Whenever I tour a company, I try to cover all facets of production, but I also try to figure out what makes their products unique and focus some attention there. At Sonus Faber, it wasn’t all that hard to find a few things, but one thing really stood out: leather. It’s synonymous with the brand, and when I took a moment to think about it, I couldn’t come up with another other company that’s implemented the material so successfully and consistently in their speaker designs. As a result, it’s no surprise to find a large area of their factory’s production area just for that.
Of course, not all of Sonus Faber’s speakers have leather now — the Venere line doesn’t. But Venere is Sonus’s lowest-priced line ever, and it’s not made in Italy; instead, to keep costs low, all the Venere models are made in the Far East under strict supervision of Sonus Faber staff. Venere aside, every other current speaker model does have leather and is made in their factory in Italy. In addition to leather processing, the crossover building, assembly, QC testing, and final packaging all take place in-house. What’s not done in the factory is done nearby — their stunning-looking cabinets, for example, are made not by them, but by a subcontractor in Italy that only does work for Sonus Faber.
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