The Absolute Sound Magazine (April 2013) over Sonus faber Venere 2.5:
“Enthusiasm is infectious. When you are in its presence it’s easy to get swept up in all the excitement, become impulsive, and perhaps come to regret the whole affair the morning after. This will not be the case with the Venere Model 2.5. It has its sonic priorities straight—not without some minor faults but always utterly musical. It’s a speaker that will reward you for sticking to your budget. A true high-performance specialist that raises the ante in the sub-$3k floorstanding sweeps.
Bravo, Sonus faber!”
“If anything the Model 2.5 is even more architecturally graceful than the stand-mounted Model 1.5 and invites further comparisons to Sonus faber’s exquisite $120,000 Aida floorstander. It’s all about flowing lines, arched side panels, and a raked, time-aligned front baffle. Designed to avoid diffraction artifacts, the Model 2.5’s non-parallel surfaces not only increase structural rigidity but also reduce internal resonances. Graceful accents abound from the tempered glass floor plinth to the unequal-length footers that rest outboard of the cabinet to ensure stability. Familiar too is the “ducktail” top panel of tempered glass with the silver foil screen of Sf’s logo. Like the 1.5 the speaker terminals are rear-mounted and nicely offset from one another for easy access. They are doubled up for bi-wiring or bi-amping. The quick-release, magnetically attached grilles are a pleasure to use. Available finishes are a glossy arctic white or a hand-rubbed piano-black lacquer. Newly introduced at CES is a classic walnut finish—a look more in keeping with Sf tradition.
One thing is certain, the Model 2.5 will never be accused of being a wallflower or a stodgy foot-dragger. It’s dynamically lively and tonally well-balanced with a vivid midrange palette that permits music to emerge brimming with energy. Even if it overshoots the mark on occasion—a little dip in the presence range or a touch of added bloom in the bass—these are minor deductions in light of its overall performance.”
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