Sonus Faber has simply debuted its first set of multi-component wi-fi audio system, the $3,999 Duetto. These energetic loudspeakers provide tons of connectivity, each wired and wi-fi, and may be managed by the Sonus Faber app, however what actually units these audio system aside is the tech that actually units them aside. The left and proper audio system use ultra-wideband (UWB) wi-fi expertise as their solely hyperlink, the primary time UWB has been used on this approach. The Duetto can be found beginning in October from licensed retailers.
In comparison with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, which at the moment are family names, ultra-wideband (UWB) is an nearly completely unknown expertise. It’s comprehensible, as UWB is relatively model new. And but, with its technical superiority over Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for some purposes, the Duetto would possibly the primary to make use of it, however gained’t be the final.
UWB affords as much as 10 instances the bandwidth of Bluetooth, has nearly no latency, makes use of little or no energy, and operates inside a frequency spectrum that’s comparably freed from interference, not like Wi-Fi, which generally makes use of very congested frequency bands.
For the Sonus Faber Duetto, this implies the first speaker can wirelessly ship lossless, hi-res audio at as much as 24-bit/192kHz to the secondary speaker, with no lag, at distances of as much as 26 toes. This gives loads of flexibility when it comes to placement — the first speaker wants energy and (optionally) a wired connection to a supply machine, whereas the secondary speaker solely wants energy. There’s no want (and in reality no means) to attach them with a cable.
Past their invisible UWB umbilical twine, the Duetto boast many options. The 2-way audio system incorporate a 0.7-inch tweeter and a 5.25-inch midwoofer, every of which is powered by discrete amplifiers: a 100-watt class AB amplifier drives the tweeter, whereas a 205-watt class D amplifier powers the midwoofer. This combo produces a claimed frequency response of 37Hz to 30,000Hz, with a Sonus Faber-designed 1900Hz crossover.
The picket enclosures can be found in two finishes and topped with a leather-based panel that features Sonus Faber’s Senso contact controls for quantity, enter choice, and connections. You may get them organized with accessible stands, which value a further $749.
Wired connections embrace HDMI ARC/eARC, optical, RCA analog with line-in and phono modes. There’s additionally a subwoofer output. On the wi-fi aspect of the equation, the Duetto have Wi-Fi, with help for Apple AirPlay 2, Chromecast, Tidal Join, Spotify Join, and Qobuz, plus they’re Roon-ready. You may also use Bluetooth for audio streaming, with help for aptX HD from suitable telephones and different gadgets.