Rushing through the halls of the MOC exhibition center in Munich trying to keep all my scheduled meetings and attend all intended showcases, I somehow missed Sonus faber's presentation of their latest speaker line. I have no idea how this happened. I suspect that the emphasis placed by the exhibitor on their top range didn’t allow me to focus on anything else. Due to my oversight it was only months later that I could finally see the speakers with my own eyes for the first time.
And what a treat that is. The new Olympica line which includes the Olympica I stand mount under review looks better than any earlier design from the Italian masters to pay direct tribute to the late Franco Serblin. In fact all three models look as though they'd been designed and built under his supervision. In classic Sonus fashion the design combines leather, quality walnut known only from Italy and Japan and sleek metal trim yet arrives at something new which echoes their most fetching designs from the past.
According to the accompanying literature the Olympian design solutions derive from experience gained with the flagship Aida. The name refers to the monumental Teatro Olimpico, the work of great Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio which was created before his death as a gift to the city of Vicenza between 1580 and 1585. Since 1994 the Teatro Olimpico along with other Palladio buildings in and around Vicenza have been on the UNESCO World Heritage List as "City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto".