Sonus faber Chameleon speakers offered with multiple colour options

Sonus faber is best known for its high-end luxury speakers, but the Italian company also has a more affordable range starting from £430.

The new Chameleon line-up comprises three models, each hand-made in Italy and wrapped in leather: the Chameleon B bookshelf (£700/pair), the Chameleon T (for "Tower") floorstander (£1670/pair) and the Chameleon C centre (£430 each). Each model comes with one set of side panels.

Additional side panels are available in a choice of colours: black, white, blue, grey, orange and red. More colours will be released in the coming months. The cost of the extra sets of panels is £42 (for two) on the Chameleon C, and £145 and £332 (four panels each) respectively for the Chameleon B and T.

Of course there's more to these speakers than just some fancy colour options. The high performance drive units are designed in-house by Sonus faber, using polypropylene for the bass/midrange cones and a 29mm fabric dome tweeter.

The circular drive unit surrounds are made from aluminium, and the sloping front baffle is designed to aid time alignment. There are two 18cm woofers and a 15cm midrange driver on the floorstander, a single 15cm mid/bass unit on the bookshelf and centre speakers. The latter also gets a 15cm passive radiator.

Nominal impedance is 4Ohms on all three models, while sensitivity is 87dB/w/m on the B and T models, 90dB on the centre channel.

Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.