The Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, what a success for Venere! Sonus faber participated in the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest from the 12th to the 14th of October in Denver. Considered one of the largest consumer audio shows in the USA, the RMAF hosted Sonus faber’s exhibit, made by the US distributor Sumiko and designed around launching the new Venere line. Models 1.5 and 2.5 were featured and they played for consumers, dealers and audio press. It was a great success for Sonus faber and the other Fine Sounds Group brands which supported the project. The Venere line created a huge buzz, since people could not believe the cost to performance ratio!
Here there are some comments from the audio press.
Robert Harley, The Absolute Sound:
“I don’t usually cover entry-level and mid-priced loudspeakers at shows, but I’m glad I did at this Denver show. I discovered quite a few worthy contenders and found a couple of real gems. Here are the highlights of the most promising speakers under $20k per pair.”
“I’ll start with the least expensive speaker at the show, and one that completely captivated me with its sound quality and value. That speaker is the new Sonus faber Venere 1.5. Neil Gader has just reviewed the 1.5 and is extremely enthusiastic about the product. After hearing this entry-level Sonus faber for myself, I can see why. The 1.5 had surprising bass extension and dynamics coupled with a big, open quality that made the speaker sound like a much larger and more expensive model. This show was also the world debut of the floorstanding Venere 2.5, which builds on the 1.5’s virtues with deeper bass, wider dynamics, and a fuller presentation. Frankly, my jaw dropped at how much music the Venere 2.5 delivered. Watch for reviews of more models from the Venere line when they become available”.
John Atkinson, Stereophile:
“The LP of Jeff Buckley’s classic album Grace was reproduced with appropriate impact and a color-free tonal balance. Even considering the relatively affordable price of the system, this was still one of the better-sounding rooms I heard at RMAF.”
Brent Butterworth, Marketnews:
“Another affordable speaker (for RMAF, at least) was the Venere 1.5 bookshelf model from Sonus Faber (shown at top of story). The Venere’s distinctive lyre shape and brilliant white cabinet seemed almost out of place on a speaker priced at just €1,150/pair. Even the largest speaker in the new line, the Venere 3.0, costs only €3,250/pair: expensive for most, certainly, but surprisingly accessible for a Sonus Faber”.
Steve Williams, What’s Best Forum:
“Sonus Faber Venere. This speaker looks like a baby Aida and at €2550 there weren’t many equals at that price.”
Jeff Fritz – SoundStage.com:
“Sonus Faber’s new value-oriented line is the Venere. Shown above is the 2.5, which is a 2.5-way vented floorstander that retails for €2550/pr. The smaller 1.5 bookshelf model is €1150/pr. The stands cost an additional €400. These new SF speakers look incredible for the money”.