Nova Loudspeakers Union NJ

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Best Buy
2391 Route 22 W
Union, NJ
 
P.C. Richards
(908) 810-2800
2264 Route 22
Union, NJ
 
Sixth Avenue Electronics City
(973) 467-3905
22 Route 22 West
Springfield, NJ
 
6th Avenue Electronics
(973) 924-8576
22 Route 22 West
Springfield, NJ
Services
Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, 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:- Sam Assadourian, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Craig Eddy, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Peter Halkias, CEDIA Certified Professional Designer, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- John Malamis, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Netzer Martinez, CEDIA Certified Professional Designer, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Jorge Mora, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Stuarts Audio - Video
(908) 232-0483
544 North Avenue E.
Westfield, NJ
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Multi-Room Audio, Multi-Room Controls
Brands
Crestron,Litetouch,Mcintosh,Rel,Sonus Faber,Rel,B&W,Pioneer Elite,Marantz,Sharp,Transparent,Tributaries, Niles, Speakercraft, Salamander,Middle Atlantic, Request,Rotel,Runco,Samsung,Chief,Classe, Simaudio,Peachtree,Klipsch,Sonos,Leon
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- David Klugel, CEDIA Certified Professional Installer I- Glen Negri, CEDIA Certified Professional Installer I- Edgar Ortiz, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Scott Wiggins, CEDIA Certified Professional Installer I

Electronics Expo
(908) 964-9990
2260 Us Route 22
Union, NJ
 
Best Buy
2235 Springfield Ave
Vauxhall, NJ
 
Electronics Expo
(973) 256-1223
79 Willowbrook Rd.
Maplewood, NJ
 
Bose Showcase Store
(973) 376-2010
The Mall At Short Hills,1200 Morris Turnpike
Short Hills, NJ
 
Stuarts
(908) 232-0483
544 North Avenue East
Westfield, NJ
Services
Home Audio, Design & Installation

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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