SONUS FABER OLYMPICA NOVA I LOUDSPEAKER REVIEW
March 12, 2020 § Leave a comment
“in the final analysis, I freely admit to waxing a little more rhapsodic than usual with the Sonus faber Olympica Nova I. Honestly, I think it’s because they appeal to me on a few different levels, as both an audio reviewer and as a professional artist. They certainly exceeded my expectations in terms of how I thought they would perform in my large studio space/listening area. They put out a sonic image bigger and sweeter sounding than they really had any right to. Their overall voicing character was immensely appealing, remaining enjoyable when listening both on and off-axis. Perceived upper-end detail was doled out in abundance without sounding oppressive, and bass response was surprisingly satisfying given how I set them up in the room. All that would be impressive enough for a typical box speaker, but in this case, the design of the Nova I adds a whole other dimension of value to my eyes. Its overall aesthetics, the beauty of its sculptural form, the materials used and the attention to detail in the overall execution elevates them to a higher level of artwork. This is acoustic alchemy in the truest sense. I’d also be lying if I said my Italian heritage didn’t bias me towards these speakers in one degree or another. But rest assured, if the Sonus faber Olympica Nova I sounded like an old FIAT I would have told you so. Far from it.