At no time does the Guarneri Tradition show up that it’s a two-way standmount, unless you have the room and the other loudspeakers to compare. Even then, in many cases you would be getting ‘more’ (bass depth, volume headroom) while also getting less (refinement, musical integrity). It’s a trade-off few of us would honestly take!
I started this review praising Sonus faber standmounts, and there’s a reason those classic speakers are so beloved. That reason has translated directly to the Guarneri Tradition. It has a beguiling sound that manages to encapsulate the studio-monitor accuracy required of today’s loudspeakers with the refinement and musical insight of loudspeakers of a generation ago. That’s no mean feat, and makes the Guarneri Tradition not only the latest, but also the best of that Homage range to date. Recommended!
Type: Two-way, ported standmount loudspeaker
Drive unit complement: 1× 2H8 XTR-04 Damped Apex Dome 28mm silk tweeter, 1× W15 XTR-04 180mm cellulose/foam sandwich bass driver
Frequency response: 40Hz–35kHz
Sensitivity: 87dB SPL (2.83V/1m)
Nominal Impedance: 4Ω
Amplifier power handling: 30–250W
Finish: lacquered natural walnut or wenge
Dimensions (H×W×D): 38 × 24 × 37.5cm
Weight: 16kg each (stand 13kg each)
Price: £13,600 per pair (inc. stands)
Manufactured by: Sonus faber
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