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Sonus Faber Elipsa SE: Sophisticated sound

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A pair of brilliant-sounding speakers that look like the deck of a yacht and cost about as much per square foot.

The Elipsa Special Edition floorstanding loudspeakers are the latest addition to Italian manufacturer Sonus Faber's Cremona collection, and as such, they look like they were carved from the hull of an Amalfi Coast yacht.

The speakers use the same ring-radiator tweeter as the company's Stradivari Homage flagship model, promising clear enough high notes to make you feel like you've raised John Coltrane from the dead. (Or landed a seat onstage watching soprano Joan Sutherland perform, if that's more your speed.)

The speakers have an elliptical cabinet shape intended to create a wide, deep soundstage that can be shoe-horned into your acoustically-challenged living room. For a classy pair like this, however, you'll probably have to renovate the whole house. (Just saying.)

The Sonus Faber Ellipsa SE speakers can be purchased through the company's U.S. importer, Sumiko Audio. $22,900.

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Amy Kraft

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Contributing Editor Amy Kraft is a freelance writer based in New York. She has written for New Scientist and DNAinfo and has produced podcasts for Scientific American's 60-Second-Science. She holds degrees from CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Follow her on Twitter. Disclosure