About the Sonus faber Omnia
40 years of Sonus faber history in a self-powered package
40 years of Sonus faber history in a self-powered package
Over its forty years of existence, Sonus faber has helped bring hi-fi and speaker technologies to new heights, making them a beloved name in many households. Their new offering, the Omnia (roughly meaning "everything" in Latin), pays homage to the company's Italian style and and shows off their dedication to hi-fi.
This speaker uses new and innovative acoustic technologies to deliver powerful, realistic sound. It also offers tons of ways to get your music going, offering both wireless and wired connections for input. The gorgeous wood panel on top helps the speaker fit into any decor, and it's even illuminated and touch-sensitive for easy hands-on control.
Seven drivers to bring your music to life
The Omnia has no shortage of powerful speakers. On the far left and right sides of the front panel, there are 3/4" tweeters paired with 3" midrange drivers. The tweeters use neodymium motor structures to keep them agile and detailed. Together, the midrange drivers and tweeters create a wonderful, lifelike soundscape you can close your eyes and lose yourself in. Vocals, pianos, violins, and more come through with tremendous accuracy and texture.
On either side of the speaker, there are 1-3/4" full-range drivers that help fill in the remaining soundstage. These inverted-dome-shaped drivers are made from a cellulose pulp membrane, with neodymium motor structures that allow them to put their full capabilities on display. The drivers, coupled with Sonus faber's Crescendo tech (more on that in a sec) create an impressive sense of soundstage width, depth, and accuracy.
The 6-1/2" bottom-firing woofer is a hard-hitting workhorse. The bass is extremely potent and authoritative without being muddy. The woofer's aluminum cone allows it to take effortless plunges down to super low frequencies and make a graceful ascent to the upper end of bass notes without missing anything.
The versatile Omnia is great for music and TV sound alike. In either case, it delivers crisp, detailed audio with plenty of low end impact.
Notes on unboxing and listening
I was honored to spend some time with Sonus faber's latest powered speaker. When it arrived in a premium, multi-layered box, I knew I was in for a treat. The company has a reputation for innovative design, and their careful attention to every part of the experience — even the packaging — boded well for what was to come.
Setting up and logging in
Setting the Omnia up was a breeze. I'm a Google user, so it connected to the Google Home app in a matter of minutes, and I was ready to get jamming. I brought up TIDAL and decided to take a trip down memory lane. “20th Century Boy” by T. Rex sounded fantastic. The first thing that really struck me was the texture of the voices and instruments.
The guitars had a satisfying amount of grit, Marc Bolan's vocals were fun and engaging, and the drums came through cleanly. The clarity is important to note, as “20th Century Boy” isn't the most well recorded song out there. When the song really picked up, the wide soundstage made it easy to lose myself in the music and I soon myself grooving right along.
Breaking out the vinyl
I wanted to see how the Omnia performed on my deluxe vinyl pressing of Opeth's Blackwater Park. I hooked my Pro-Ject Debut Carbon up to the speaker using the included MiniDin cable, switched its analog input to phono, and put the needle on the album's title track.
I was delighted at how the Omnia brought out the nuances of the song — particularly Martin Lopez's amazing drum work — and gave everything its own rightful spot in the soundstage. Everything from the crunchy electric guitars to Mikael Akerfeldt's belts, to the not-so-often-heard bass guitar came through with a tasty amount of texture and accuracy.
From music to movies
The last thing I tried on this powered speaker was watching a movie. After setting my TV's output to PCM — an important step, since the speaker does not decode Dolby Digital — I connected the speaker to my TV via HDMI and pulled up one of my favorite films on Netflix, Six Underground. This action-packed movie starts with one of the most awesome car chase sequences I've ever seen, and I frequently use it as a stress test for home theater systems. I'm overjoyed to report that the Omnia kept up exceptionally well.
Ryan Reynolds and his quirky dialogue came through clear as a bell, interspersed between moments of rapid gunfire, squealing tires, and tons of gorgeous Michael Bay explosions. Speaking of explosions, I cannot overstate how impactful the Omnia's woofer is in relation to its size. I was seriously impressed by how deeply it dug into the bass register. Despite the low frequencies it put out, I didn't notice it overshadowing the mids or the highs.
Proprietary Crescendo™ technology for a wide soundstage
Crescendo technology is one of Sonus faber's exclusive features. Crescendo uses top-of-the-line digital signal processing, tweaked by Sonus faber's "artisans of sound" to create a large, wide, spacious soundstage. The way it works is pretty sweet.
By mixing signals, adjusting individual driver delays, and modifying the phase behavior of drivers, the company has managed to squeeze a lot of rich sound out of a modestly sized self-powered speaker. Crescendo also uses a mix of in-phase bipole and anti-phase dipole concepts to create a three-dimensional soundscape. The end result is sound that brings the excitement and engagement of live performances right into your listening room.
If you've got an oddly shaped room or lots of acoustic barriers for the sound to overcome, don't fret — you can optimize the Omnia for your room by using the speaker's web-based setup page. From there, you can pick from several room placement options and EQ modes to get it just right for your listening environment.
A touch-sensitive, real wood top panel
Senso™ touch technology is another of Sonus faber's premier technologies. The beautiful (and totally rad) illuminated walnut panel offers satisfying, tactile control over your music. Two touch-sensitive "dots" allow for direct control over volume. An illuminated line between the dots provides visual cues for which streaming service or wired input is being used. Above all that is another illuminated line that indicates the current volume level. You also get a high-quality remote for making adjustments from the comfort of your couch.
Stream almost anything
The Omnia supports a lot of ways to stream your music. Once it's set up on your Wi-Fi network, you can play content using Apple AirPlay 2, Google Chromecast, Spotify Connect, TIDAL Connect, and Roon. Already have a lot of devices on your network and don't want to add another? Pair your smartphone, computer, or other device up to the speaker via Bluetooth and stream away. Since the speaker supports aptX® HD and aptX Low Latency, you won't have to worry about losing fidelity.
This speaker's versatility cannot be understated. Not only does it provide a lot of streaming options, but there are also wired inputs as well. The HDMI ARC input can be used to hook the Omnia up to your TV. There's also a switchable analog line/phono input that accommodates a moving magnet turntable. An RCA-to-mini-DIN cable is included to make that connection easy.
- self-powered speaker
- Crescendo™ technology creates a wide soundstage by using advanced digital signal processing
- illuminated real walnut Senso™ top panel
- touch-sensitive controls for making volume adjustments
- illuminated indicator lines show source and volume
- seven drivers powered by a 490-watt amplifier:
- two front-panel 3/4" neodymium magnet tweeters
- two front-panel 3" midrange drivers
- two 1-3/4" side-mounted full-range drivers
- one 6-1/2" downward-firing bass driver
- built-in dual-band Wi-Fi for wireless music streaming and setup
- supported streaming services: Apple AirPlay 2, Google Chromecast, Spotify Connect, TIDAL Connect
- Roon Ready (subscription required)
- built in Bluetooth with aptX HD and aptX Low Latency for streaming from compatible devices
- HDMI ARC input for use with a TV (Note: TV's HDMI output must be set to PCM to ensure compatibility. Dolby® Digital signals not supported)
- switchable LINE/PHONO input for analog sources, including a moving magnet turntable
- RCA-to-mini-DIN cable included
- Ethernet port for wired network connection
- web-based setup for adjusting EQ and room placement options
- 21-1/4"W x 5-3/16"H x 11-1/16"D
- 16.76 lbs.
- warranty: 2 years parts and labor (3 years with product registration)
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- MFR # DIF340WFI
What's in the box:
- Wireless powered speaker
- 57" AC power cord
- Remote control
- 14" RCA-to-miniDIN cable
- Quick Start Guide
- Warranty/Setup Card
- Safety Instructions
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Features & specs
|Wi-Fi Bands||2.4, 5 GHz|
|Tweeter Size (Inches)||0.75|
|Midrange Size (Inches)||3|
|Midrange Type||Paper Cone|
|Woofer Size (Inches)||6.5|
|Watts RMS (Continuous)||490|
|Watts Maximum (Peak)||Not given|
|Max. Digital Audio Bit Depth||24-bit|
|Max. Digital Audio Sample Rate||192 kHz|
|Apple AirPlay||AirPlay 2|
|Bose Home Speaker||No|
|Control by app||N/A|
|Parts Warranty||2 Yr/3 Yr registered|
|Labor Warranty||2 Yr/3 Yr registered|
4-Way Acoustic Suspension System: The Sonus Faber Omnia consists of a 4-way acoustic suspension (sealed) system with a total of 7 drivers powered by an integrated 490 watt amplifier for dynamic, room-filling sound that provides a natural and immersive listening experience in your home.
- On the front of the Omnia speaker system, two 0.75" silk dome tweeters with Neodymium motor systems and two 3" paper pulp cone midrange drivers guarantee the Sonus Faber sound signature and deliver life-like micro-dynamics.
- The Omnia's low bass frequency is achieved through a 6.5" long-throw aluminum cone woofer in a down-firing configuration that creates an immersive and impactful soundfield.
- On both sides of the speaker system are two 1.75' wide-range inverted dome cellulose pulp membrane drivers with Neodymium motor system that enhance the system's soundfield with a greater sense of dimensionality in conjunction with newly trademarked technology Omnia is bringing to life, known as CRESCENDO.
CRESCENDO DSP: Sonus Faber's CRESCENDO is an advanced DSP (digital signal processing) system that is used in their Omnia speaker system that results in a greater sense of dimensionality and immersivity from a single, compact speaker. By cleverly mixing stereo signals, adjusting delays, and modifying the phase behavior of the Omnia's drivers, Sonus Faber is able to craft a wider sound scape, where bipole and dipole theory are used together to create that immersive effect that makes the OMNIA sound like a much bigger stereo sound system. CRESCENDO activates the side firing full-range drivers, supporting the front mid-high drivers to create a create a crisp wavefront which, through room reflections, mimics that of a live performance.
Mounting Options: The Sonus Faber Omnia can be tabletop mounted on a stable flat surface such as a desk, countertop, shelf, piece of AV furniture or other flat mounting surface. Make sure to not obstruct any of Omnia drivers, leaving at least 3.9375" of clearance for the side-firing, full-range drivers. Make sure to leave at least 3.9375" of clearance between the back of the speaker and rear wall for adequate venitallation.
Note: The Sonus Faber Omnia does not offer any brackets, keyhole slots, or threaded inserts to wall-mount the speaker.
Detachable AC Power Cord: The Sonus Faber Omnia comes with a detachable 57" AC power cord (C7/2-prong) that will plug into the back of the wireless powered speaker and into an AC power wall outlet or surge protector/line conditioner (sold separately - see Accessories Tab).
Note: The Sonus Faber Omnia is not battery powered and requires connection to an AC power outlet.
Network & Internet Integration
Wired or Wireless Network Connectivity: The Sonus Faber Omnia can be connected to your home network via a wired (Ethernet) or wireless (WiFi) connection. There is a RJ-45 Ethernet port (10/100Mbps) on the back of the speaker which allows for a hardwired connection. Built-in 2.4/5GHz dual-band WiFi (802.11ac) allows the Omnia speaker system to connect wirelessly to your home network. This network connection allows access to Apple AirPlay 2, Chromecast Built-In, Spotify Connect, Tidal Connect, and Roon.
AirPlay 2 with Siri: AirPlay 2 is an advanced and easy-to-use wireless multiroom audio platform for iTunes, Apple Music, and other compatible Apple iOS apps. With AirPlay 2 you can play any sound from your Apple iOS device (running iOS 11.4 or later) or Mac computer (running OS X 10.13.2) through the Sonus Faber Omnia speaker system and other compatible AirPlay 2 speakers throughout your home. You can choose to play audio in one room, play the same audio in grouped rooms, or play the same audio in every room. If you are an Apple Music subscriber, you can even play different music in different rooms (you can control and group directly from Apple's Music App and Home app on your Apple iOS device). You can even ask Siri-enabled devices (like your Apple iPhone, iPad, or Watch) to control playback of your Apple Music on the Sonus Faber Omnia. In addition, you can watch videos and movies from YouTube and Netflix on your compatible Apple iOS device or Mac computer with perfectly synced audio on the Omnia speaker system.
Chromecast Built-In: Use the Google Home App (for Apple iOS 12.0+ and Android OS 6.0+) to enable Chromecast built-in. Chromecast built-in gives you access to hundreds of online music streaming services, internet radio, and podcasts. Chromecast built-in streams audio directly from the cloud, so you get the 24-bit/96kHz sound quality and the ability to enjoy crystal clear sound exactly the way the artist intended. Simply tap the Cast button from a Chromecast built-in compatible music app on your Apple iOS or Android OS device to start streaming to the Sonus Faber Omnia speaker system. You can search, browse, play, skip, and turn up the volume directly from the music apps you know and love on your compatible smartphone or tablet. Chromecast built-in supports FLAC, WAV, AAC, and MP3 music files. While you cast your music, you can still use your smartphone to answer a call, play a game, send a text, and even leave the room - all without interrupting what's playing on the Sonus Faber speaker system.
- Music, Radio, & Podcasts: Chromecast built-in lets you play music from popular music services and search by artist, song, genre, album playlist, mood, or activity. You can also listen to your favorite internet radio stations and podcasts. Compatible music and internet radio apps include Tidal, Spotify, Pandora, TuneIn, GooglePlay Music, iHeart Radio, YouTube Music, and more (subscriptions and fees will apply). You'll also be able to stream your favorite music, playlists, podcasts, and more that are stored on your Android (OS 4.4.2+) device to the Omnia speaker. You cannot stream stored content on an Apple iOS device using Chromecast built-in. If you're on your laptop or computer, you can also cast any music streaming website through the Chrome web browser to the speaker.
- Multiroom Audio: Add more Chromecast built-in speakers throughout your home (sold separately - see Accessories Tab) to create a whole house audio experience. You can play the same Chromecast built-in compatible music app (like Tidal, Spotify, or Pandora) on all speakers or groups of speakers in different rooms of your home. You'll be able control the multiroom audio system from the Google Home app on your Apple iOS or Android device, or using the Google Assistant and your voice on a compatible Google Home device.
- Voice Control (Optional): Purchase a Google Home wireless speaker (sold separately - see Accessories Tab) and gain voice control of compatible Chromecast Built-in music apps. You'll be able to access a specific music app and then select a specific station or song using only your voice. You'll also have voice control over Play, Pause, Skip, & Volume. The Omnia and your Google Home speaker must be connected to the same wireless (WiFi) network.
Note: Chromecast built-in currently supports a single account per user (up to 6) and streaming service. Click here for a complete list of Chromecast built-in compatible apps.
Integrated Online Music Services: The Sonus Faber Omnia offers supports for Spotify Connect & Tidal Connect, allowing you to stream music directly from the Spotify or Tidal app on your Apple iOS or Android mobile device to the wireless speaker system.
- Spotify Connect: If you subscribe to a free or paid Spotify subscription and have the Spotify App on your Apple iOS or Android smartphone, you can stream Spotify to the McIntosh speaker system using Spotify Connect. Spotify is a digital music service that gives you on-demand access to one of the largest music libraries in the world (over 15 million tracks and counting). Spotify makes it easier than ever to discover, manage, and share music with your friends. You can browse music by artist, album, track, or most popular; and create your own music library with customized playlists.
- Tidal Connect: The integration of Tidal Connect will enable Tidal users to instantly select and wirelessly stream music to the McIntosh speaker system from within the Tidal app (for Apple iOS and Android OS). Tidal is a global streaming service that offers over 30 million songs in high-fidelity CD sound quality. Tidal has two pricing tiers; either $9.99 or $19.99 a month. Both pricing levels allow you to access Tidal's entire music library. The $19.99 tier has the added benefit of high-fidelity sound at CD-level quality.
Roon Ready: Roon is a feature rich music library and playback application that compiles all the music files available to your network and makes them easily available to play across the Sonus Faber Omnia speaker system and other Roon enabled audio devices. Roon manages digital music files (including FLAC, WAV, AIFF, and ALAC) collected on hard drives and networked storage. It can also access your iTunes library, and optionally integrate with the Tidal music streaming service. Roon is available for mobile, laptop or desktop devices. When you open the Roon app, it will display your complete audio library together with its metadata and artwork along with the Sonus Faber Omnia and all other Roon enabled devices. Simply select the music you wish to play and the Omnia or Roon device in which you want to hear it on.
Note: To use Roon you will need a Roon Core running on the same network as the Sonus Faber Omnia speaker system. The Core is media server software that runs on your computer, NAS, or player (sold separately) located on the network within your home.
Bluetooth with aptX-HD: The Sonus Faber Omnia is equipped with built-in Bluetooth 5.0 with support for wireless audio music streaming (A2DP) and control (AVRCP). You'll be able to stream stored music, music apps, and other audio content from your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer to the Omnia speaker system. You'll also be able to control basic playback functions such as Play/Pause and Previous/Next Track from the included remote. You can pair multiple devices to the speaker system, but only one source device can be connected and used for playback at a time. The Sonus Faber Omnia supports SBC (Sub-Band Coding), AAC (Advanced Audio Coding), and aptX HD, codecs.
- SBC: The SBC (Sub-Band Coding) is Bluetooth's standard audio codec that is universally compatible with all Bluetooth-enable devices. SBC supports up to 320kbps.
- AAC: AAC (Advanced Audio Coding) is a step-up from Bluetooth's standard SBC codec and is Apple's standard audio code. AAC supports up to 250kbps.
- aptX HD: The RS250 also supports the higher resolution aptX HD for 24-bit/48kHz wireless audio. If your Bluetooth source device utilizes aptX HD then that resolution will be utilized automatically.
Note: To utilize the aptX HD codecs, your Bluetooth-enabled source device must also support aptX HD. Currently, Apple iOS devices only support SBC and AAC.
HDMI ARC: The Sonus Faber Omnia is outfitted with a HDMI ARC (audio return channel) jack for connection to your TV's HDMI ARC input, so you can playback your TV's audio signal through the Omnia speaker system. The HDMI ARC jack supports 2ch PCM audio up to 24-bit/192kHz.
- The Omnia's HDMI eARC jack must be connected to a TV's HDMI ARC input; it will not work with a standard HDMI input.
- The HDMI ARC jack does not support Dolby Digital, DTS, or other multi-channel formats.
- The HDMI input does not support video.
Line-Level or Phono Input: Thanks to its proprietary mini-DIN input and mini-DIN to RCA adapter cable, the Sonus Faber Omnia offers a switchable Phono/Line input. Use this input as an analog line-level stereo RCA input for connection of a CD player, SACD player, or Tape deck. The input can also be used as a Phono MM input for connection of a turntable with a MM (moving magnet) cartridge that features a 2.4mV to 5.0mV output.
SENSO Touch-Sensitive Interface: SENSO is Omnia's tactile illuminated wooden top panel which provides a touch sensitive interface for direct control
of the speaker system. The SENSO touch-sensitive interface offers Power On/Off, Volume Up/Down, and Play/Pause controls. The illuminated lines of the SENSO interface indicate the wireless speaker mode, which streaming service is in use, and which input is selected.
Remote Control: The included remote control offers wireless, hand-held operation of the Sonus Faber Omnia speaker system. Wireless remote control functions included Power On/Off, Source Input, Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track, Volume Up/Down, and Mute.
Web-Based Setup Page: A web-based setup page can be accessed for a variety of system and audio settings. The web-based setup page can be accessed from the QR code on the Warranty/Setup Card in the box using your smarpthone's camera.
- Startup Volume: You can set the speaker system to turn on to the same volume as you were previously listening to when you turned the unit off, or have the speaker system turn on to 30% volume everytime.
- Loudness Maximizer: The Sonus Faber Omnia will boost the bass frequencies when listening to the speaker system at low volume levels.
- Placement EQ: When set "Near The Wall", the speaker system will reduce the bass boost applied during playback. When set "Away From Wall", the Ominia will play using the normal levels of bass boost.
- Auto Standby: The speaker system will go into Standby mode after 30 minutes of no audio signal or operation, but still remain connected to the network. Then after 60 minutes of no audio signal or operation, the Omnia will drop the network connection and go into Low Power (0.5W) mode.