Nova Loudspeakers Easley SC

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Stereo Video Inc.
(864) 234-0000
2386 Laurens Road
Greenville, SC
Services
Home Audio, Design & Installation

Best Buy
1125 Woodruff Rd
Greenville, SC
 
H.H. Gregg
(864) 329-9025
36 Park Woodruff
Greenville, SC
 
Bose Factory Store
(864) 488-2673
Gaffney Premium Outlets,165 Factory Shops Boulevard
Gaffney, SC
 
A NewWave Consulting Company Inc.
(864) 335-8658
20 Spring Forest COURT
Greenville, SC
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio
Brands
Dell, Sony, Russound, LiteTouch, SONOS, Yamaha, Chief, Pioneer, DirecTV, HughesNET, Polk, Terra, Bose, Escient, Harman/Kardon, InFocus, JVC, Lutron, Marantz, Monster Power and Cable, Niles, OnQ, Panasonic, Samsung, Toshiba, Universal Remote
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Brian Fulbright, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Chad Knutson, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Nick Moody, CEDIA Certified Professional Designer, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Justin Roberson, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

H.H. Gregg
(864) 329-9025
36 Park Woodruff
Greenville, SC
 
A NewWave Consulting Company Inc.
(864) 335-8658
20 Spring Forest COURT
Greenville, SC
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio
Brands
Dell, Sony, Russound, LiteTouch, SONOS, Yamaha, Chief, Pioneer, DirecTV, HughesNET, Polk, Terra, Bose, Escient, Harman/Kardon, InFocus, JVC, Lutron, Marantz, Monster Power and Cable, Niles, OnQ, Panasonic, Samsung, Toshiba, Universal Remote
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Brian Fulbright, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Chad Knutson, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Nick Moody, CEDIA Certified Professional Designer, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Justin Roberson, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Stereo Video Inc.
(864) 234-0000
2386 Laurens Road
Greenville, SC
Services
Home Audio, Design & Installation

Best Buy
1987 Sam Rittenberg Blvd
Charleston, SC
 
Custom Theater & Audio
(843) 357-2121
5035 Highway 17 Bypass
Murrells Inlet, SC
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio
Brands
B&W, Berkline, Crestron, Definitive Technology, Denon, Elan, Escient, Fujitsu, Lexicon, LG, Lutron, Mitsubishi, Monster Cable, Niles, Panasonic, Pioneer Elite, Rotel, Runco, SharpVision, Sonance, Stewart Filmscreen, Toshiba Cinema, Yamaha
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Tom Ramirez, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

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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