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Sonus Faber Venere 2.0

Bookshelf speakers (Walnut)

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Overview

Our take on the Sonus Faber Venere 2.0

Over the years we've seen and heard more than our fair share of speakers here at Crutchfield, so it's hard not to feel a little jaded at times. But when the folks from Sonus faber paid us a visit, even us "old timers" who have seen it all were immediately taken by the look and style of their speakers. Of course, it's the sound that really counts, right? No problem there! When they fired up the Venere 2.0 bookshelf speakers, we were floored. 

Sonus faber Venere 2.0 in walnut with stand

The Venere 2.0 shown in a walnut finish with the optional Sonus faber Venere 2.0 stand.

This beauty is a beast

Over the years we've seen and heard more than our fair share of speakers here at Crutchfield, so it's hard not to feel a little jaded at times. But when the folks from Sonus faber paid us a visit, even us "old timers" who have seen it all were immediately taken by the look and style of their speakers. Of course, it's the sound that really counts, right? No problem there! When they fired up the Venere 2.0 bookshelf speakers, we were floored. 

It's not every day that we experience such impressive sound coming from a compact, stand-mounted speaker. The Venere 2.0s delivered powerful room-filling sound that was fast, detailed, and "locked-in". The speakers seemed to simply disappear, leaving only a wide, deep soundstage with pinpoint imaging that placed instruments precisely around the room. Vocals were especially warm and natural, as well. Bravo, Sonus faber!

Inspiration from the past

Sonus faber has long been known for both the sonic and visual beauty of their speakers. And just looking at the Venere 2.0, I'd say they've knocked it out of the park again. These sleek, solidly built bookshelf speakers take their design cues from the lyre string instrument, to deliver exceptionally accurate and natural sound.

By combining the curving, fluid shape of that ancient acoustic instrument with state-of-the-art technology and careful tuning by ear, Sonus faber has created a speaker that vividly brings all your home entertainment to life — whether you're using a single pair for stereo music, or creating a complete surround sound system. The Venere 2.0s are ideal for use in medium- to larger-sized rooms, and designed to yield peak performance when used with their dedicated Sonus faber speaker stands.

Better cabinet construction improves performance

Cabinet vibration, or resonance, can add coloration and distortion to music and vocals. To mask resonance, many speaker manufacturers heavily damp their cabinets. While effective, over-damping can also thicken and dull the sound of your music. Instead of taking a sledgehammer approach to killing vibration, Sonus faber carefully shapes and tunes its cabinets to work in synergy with the drivers. Using curved, non-parallel internal surfaces to control enclosure resonance, these speakers are able to reproduce sound that is clean, lively, and dynamic.

Beyond just looking pretty, the Venere 2.0's unique cabinet offers other benefits, as well. Its curved, sloping front baffle aligns the woofer and tweeter to provide a better sonic transition between drivers, and ensure that low- and high-frequency sounds reach your ears at the same time, for greater clarity. The front-firing port and narrowly tapering rear of the cabinet help reduce interaction between the speaker and the wall, making placement easier and less critical. And Sonus faber utilizes a tempered-glass top-panel to eliminate high-frequency vibration which can lead to distortion, harshness, and listening fatigue. All of these advanced cabinet building techniques and materials result in speakers with impressive transparency and a deep, expansive soundstage.

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Product Highlights:

  • frequency response: 45-25,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 88 dB
  • nominal impedance: 6 ohms
  • recommended amplifier power: 50-200 watts
  • 1-1/8" silk soft dome tweeter for smooth, detailed high-frequency response
  • 7" thermo-molded polypropylene textile Curv cone woofer to enhance stiffness and reduce mass for greater speed and accuracy
  • curved cabinets for increased rigidity and reduced internal standing waves
  • bass-reflex (ported) cabinet design
  • high-quality crossovers for greater accuracy
  • dual heavy-duty binding post speaker terminals with bi-amp/bi-wire capability
  • optional dedicated Sonus faber Venere 2.0 stands for enhanced performance
  • 9-3/4"W x 17-3/4"H x 13-5/16"D
  • weight: 15.4 lbs. (each)
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • 2 Bookshelf loudspeakers
  • 2 Grilles
  • Owner's Manual
Reviews

Sonus Faber Venere 2.0 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(1 Review)

Beautiful, detailed sound

Daniel from Seattle, WA on 6/24/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I don't have room for big sound in my small apartment. Sonus Faber Venere 2.0 fits my space and pairs very well with my MaiA DS. Sound is smooth, detailed, and beautifully imaged. I have no trouble locating individual instruments on the sound stage, which feels deep and natural. The speakers lack deep bass. That suits my circumstances, and my lovely amp won't drive a lot of deep bass anyway. I bought the matched stands. The stands take a fair bit of work to assemble. They look great, isolate the speakers from the floor, and put the speakers at the right height for me. I don't claim to have auditioned dozens of speakers for this purchase and so I can't claim these are OMG THE BEST THING EVER. I can say these speakers look and sound beautiful and are well worth the price. If you need deep bass, find a good subwoofer to pair it with and take the plunge.

Pros: Transparent, detailed sound stage.  No obvious dips or peaks in frequency response.  Fine with low-power amps.

Cons:  Lacking low bass.  Stand assembly can be a little confusing or difficult without two people.

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Features and Specs

Enclosure Bass Reflex
Video Shielded No
Tweeter Type Dome
Tweeter Size (inches) 1
Midrange Size (inches) N/A
Woofer Size (inches) 7
Woofer Composition Polypropylene composite
Woofer Surround Rubber
Power Range 50-200
Sensitivity 88 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 6
Frequency Response 45-25k Hz
Connector Type Post
Bi-amp Inputs Yes
Height (inches) 17-3/4
Width (inches) 9-3/4
Depth (inches) 13-5/16
Weight (pounds) 15.5
Mounting Bracket Included No
Recommended Stand Height (inches) 27.5
Parts Warranty 5 Years
Labor Warranty 5 Years

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Features

Two-Way Speaker Design: The Sonus faber Venere 2.0 bookshelf loudspeaker utilizes a two-way design with custom-built drivers by the best international manufacturers for natural, well-balanced, non-fatiguing sound. Each driver is built exclusively to Sonus faber's own specific design and specifications using special software and then perfected and reviewed by ear.

  • Tweeter: The Venere 2.0 features one Sonus faber designed 1" pre-coated fabric, silk dome tweeter with no ferrofluid created by DKM (German based company).
  • Mid-woofer: The Venere 2.0 loudspeaker features a single Sonus faber designed 7" polypropylene composite, textured Curve cone mid-woofer with a rubber surround and a free compression basket design for ultra dynamic performance and linearity; manufactured by Germany-based Propex. 

Crossover Network: The two-way bookshelf loudspeaker employs a precision crossover (2,500Hz) using high-quality components to ensure an even frequency response and smooth transition over the entire audible range of all drivers for a well-balanced, natural sound.

Cabinet Design: The Venere 2.0 bookshelf speaker feature a CNC (Computer Numerical Controlled) gloss-lacquer-coated MDF cabinet that is rigid and beautiful.  Unlike other speaker manufactures that want to mask the sound of the cabinet, Sonus faber designs it speaker cabinets so they work in synergy with the drivers and perfectly complement one another for a perfect sound.

  • Lyre Inspired: The speaker cabinet's shape is inspired by the Lyre string instrument to ensure the absence of parallel internal surfaces to control air movement inside the cabinet and create sound that is dynamic, clean, rich in detail, and natural. The Lyre inspired cabinet guarantees exceptional control of internal resonance, perfect acoustics, excellent driver stability, and room-friendly placement.
  • Sloped Front Baffle: The sloping front baffle, featuring curved lines, allows for perfect timing and effective transition between the drivers, always ensuring an excellent listening experience.
  • Tempered-Glass Top: The speaker cabinet features a tempered-glass top-panel which is used to eliminate high frequency vibration which can lead to distortion, harshness, and listening fatigue.
  • Front-Firing Port: The Venere 2.0 bookshelf speaker uses a front-firing slot port to aid in delivering exciting, impactful bass response that is accurate and not "boomy".

Colors & Finishes: The Sonus faber Venere 2.0 bookshelf loudspeaker is available in a gloss black or gloss white lacquer finish, or a walnut wood veneer finish.

Dual Heavy-Duty Binding Posts: On the back panel of Sonus faber Venere 2.0 bookshelf loudspeakers are dual heavy duty binding post terminals that allow you to bi-wire or bi-amp the speaker. These binding post terminals will accept large diameter wire (up to 10AWG), banana plugs (single only), and spade lugs.

  • Bi-Wiring: Bi-wiring can provide noticeable improvements in the overall transparency of your loudspeakers. Run separate speaker wires to the low & high frequency drivers from a single amplifier (the upper set of binding posts are for the high frequency drivers; the lower set of binding posts are for the low frequency drivers).
  • Bi-Amping: Bi-amping allows you to use separate amplifiers for the high & low frequency sections of your loudspeaker for greater dynamic range & lower distortion. We recommend that your separate amplifiers have identical gain to preserve the speaker's voicing balance.

Optional Floor Stands: Sonus faber makes a specially designed floor stand (968VNRSTND, sold separately) for the Venere 2.0 bookshelf speakers. The stand includes a tempered glass base and adjustable aluminum feet providing a great look, along with functionality and stability. The aluminum feet allow for the effective coupling to the floor, producing sound that is even cleaner and more vivid.

Note: This bookshelf loudspeaker is not designed to be wall mounted.

Applications: This two-way bookshelf loudspeaker, like all members of the Venere family, is easy to use and suitable for placement in a variety of 2-channel stereo, multi-channel or home theatre environments.

Colors & Finishes: The Sonus faber Venere 2.0 bookshelf loudspeaker is available in a gloss black or gloss white lacquer finish, or a walnut wood veneer finish.

Placement: Loudspeaker placement in a room can greatly affect performance. Placement near a wall, corner, or any intersecting surfaces will reinforce or diminish some bass frequencies. Try various locations by listening to music containing continuous bass and finding a location where there is an over all musical balance in the sound and the bass content does not dominate.

  • Sonus faber recommends starting with placing the speakers at least 1' from the back wall and then pull out one speaker until the bass is evident, but not "boomy" from the speaker being too close to the wall or "thin" from it being too far from the wall. Then begin to pull out the other speaker until the bass sounds even from the main listening position (the speakers don't necessarily have to be the same distance from the wall).
  • Once you have determined the distance from the back wall, its time to determine the distance between of each speaker on either side o the main listening position. Start at equal distance on either side of the listening position and then move the speakers inward and outward until you hear and feel that the singer's vocal are coming directly in front of you with instruments playing on either side of you. If the speakers are too close together, you'll get a "squashed" sound and if they are too far apart, you'll get more of an "echo" sound.
  • Now, you'll want to "toe-in" the speaker toward the main listening position. By turning the speakers in toward the main listening area, you'll prevent too much reflection from outer walls and deliver more sound information to the listener. "Toe-in" the speaker only a little bit for a wider sound stage; the more you "toe-in" the speaker, the narrower the "sweet-spot" will get.
  • Finally, use the optional floor stand's adjustable feet to adjust the "Rake" angle of the speaker. The Venere series loudspeakers' front-baffle is already slightly angled and may not need adjusting. By increasing the "Rake" angle, you'll elevate the sound of the main listening area for a more open sound and feel.

Break-In Period: Sonus faber recommends 100 to 250 hours of break-in to get the most of their Venere series of loudspeakers. You may have to reconfigure the placement of the speakers after break-in period.

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