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To celebrate their 35th Anniversary, Italian speaker aficionados Sonus Faber have reimagined one of their classic models, the Electa Amator. The new version called Electa Amator III keeps the key design and integrity of the original but with a unique modern twist. 

All Sonus Faber speakers are beautiful to look at but on this model in particular is very nice. The cabinet harmoniously combines; solid walnut wood that becomes an integral body with the Carrara marble base, through a brass insert that illuminates the lines and enhances each material. Hand-applied leather envelopes the rear panel and front baffle which houses the Voice of Sonus faber.

Since their official release earlier this year, these speakers have gained some fantastic reviews in very respectable magazines. Online reviewer Mono Stereo wrote -

"From all of the perspectives this is rather a refreshing surprise. Like the design itself, the particular sonic outcome is making Electa Amator III standing on their own in the Sonus faber portfolio and this will undoubtedly draw many people to investigate into them. Even outside of typical audiophile circles. All in all, it’s hard not to be enthusiastic about these Italian beauties aesthetically and sound wise!"

Another sterling review came from Hifi News who wrote "After many ups-and-downs with Sonus Faber over the past decade, it warms my heart to be able to call the Electa Amator III 'the best I've heard from the brand since the original Guarneri. Yes, it's that impressive, that commanding, that correct. Above all, it does exactly what the late Franco Serblin demanded of all his creations: it reproduces music so convincingly that the listener is transported. Bravissimo!' 

Demonstrations are now available in store. Get in touch to arrange an appoint

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The idea behind this week's system is to offer a simple yet interesting combination that will sound great and fit nicely in any room. The key piece to achieving this is the inclusion of the wonderful McIntosh MA252 at the heart of the system. This is a hybrid valve amplifier which offers the detail and resolution of a solid state amplifier but with the warmth and charm of a valve design. 

The source comes from legendary British manufacturer Naim Audio. Their NDX 2 streamer was released earlier this year and not only is it a great sounding and well built product but the user interface and app are among the best in the industry. A lot of companies are playing catch up with their apps, but Naim were one of the first companies to really get on board with digital streaming and as such have perfected their UI over many years. The NDX 2 is extremely versatile and can stream almost any digital file, from DSD from a server to Tidal to Bluetooth and Airplay to internet radio.

Naim is well known for giving a lot of detail in its presentation and McIntosh is regarded as a very musical sound. We felt that the Harbeth P3ESR 40th Anniversary edition bookshelf speakers were an excellent fit. They are a every natural speaker but also have heritage from BBC studio monitors so they have excellent detail particularly in the mid-range. A great match with the Naim streamer. 

The 40th Anniversary editions are a limited run of speakers which have been tweaked with changes to the internal wiring and other components like the speaker terminals. What seems like small changes on paper adds up to a lot in terms of sound. In fact, we find that the space offered by these speakers comes close to that of the 30.1 compared to the regular P3. Somehow they are able to make a bookshelf speaker sound like much larger and more powerful. Perfect for someone who might not have a large amount space but wants to get the best out of what they have. 

The system is placed on an extremely attractive stand from German manufacturer Spectral. It is the Brick model. We have the equipment sat on top of the unit but it is also designed to house products inside too with great ventilation. Spectral racks are pieces of art and have a fantastic quality of build. 

The cables used are from the Vertere D-Fi range. This is their entry level line, but it does not sound like it. They are thin, easy to hide and sound excellent. 

If you are interested to hear this system for yourself, please get in touch and arrange a demonstration in our Central London showroom.

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