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Sonus Faber Chameleon T

Floor-standing speaker with interchangeable side panels

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Overview

Our take on the Sonus Faber Chameleon T

With its beautiful leather-wrapped enclosure and fine Italian craftsmanship, the Sonus faber Chameleon T floor-standing speaker makes a stunning addition to just about any space. In addition, they also feature interchangeable side panels that let you choose among six distinct colors to suit your décor. But this sleek tower isn't just another pretty face — its lifelike sound will make you make you sit up and say "wow."

Sonus faber Chameleon T side panels

Interchangeable side panels let you dress your Chameleon T speakers in your choice of Red, Black, Orange, Metallic Blue, Metallic Gray, or White.

Not just another face in the crowd

With its beautiful leather-wrapped enclosure and fine Italian craftsmanship, the Sonus faber Chameleon T floor-standing speaker makes a stunning addition to just about any space. In addition, they also feature interchangeable side panels that let you choose among six distinct colors to suit your décor. But this sleek tower isn't just another pretty face — its lifelike sound will make you make you sit up and say "wow."

Whether you're listening to a string quartet or watching the latest action flick, you'll hear clear, highly defined midrange and smooth, extended highs complemented by tight, tuneful bass. The Chameleon T is equally at home used as a stereo pair or as front left and right speakers in a multichannel home theater system with Sonus faber's Chameleon B bookshelf  and Chameleon C center channel speakers.

Quality design inside and out

Each Chameleon T features dual 7" poly cone woofers so bass sounds deep, natural, and strong. A separate 6" poly cone driver delivers clear, open vocals and midrange frequencies. The smooth-sounding silk dome tweeter adds sparkle and musical detail without a trace of harshness. Soft, fine-grain leather covers the cabinet, and the drivers' flanges are trimmed with aluminum rings for an added bit of visual flair. Even around back, the quality is evident — Sonus faber finished off the Chameleon T with heavy-duty bi-wire/bi-amp capable speaker terminals that allow you to take full advantage of their performance capabilities.

Customize your Chameleons

Every pair of Chameleon T speakers includes a set of interchangeable side panels. Choose from six available colors to match your room décor. Plus, you can purchase additional colors for changing the look of your Chameleons to suit your mood or liven up your room. Swapping panels is easy and takes just a few seconds. Personal customization like this is a rare feature for speakers of this caliber, but it shows how dedicated Sonus faber is to creating speakers that will look just as beautiful in your room as they sound.

Product Highlights:

  • interchangeable side panels let you customize the look of the speakers
  • frequency response: 38-25,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 90 dB
  • nominal impedance: 4 ohms
  • recommended amplifier power: 40-300 watts
  • 1-1/8" silk soft dome tweeter for smooth, detailed high-frequency response
  • 6" polypropylene midrange
  • two 7" polypropylene woofers for dynamic bass performance and linearity
  • contemporary styling with leather-wrapped front, top, and back panels
  • bass-reflex (ported) cabinet design
  • magnetically attached cloth grilles
  • dual heavy-duty binding post speaker terminals with bi-amp/bi-wire capability
  • 10-11/16"W x 41-3/4"H x 14"D
  • weight: 54 lbs.
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • One floor-standing speaker
  • One speaker base
  • 4 Spikes
  • 4 Coins
  • 4 Fixing screws
  • 4 Flat washers
  • 4 Silent blocks (rubber rings)
  • Black cloth mask (grille)
  • Black cloth dust cover
  • Owner's Manual
Reviews

Sonus Faber Chameleon T Reviews

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(2 Reviews)

Sonus Faber Chameleon T

Anonymous from Greenfield, MA on 10/8/2017

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Given the Sonus Faber name one would expect these speakers to be a top notch floor stander. I was not impressed at all. The side panels on one speaker did not want to stay on at the top. Crutchfield sent me replacements but the same thing. They lacked a lot of detail and realistic tones with strings ect..boomy bass. The fake leather rap is thin and one needs to be very careful not to rip it. after reading more about the divers, I realized the driver baskets are pressed steel, not a cast aluminum like other speakers have in this price range. That's a huge shocker and not a corner that should be cut. They make very expensive speakers but this is not one of them.

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Sonus Faber Chameleon T

Mr from Haiku, HI on 4/26/2017

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My quest began with the PSB X2T's and Monitor Audio Silver 6's. Then moved on to the PSB Imagine T, Focal Chorus 726 and Sonus Farber Chameleon T's. The Imagine T was quite good, but a little too polite - despite their Stereophile class B rating. Focals had incredible build quality, but an overly bright sound. The Sonus Farber's have a rich, organic, vinyl like yet detailed sound, throwing out holographic images that trounced the other contenders with a more passionate sound. They sweep you up in an extremely musical atmosphere, capturing the soul of the music instead of being analytical - the have lots of boogie. Its worth noting Sonus Farber makes speakers costing upwards of $140K a pair. The Chameleon T's are handmade in Italy, at the same facility that produces the high end stuff, using DKM German drivers. The more expensive Venere line also use DKM drivers, but are made in China. The Chameleons also look fantastic with the all one piece of leather that wraps them along with the very stylish lacquered exchangeable side panels. I have them set upon a pair of IsoAcoustic stands and couldn't be happier with the results.

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Features and Specs

General
Enclosure Bass Reflex
Finish Leather covered MDF
Color Black
Tweeter Dome
Tweeter Size (inches) 29mm (1.14")
Midrange Size (inches) 150mm (5.9")
Woofer Size (inches) 180mm (7.09")
Woofer Composition Polypropylene
Woofer Surround Rubber
Built-in Powered Sub No
Video-Shielded No
Connector Type Binding posts
Bi-amp Inputs Yes
Parts Warranty 5 Years
Labor Warranty 5 Years
Specifications
Power Range 40-300
Frequency Response 38-25k Hz
Sensitivity 90 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 4
Subwoofer Amp Power ---
Height (inches) 41-3/4
Width (inches) 10-11/16
Depth (inches) 14
Weight 54.013 lbs

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Features

Overview: The Sonus faber Chameleon Collection offers interchangeable side panels to let you customize the look to suit your mood or decor. The side panels are available in six colors: white, black, red, orange, metallic gray, and metallic blue. The Chameleon speakers feature leather-covered MDF cabinets with aluminum side walls, and aluminum flanges around all of the drivers. The collection can be configured for stereo listening or for multi-channel home theater.

Note: One set of Chameleon side panels is included in the price of the speakers, but are not packaged in the speaker box. You will need to choose the color of your side panels when you order.

Chameleon T: The Chameleon T floor-standing speaker features a 3-way vented design with a front-firing port. The speaker cabinet sits on an MDF base, and is mounted at an angle for proper time alignment of the drivers. The Chameleon T comes with a cloth mask (grille) that attaches with magnets to the front of the speaker.

Note: The Chameleon T floor-standing speakers are sold individually.

Drivers: The Chameleon Collection's drivers are all designed by Sonus faber for this series. The Chameleon T is equipped with the following drivers:

  • Tweeter: 29mm (1.14") high definition pre-coated fabric dome tweeter with no ferrofluid.
  • Mid-woofer: 150mm (5.9") polypropylene cone mid-woofer. It has a free compression basket design for dynamic performance and linearity.
  • Woofer: Dual 180mm (7.1") polypropylene cone woofers with a free compression basket design.

Crossover: The Chameleon T has a 250Hz / 2500 Hz three-way crossover.

Wiring Options: The Sonos faber Chameleon T speakers have two sets of binding post terminals--one for the tweeter and one for the mid-woofer. Metal bridges are placed on the terminals to connect the two positive terminals together and the two negative terminals together. This gives you three options for wiring the speakers:

  • Mono Wiring: For mono wiring, the bridges should remain in place. Connect one speaker to the output terminals of the right channel of the amplifier, and the other speaker to the output terminals of the left channel of the amplifier.
  • Bi-Wiring: Bi-wiring a speaker enhances the general overall quality of the sound, particularly in the bass frequencies. To bi-wire the speakers, the bridges should be removed. Two pairs of speaker wires will be needed to wire one pair of speakers, and each pair of terminals are connected separately to the amplifier.
  • Bi-Amplification: Bi-amplification gives you greater dynamics and control over the sound, and allows you to separately increase or decrease the highs and the lows to suit your tastes. Bi-amping requires two stereo amplifiers and two pairs of speaker wires, and the bridges between the terminals should be removed. One amplifier is used to amplify the high frequencies of both left and right channels, with the wires connected to the high frequency terminals of each speaker. The second amplifier is used for the bass frequencies of both left and right channels, and the wires are connected to the low frequency terminals of each speaker.

Specifications:

  • Frequency Response: 38Hz - 25kHz
  • Sensitivity (2.83V/1m): 90 dB SPL
  • Nominal Impedance: 4 ohms
  • Suggested Amplifier Power Output: 40W - 300W (without clipping)
  • Dimensions: Width 10.68" Height 41.74" Depth 13.976"
  • Weight: 54 pounds 0.2 ounces

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