At AXPONA 2016 Nola Speakers will be showcasing its new Brio Trio satellite/subwoofer system ($2,700) and demonstrating its Studio Grand Reference Gold floorstanding loudspeaker, which are two compact ultra high-end models that incorporate unique drivers and design attributes to deliver extraordinary musical accuracy. The Brio Trio will be on exhibit within the Manufacturer's Showcase and in Room 402 at the hotel.
The Nola Brio Trio satellite/subwoofer loudspeaker system is a compact, three-piece package featuring Nola's hallmark open baffle design and a novel 1.5-way enclosure for the main speakers. The Brio Trio lives up to its name with dynamic realism that the manufacturer feels far exceeds its compact size of 5.5" x 5.5 x 12" for the satellites. Available in Gloss Black, it's ideal for use as a desktop monitor system or a top-quality 2.1-channel system where space is limited yet uncompromising sound is desired.
The Brio main speaker employs two identical 3.5" drivers, with the upper driver operating in an open baffle as a dipole and the lower driver mounted in a ported chamber. This configuration combines the natural imaging and expansive soundstage provided by the open baffle mounting with the dynamic presence and impact of the enclosure-mounted driver.
The drivers feature a special paper cone/surround design for reduced resonance and a copper pole piece cap that reduces distortion that could otherwise result from unwanted modulation of the motor assembly’s magnetic field. These factors, combined with a low moving mass enables the drivers to provide smooth frequency response to 20 kHz.
The matching subwoofer utilizes an 8" high-power-handling bass driver in a sealed enclosure, powered by a Class A/B 250-watt amplifier. Nola President/CEO Carl Marchisotto chose Class A/B rather than the more typically used Class D subwoofer amp topology because of the A/B design's superior sound quality. The subwoofer provides continuously variable level and crossover frequency controls (from 40Hz – 180Hz, 24dB/octave), 6dB at 35Hz switchable EQ, a phase switch and line-level and speaker-level inputs, enabling it to be seamlessly matched to the Brio main speakers and deliver optimum performance in any system and room.
The Studio Grand Reference Gold is part of Nola's Gold Collection series of ultimate-performance floorstanding loudspeakers and is designed to deliver edge-of-the-art performance in smaller rooms. It uses the same exotic drivers as the other Gold models including a 6.5" Alnico ring magnet woofer with a magnesium cone, cast frame and gold phase plug, a 4.75" Alnico-magnet midrange driver mounted as a dipole in an open baffle (a hallmark of all Nola speakers) and a true ribbon tweeter that is manufactured by Nola to deliver remarkable clarity, definition and speed with no trace of grain or glare. Like the Brio Trio, the Studio Grand Reference Gold offers a natural tonal balance for voices and instruments along with lifelike dynamics and extraordinary clarity. It excels at conveying the soundspace of the original performance.
Beautifully finished in True Piano Rosewood or True Piano Black Gloss with a True Piano Black base, the Studio Grand Reference Gold is available for $19,800 per pair. An optional ball bearing isolation platform is also available.