For sale a matching pair of rare and sought after original Sonus Faber Cremona italian loudspeakers. Defined as “the finest cabinet-built speaker I have heard for under $10,000/pair" by Stereophile back in 2003, this pair comes in a beautiful grey oak finish.
Unlike more recent Sonus Faber’s products, the Cremona are considered the finest creation of Franco Serblin, designer and founder of the company who passed away shortly after creating these gorgeous musical instruments.
The leather wrapped cabinet is formed as the ancient shape of a lute designed by Antonio Stradiarius, a new idea in cabinet design to control resonance by removing the back wall to control or kill standing waves.
The Cremona measures 41.5" high by 9" wide by 17.25" deep and weighs 75 lbs. Its sensitivity is 90dB/W/m, its nominal impedance as 4 ohms. The frequency response is 32Hz-40kHz. These are very easy to drive with either a tube amp (my choice) or solid state.
These speakers would easily cost $20k at today’s price. Condition is nearly excellent, with only one mark on the cabinet smaller than 1/2 inch at that bootom and out of sight. All original packaging, covers, and manual are included.
As Stereophlile wrote, the Cremona have a quality that's impossible to quantify. Perhaps the best analogy is with watches. Many loudspeakers these days are like quartz watches: accurate, practical, soulless. A Sonus Faber speaker, on the other hand, is like a mechanical watch. It has a heart.
At $5,000, these are a steal and much better purchase that the Cremona M (inferior drivers) that followed.