Nova Loudspeakers Marina CA

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Best Buy
390 Northridge Mall
Salinas, CA
 
Digital Home Convergence Designs
(831) 240-4494
PO Box 7060
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio, Multi-Room Video
Brands
Netstreams, Kaleidescape, Control4, Sunfire, All major consumer electronics brands
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Carl Gadener, CEDIA Certified Professional Designer

Dwell Designs
(415) 337-0602
2 Vista Verde Ct.
Burlingame, CA
 
Pacific Sales Kitchen & Bath
(760) 827-2200
6100 Paseo Del Norte
Carlsbad, CA
 
Pacific Sales Kitchen & Bath
(510) 428-4279
3839 Emery St.
Emeryville, CA
 
Inter@ctive Sound & Wireless
(831) 770-1671
728 E. Alisal Street
Salinas, CA
 
Kartunes auto stereo and alarm in Seaside CA
(831) 394-1700
767 Boadway Ave
Seaside, CA
Services
sales, service and installation of mobile electronics

Hidden Connections, Inc. ~Founding Member~
(510) 865-3940
PMB 300/909 Marina Village Parkway
Alameda, CA
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Multi-Room Audio, Telephone Systems
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Mellow Honek, CEDIA Certified Professional Designer

Z-Tech Electronics
(213) 622-5690
229 West 7Th St.
Los Angeles, CA
 
Automated Solutions
(858) 677-0200
9863 Pacific Heights Blvd.Ste. A
San Diego, CA
Services
Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio, Multi-Room Video
Brands
Crestron, Integra, SIM2, JVC, Infocus, Kaleidescape, James Loudspeakers, Speakercraft, UltraLink, Pioneer Elite, SunBrite, Canton, CDGi Theater Interiors & Seating, Screen Research Theater Screens, Panasonic, Nuvo, RTI, OnQ, Leviton
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Mark McCormack, CEDIA Certified Professional Designer, 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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