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D-BEN Security Systems, Inc.
(845) 565-4024
P.O. 7034
Newburgh, NY
Services
Audio / Video, Central Vac, Home Theater, Multi-Room Audio, Security / Access Control / Surveillance / Gate Access
Brands
Denon, NAD, LG, PSB, Proficient, Russound, Pioneer, Anthony Gallo, Adcom, Boston Acoustics, JBL, Sherwood, Monster Power, Electrolux, Ademco (Honeywell), DSC, OnQ, Leviton
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Gregory DeBenedictus, CEDIA Certified Professional Installer I

Aarlington Audio
(845) 452-9100
Suite 1331134 - 488 Freedom Plains Road
Poughkeepsie, NY
Services
Home Audio

Cyber Home Networks, Inc
(845) 223-1628
PO Box 10
Stormville, NY
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio
Brands
Our Main Brands Carried Are: LiteTouch, Elan, Middle Atlantic, AMX, EAS, UStec, HAI (Five Star Dealers), SpeakerCraft and Many More. Our design will dictate which product choice will be the best for each project we work on.
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Michael Kelly, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Aarlington Audio
(845) 452-9100
Suite 1331134 - 488 Freedom Plains Road
Poughkeepsie, NY
Services
Home Audio

P.C. Richard & Son
(845) 623-1083
293 East Route 59
Nanuet, NY
 
Bose Factory Store
(845) 928-4663
Woodbury Commons Chelsea Premium Outlets,646 Bluebird Court
Central Valley, NY
 
Best Buy
128 Bailey Farm Road
Monroe, NY
 
Integrated Electronic Solutions
(914) 422-0071
731 N. BroadwaySte. 201
White Plains, NY
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio
Brands
Crestron, Lutron, Sharp, Sonance, Integra, JBL Synthesis, Runco, Chief, Vudu, Kaleidescape, Velodyne, etc.
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Ever Espino, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Audio Video Systems
(516) 739-1010
25 Adams Court
Plainview, NY
 
Sensorium AV
(212) 246-9308
116 Central Park SouthSte. 3N
New York, NY
Services
Acoustical Design, Audio / Video, Home Theater, Multi-Room Audio, Wire and Cable / Power Management
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Bryan Bilgore, 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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