By Samantha Coles
This story originally appeared in the May/June 2017 issue of Elite Traveler.
Clarity of technological thought meets understated style with these pieces of audio equipment.
The new Homage Tradition collection is made up of the Guarneri, the Amati and the new Serafino—a 3.5-way floor-standing speaker that takes its name from the rich history of Italian violin making. The Amati Tradition (pictured) has “Zero Vibration Transmission” technology and comes in two finishes: traditional walnut wood essence with black inlays and brushed black aluminum and black leather, or Wenge wood essence—used for the first time by Sonus Faber— with maple inlays and brushed aluminum in titanium finish and brown leather.
Amati Tradition $29,000, sonusfaber.com
All of Linn’s products are built by hand and each one bears the name of the person who made it. The company’s new speaker (released in March) is a new version of its flagship loudspeaker, the Klimax 350, and is the most advanced speaker Linn has made to date.With groundbreaking Katalyst DAC architecture and built-in Exakt technology, the result is free of distortion, bringing you closer than ever to the original recording. It comes in a variety of finishes and bespoke options are available.
From $61,000, linn.co.uk
The sound system of choice for renowned classical Italian singer Andrea Bocelli, Architettura Sonora produces high quality systems that blend effortlessly into their surroundings. In Bocelli’s case, the Sphere 470 in Tuscan terracotta is so seamlessly hidden in the bushes surrounding his swimming pool that it seems as though the bushes themselves are radiating music. Also available in concrete and alternative stones.
From $3,800, architetturasonora.com