Nova Loudspeakers Denton TX

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Dynatech AV, LLC
(469) 252-1700
8904 Yosemite Trail
Crossroads, TX
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Multi-Room Audio, Multi-Room Video
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Jeremy Rhodes, CEDIA Certified Professional Designer, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Custom Audio Concepts Inc.
(972) 335-5767
8992 Preston RoadSte. 110 PMB 241
Frisco, TX
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio
Brands
Atlantic Technology, Channel Plus, Draper, Elan, Epson, Harman Kardon, Infinity, Infocus, HAI, JBL, Lexicon, Lutron, Mitsubishi, Niles, Onkyo, Polk Audio, OnQTechnologies, Panasonic, Parasound, Philips, Rockustics, Sharp, Xantech, Zenith
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Brent Neer, CEDIA Certified Professional Designer- Larry Wade, CEDIA Certified Professional Installer I

MODIA
(817) 748-4388
3030 East Southlake Blvd
Southlake, TX
Services
Home Audio, Design & Installation

DM Home Entertainment
(972) 992-3155
4300 Marsh Ridge Road Suite 112
Carrollton, TX
Services
Home Audio, Design & Installation

Bose Factory Store
(972) 874-0724
Grapevine Mills,3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway
Grapevine, TX
 
proConvergence, LLC
(214) 764-2420
3419 Cross TimbersSte. 103
Flower Mound, TX
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio
Brands
Control4, SpeakerCraft, LG, Atlantic Technology, Triad, Marantz, Netstreams, RTI, DaLite, Tributaries, URC, Lutron, InFocus, Epson, Klipsch, Yamaha, SIM2, dnp, Screen Innovations
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Mike Stidham, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Star Power
(817) 421-3300
1431 E. Southlake BlvdSuite 511
Southlake, TX
Services
Home Audio

STARPOWER
817- 42-1330
1431 E. Southlake Blvd551
SOUTHLAKE, TX
Services
Home Audio, Design & Installation

Hodges Multimedia, LLC
(817) 329-3635
2100 W. Northwest Hwy PMB 1146
Grapevine, TX
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio
Brands
Crestron, Nuvo Technologies, Sonance Speakers, iPort, JVC, Polk Audio, Lutron Lighting, Sonic Shock Alarms, FutureSmart, OnQ, Da-Lite Screens, Seating by Berkline, and Bass; Samsung, Sharp, Triad, Onkyo, Sunfire and more.
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Dale Hodges, CEDIA Certified Professional Designer, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

C&M Hi-Tech Homes Inc.
(817) 819-8800
1900 South Main Street
Grapevine, TX
Services
Home Audio, Design & Installation, Appointment Only

Sound Fusion Nova

sound fusion

Nova SF-80 loudspeakers

as reviewed by Victor Chavira

 

 

Nova - a star that explodes producing a light 100,000 times brighter than the sun

You may have noticed glossy advertisements featuring unusual-looking loudspeakers by Sound Fusion, a new speaker company based near Toronto. Sound Fusion's basic speaker is the two-way stand-mount Luna. The Nova is a Luna atop a bass tower. The Ariel is a powered Luna, and the Hyperion is a powered Nova. Sound Fusion is a branch of a large furniture corporation, and the construction quality of their speakers reflects the company's experience with fine cabinetry. I received a review pair of Novas finished in beautifully patterned birdseye maple.

The organic shape of the Nova (right angles are nowhere to be found) is designed to reduce internal standing waves and edge diffraction, both of which blur transients. The beveled front and back baffles are shaped out of 3-centimeter-thick furniture-grade birch ply. They are attached to the cabinet with gaskets to provide further isolation from vibration. Finally, the drivers are fixed to a carved flange and another gasket before being fitted to the baffle. As a result, the drivers do not come into direct contact with the cabinet. The top cabinet is joined to the bass module, but is isolated by a 15-millimeter-thick slab of birch ply and gaskets. Knocking on the sides of the upper cabinet with my knuckles made a muted thud, while the bass tower produced a more resonant sound.

Optimal placement of the Novas was made difficult by the fact that two people are needed to move these 115-pound, top-heavy towers. I suggest using a dolly or hand truck to maneuver the speakers into their final positions. Then screw in the threaded brass spikes and slide the four compliant pucks underneath each spike. This puts the tweeters 47 inches from the floor, nearly 10 inches higher than the tweeters of my Marten Miles IIs. At first I thought that this would affect my listening position, but the wide dispersion patterns of the ribbon tweeters' meant that the speakers let me remain in my favorite spot on the couch. 

Ribbon tweeters are like a new Pat Metheny CD. I do not need to hear either to know I'm going to like them. The Novas' highs extend to 60kHz, and their upper octaves sound remarkably clear, extended, and detailed. Listening to the Pat Metheny Group's 2002 CD, Speaking of Now, I was impressed by the detailed sound of Antonio Sanchez' drum kit. At times, his superb stick work on the ride cymbal sounded like fine grains of sand. His strikes on a cowbell, with their initial burst of energy and quick decay, were holographically projected between the speakers. Layers of guitar were rendered with individuality and coherence.

The Novas' ability to sift out the fine detail from recordings was one of their strongest assets. Vivaldi's Concerto in G for Two Mandolins by the Pa...

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