most of their Venere Signature series of loudspeakers. You may have to reconfigure the placement of the speakers after break-in period.