Sonus Faber expands beyond the living room with Aster, its first outdoor speaker

Sonus Faber Aster
(Image credit: Sonus Faber)

Sonus Faber has revealed its first-ever outdoor speaker, the fittingly named Aster (though we’re sorry to report it doesn’t come in the flower’s typical purple hue). Appropriately for its alfresco purpose, the black- or white-finished Aster is rather more muted in appearance than the company’s famously striking wooden loudspeaker designs. That said, it's almost cute enough for its own Pixar lamp-style animations, don't you think?

Designed to bring music beyond the walls of a home, including in public spaces such as restaurants, hotels and museums, it also fits the outdoor speaker brief by being IP65 certified, meaning it should be dust-tight and protected against water projected from a nozzle.

Sonus Faber has aimed to make the debut outdoor speaker easy to install – even for outdoor speaker novices – via a mounting bracket system that facilitates the tilting of the speaker in 15-degree increments without having to more labouringly adjust it with a screw.

Sonus Faber Aster

(Image credit: Sonus Faber)

The Italian brand says that the Aster's two symmetrically positioned passive radiators enable it to deliver “rich bass immersion” and a “surreal listening experience”.

The Sonus Faber Aster is available to order now from £375 / $450 (AU$tbc), though we imagine it will be displayed at the ISE 2023 show in Barcelona (which kicks off today) alongside the company’s new Arena flagship range of custom-install speakers and its older Palladio CI models.


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Becky Roberts

Becky is the managing editor of What Hi-Fi? and, since her recent move to Melbourne, also the editor of Australian Hi-Fi magazine. During her 10 years in the hi-fi industry, she has been fortunate enough to travel the world to report on the biggest and most exciting brands in hi-fi and consumer tech (and has had the jetlag and hangovers to remember them by). In her spare time, Becky can often be found running, watching Liverpool FC and horror movies, and hunting for gluten-free cake.