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Edifier Airpulse A300 Review

We review the Edifier Airpulse A300, which is a pair of wired or wireless aptX-capable active bookshelf speakers designed by Phil Jones. It is priced at $1499.99 Disclaimer: This is a sample sent in exchange for our honest opinion. Headfonics is an independent website that does not have any affiliate links. We thank both Airpulse and Edifier for their support.  You can click here to learn more about Edifier products we have previously covered on Headfonics. Note, that this article follows our latest scoring guidance […]

Edifier Airpulse A300 Review

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Klipsch Expands High Resolution Powered Speaker Series

Indianapolis, Ind. (January 31, 2023) — Klipsch®a leading premium global audio company, is pleased to announce the addition of the larger, more powerful, and dynamic The Nines and The Sevens powered speakers to its award-winning lineup of Heritage Wireless series of speakers, which includes The Fives (2020). Designed with luxury materials such as real wood veneer and tactile switches and knobs, Klipsch Heritage Wireless speakers blend the acoustics and classic design legacy of Paul W. Klipsch with the latest technologies available today.

Klipsch The Nines and The Sevens powered speakers deliver room-filling sound with minimum space required, thanks to a built-in amplifier that is custom-engineered to maximize output and sound quality. The speakers are extremely versatile, easy to set-up and use, and connect to virtually everything — including a TV via HDMI-ARC. They include an integrated phono pre-amp, Bluetooth® wireless technology, digital optical, analog RCA, USB inputs and a subwoofer output. Klipsch The Nines and The Sevens are bi-amplified for improved clarity and output. The powered monitors feature a 192kHz / 24-bit decoding for flawless reproduction of high-resolution audio tracks.

Klipsch Heritage Wireless powered speakers incorporate award-winning, proprietary Klipsch Reference acoustic horn-loaded technology and tuning to deliver loud and precise audio with enhanced bass and low distortion. Bulit-in dynamic bass equalization matches the ear’s ability to hear lower frequencies, delivering powerful bass at any volume. Klipsch The Nines and The Sevens feature 1” titanium tweeters on Tractrix® horns. Larger in size and output, The Nines feature 240W total system power and an all-new 8” long-throw high excursion composite cone woofer. Mid-sized The Sevens, with 200W total system power, use a 6.5” long-throw woofer for room filling sound and enhanced bass. The speakers are available in Walnut and Black veneer finishes.

Klipsch The Nines and The Sevens powered monitors are compatible with the Klipsch Connect App, giving users access to customize EQ and subwoofer volume settings, dynamic bass, night listening mode, over-the-air firmware upgrades, a digital quick-start guide, and much more.

Klipsch The Nines (US MSRP $1,499) and The Sevens (US MSRP $1,299) powered speakers are available now at Klipsch.com, Crutchfield.com and AudioAdvice.com. For more information, visit Klipsch.com.

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About Klipsch Audio

In 1946 Paul W. Klipsch, inventor, acoustics pioneer and maverick, founded Klipsch Audio with the sole purpose of bringing the power, detail and emotion of the live music experience into his living room. Through the use of highly efficient speaker designs, handcrafted cabinetry and a thirst for real engineering breakthroughs – Klipsch, the great American loudspeaker company, was born in Hope, AR. Today, our diverse range of quality audio products includes speakers and headphones for almost any consumer and professional application – including cinema, whole-house, wireless, home theater and portable offerings. Honoring our founder’s legacy, Klipsch continues to be the legendary high-performance brand of choice for audiophiles and aficionados around the world. We are the Keepers of the Sound®

“Klipsch® is a trademark of Klipsch Group, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Klipsch Group, Inc. is a VOXX International Company (NASDAQ: VOXX).

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Townshend Maximum super tweeters Review

I recently was introduced to a superb but very expensive add-on product known as a “super tweeter” designed and manufactured by Kan Sound Lab in Japan. I was not even familiar with this type of transducer or what it purports to do, and was quite surprised when it was first inserted into my main system. The experience caused me to do more research into the theory and history of super tweeters. One thing that became evident from my research is that, like main speakers, ST manufacturers employ different designs. However, most STs have some things in common. The most evident is that many (if not most) are ribbon tweeters. The composition of the ribbon, the frequency extension at the top end, and the crossover points are what most obviously differ in the specs for these STs.

 

The Townshend Maximum

As my next step I ordered a pair of Townshend Maximum super tweeters to see if the effects of the Kan ST would be replicated. As you will see, STs are a real thing, but with somewhat differing sonic effects, and I will try to parse that out for you.

The Townshend Maximum is quite small, uses an aluminum ribbon tweeter, and incorporates extremely powerful magnets that literally cause the ST to “stick” to metal. It’s delivered price (you can order it directly from Townshend) was $1,000, which at the exchange rate at the time was a great bargain. It can be ordered in silver or black (I got silver) and comes with a short speaker cable intended to connect to the terminals of the main speaker. I ordered a longer cable, as I connected the Townshend Maximum directly to my amp (the terminals on my Vivid speakers are a hassle to access).

I placed the Maximums on adjustable DJ stands next to and on the inner side of each of my Vivids, right at tweeter height. This was necessary as the Vivids don’t have a flat top that can accommodate placement of the Maximum. In most cases, where speakers have a flat top, the Maximums will simply be placed on top of the speaker, flush with the speaker’s front face. Very simple.

The Townshend Maximum control has six settings that are illustrated on the graph above. For me, “less is more,” and I settled on setting #2. Setting #3 was very close, but just a bit too much on several recordings.

It’s important to note the very different design philosophies that apply to the Maximum vs the Kan STs. Even at its lowest crossover setting, the Kan doesn’t kick in until 11 kHz, and you can also choose 19kHz and 23kHz (I reviewed it using the 19 kHz setting), while the Townshend Maximum begins to blend in at 6 kHz (though this also varies depending upon the setting you choose). This can be verified by putting your ear right up to each ST. My conscious hearing can no longer discern 19 kHz signals, so I heard nothing when I did this with the Kan. However, with the Townshend Maximum I could hear a very faint signal. To be clear, this did not in any way reduce the very positive effects of the Maximum on my system (I couldn’t hear anything after moving 6-12 inches away from the Townshend).

One of the reasons I chose the Townshend Maximum as the next ST to evaluate is that its frequency range extends to 90 kHz. Several others drop out in the 50-60 kHz range (the Kan extends to 100 kHz). My Vivid G1s already extend to 44 kHz, so I wanted to make sure that I wasn’t adding just a bit of high frequency extension; I wanted to get as close to 100 kHz as possible, or beyond.

 

Listening

The Townshend Super Tweeters took some time to break in — not very much, but enough so that the user should reserve judgement until at least 50 hours of playing time. Initially I thought the Townshend created a bit of a “hotter” presentation at the top end, but this disappeared with break-in. In particular, I found that running the Glide Tone, Pink Noise and White Noise tracks on the Ayre Acoustics Irrational But Efficacious disc on repeat for two hours was beneficial.

As was the case when listening to the Kan, inserting the Townshend Maximum super tweeters into my system immediately created the sensation of a more authentic “live” experience. Being a bit more descriptive, the Maximum immediately expanded the vertical dispersion of the soundstage, similar to many electrostatic speakers. Even though the transducers in my Vivid G1s have a very wide radiating pattern and create a wide sweet spot for a flexible listening position, I can nonetheless hear a degradation in the musical picture when I stand up from the prime (seated) position. The Townshend really minimizes the difference, thus actually creating an improved listening experience when several people are standing up in my dedicated listening room. This has never been much of a concern for me in the past, as the room is rarely used as a general gathering place for guests. However, since making use of super tweeters, I’ve realized that music sounds better even when it’s background for people standing and chatting in the room. Anyone whose main speakers have narrow dispersion should benefit greatly from adding the Townshends (or comparable STs).

The Townshend Maximums also added a much greater sense of space. This sense of space affected all dimensions: the space between performers; the space above, in front ,and behind the performers; and the layering of the performers. The chorus in Steely Dan’s Babylon Sisters really popped, just like you would expect to hear it in a good intimate music venue. Similarly, acapella recordings really took on a “you-are-there” feeling. A great example is The Nylons’ One Size Fits All. Every performer has his place, but the vocals nonetheless blend seamlessly.

The other ST effects that I previously experienced with the Kan ST — faster response, smoother top end, and more defined bass and mids — were also present, just not as obviously as with the Kan. However, this should not be taken as a negative. Adding the Townshends was like upgrading my Vivid G1s without the extra expense or hassle of selling them and buying/installing/breaking in new speakers. It’s just that it’s not quite as big of an upgrade as the Kan. By analogy, you can buy a really fast and nimble race car for $90,000, but if you want to complete a lap 1.1 seconds faster, you’ll likely need to spend $250,000+. If you have top notch speakers and amplification and want to see (hear?) something better, the Townshend Maximums may very well be your most cost-effective option. For example, owners of $20k speakers may need to sell them for $12k and spend $25-30k on new speakers. You may very well be able to get the same improvements for $1k. In that case, the Maximum Super Tweeter is a bargain.

Conclusion

Since my evaluation of the Maximum ST in my main system I’ve had the opportunity to try it in my secondary system: B&W SCM1 (basically an 805) plus dual NHT powered subwoofers.The improvements described above were readily discernible in that system, too, despite non-optimal placement of the speakers and subs. I concluded that, regardless of which ST I decide on for my main system, the Townshend is going to stay because it improves a wide range of systems. Definitely recommended.

 

POSTSCRIPT

Since reviewing the Townshend Maximum and the Kan I have identified some other STs available on the market and plan to continue my investigations into this fascinating component category. In particular, I’ve identified a company, TakeT, that makes a product called TAKET-LIVE. It uses an omnidirectional piezo-electric driver and claims to have the benefits of other STs, but with enhanced dimensionality. Stay tuned.

 

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NAD Electronics and PSB Speakers Join The Cinema Designer

Cloud-based design tool TCD allows NAD and PSB custom installers to generate powerful, all-in-one cinema room designs

ISE, Barcelona, SPAIN, JANUARY 26, 2023 – Canadian manufacturer and distributor, Lenbrook International, is delighted to announce that their award winning line of AV Receivers, processors and power amplifiers by NAD Electronics, alongside a range of Custom Install Solutions by PSB Speakers are now available on The Cinema Designer’s (TCD) online database.

“NAD Electronics and PSB Speakers are brands with a long history of providing great sound to our end customers, but the environment in which they are placed can have a huge impact on the end result, particularly in an immersive audio system. The Cinema Designer takes the guess work out of the design stage and calculates all of the requirements to generate a detailed design. TCD optimises the AV performance in a media room or home cinema, getting the very best out of the components and giving the client the best experience.” says Peter Gibb, CI Business Development for Europe at Lenbrook.

“TCD is delighted to add NAD Electronics and PSB Speakers to our database of products. These brands have great heritage in the audio industry and have a proven track record of performance and reliability,” says TCD inventor, Guy Singleton. “NAD’s philosophy of Full Disclosure Power on their amplifiers fits perfectly with our ethos of having accurate specifications for products so that TCD’s end result matches the design it creates.”

TCD is a cloud-based design tool that allows AV professionals to design any dedicated cinema or media room in minutes. Users can create technically impeccable dedicated cinema or media room designs, support documents, and aesthetic renders that reflect the way the finished room will look, calculating and producing in minutes what would take an experienced cinema designer weeks to complete. TCD can also create a 3D CAD drawing for any cinema or media room in under 30 seconds and produces comprehensive documentation that meets the minimum standard required to enter the CEDIA Awards in its cinema and media room design categories.

Available to users anywhere in the world, TCD integrates with D-Tools’ SI 2017 software, offering installers and dealers a powerful all-in-one cinema room design tool that allows users to export a TCD design into D-Tools via a CSV file, calculate local area pricing, TAX, required labour and associated costs, in addition to importing TCD’s 3D CAD drawings into Visio.

For more information visit www.thecinemadesigner.com

ABOUT NAD ELECTRONICS 

Founded in 1972 and now sold in over 80 countries, NAD Electronics is renowned for its award-winning line of high quality components for audio, home theatre and custom 

installation applications. Since the beginning, NAD’s commitment to four core values – 

innovation, simplicity, performance, and value – have earned it a cult-like 

following that catapulted it to becoming a household name amongst audiophiles and 

music lovers alike. To this day, the brand continues to design and manufacture some of 

the most acclaimed and affordable hi-fi components that include modern features and 

technologies meant to appeal to a new generation of audiophiles. 

About PSB Speakers

Since 1972, Founder and Chief Designer, Paul Barton, has been cementing his legacy as an expert in designing and building high-fidelity speakers that incorporate scientific principles in psychoacoustics. Over 50 years later and now a strategic part of Lenbrook International’s global portfolio, PSB Speakers’ products are sold in more than 70 markets where the brand sets the standard for “True to Nature” sound and is critically acclaimed for its value-driven and non-fatiguing speaker design. With an expansive suite of products that include audiophile speakers, ANC headphones, powerful and musical subwoofers, and a family of installed speaker solutions, PSB Speakers is designed and built to bring life to recorded music at world class levels.

For more information on NAD Electronics and PSB Speakers’ product solutions for CI or to find a local distributor please visit:

www.NADElectronics.com

www.PSBSpeakers.com

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NAD Electronics and PSB Speakers Join The Cinema Designer

Cloud-based design tool TCD allows NAD and PSB custom installers to generate powerful, all-in-one cinema room designs

ISE, Barcelona, SPAIN, JANUARY 26, 2023 – Canadian manufacturer and distributor, Lenbrook International, is delighted to announce that their award winning line of AV Receivers, processors and power amplifiers by NAD Electronics, alongside a range of Custom Install Solutions by PSB Speakers are now available on The Cinema Designer’s (TCD) online database.

“NAD Electronics and PSB Speakers are brands with a long history of providing great sound to our end customers, but the environment in which they are placed can have a huge impact on the end result, particularly in an immersive audio system. The Cinema Designer takes the guess work out of the design stage and calculates all of the requirements to generate a detailed design. TCD optimises the AV performance in a media room or home cinema, getting the very best out of the components and giving the client the best experience.” says Peter Gibb, CI Business Development for Europe at Lenbrook.

“TCD is delighted to add NAD Electronics and PSB Speakers to our database of products. These brands have great heritage in the audio industry and have a proven track record of performance and reliability,” says TCD inventor, Guy Singleton. “NAD’s philosophy of Full Disclosure Power on their amplifiers fits perfectly with our ethos of having accurate specifications for products so that TCD’s end result matches the design it creates.”

TCD is a cloud-based design tool that allows AV professionals to design any dedicated cinema or media room in minutes. Users can create technically impeccable dedicated cinema or media room designs, support documents, and aesthetic renders that reflect the way the finished room will look, calculating and producing in minutes what would take an experienced cinema designer weeks to complete. TCD can also create a 3D CAD drawing for any cinema or media room in under 30 seconds and produces comprehensive documentation that meets the minimum standard required to enter the CEDIA Awards in its cinema and media room design categories.

Available to users anywhere in the world, TCD integrates with D-Tools’ SI 2017 software, offering installers and dealers a powerful all-in-one cinema room design tool that allows users to export a TCD design into D-Tools via a CSV file, calculate local area pricing, TAX, required labour and associated costs, in addition to importing TCD’s 3D CAD drawings into Visio.

For more information visit www.thecinemadesigner.com

ABOUT NAD ELECTRONICS 

Founded in 1972 and now sold in over 80 countries, NAD Electronics is renowned for its award-winning line of high quality components for audio, home theatre and custom 

installation applications. Since the beginning, NAD’s commitment to four core values – 

innovation, simplicity, performance, and value – have earned it a cult-like 

following that catapulted it to becoming a household name amongst audiophiles and 

music lovers alike. To this day, the brand continues to design and manufacture some of 

the most acclaimed and affordable hi-fi components that include modern features and 

technologies meant to appeal to a new generation of audiophiles. 

About PSB Speakers

Since 1972, Founder and Chief Designer, Paul Barton, has been cementing his legacy as an expert in designing and building high-fidelity speakers that incorporate scientific principles in psychoacoustics. Over 50 years later and now a strategic part of Lenbrook International’s global portfolio, PSB Speakers’ products are sold in more than 70 markets where the brand sets the standard for “True to Nature” sound and is critically acclaimed for its value-driven and non-fatiguing speaker design. With an expansive suite of products that include audiophile speakers, ANC headphones, powerful and musical subwoofers, and a family of installed speaker solutions, PSB Speakers is designed and built to bring life to recorded music at world class levels.

For more information on NAD Electronics and PSB Speakers’ product solutions for CI or to find a local distributor please visit:

www.NADElectronics.com

www.PSBSpeakers.com

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On the Road Again: Featuring Greg Weaver’s Home Audio System – REVIEW BY ENJOY THE MUSIC.COM

January 2023

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On the Road Again: Featuring Greg Weaver’s Home Audio System

The New Apartment Lounge’s Maurice Jeffries visits the Audio Analyst at home for the third time.

Report By Maurice Jeffries

What would we do without the much beloved road trip? The promise of exploring parts known, and better yet completely unknown, especially in the wake of the Covid Pandemic, strikes many like as perfect balm to months of virus-driven isolation. So, when my dear friend and fellow audio miscreant, Greg Weaver (known to many of you as the audio analyst, famous for his scrupulously detailed show reports and recent highly informative and entertaining foray into the fractious world of YouTube audio reporting), teased with the promise to hear a tantalizing array of new gear, to tussle with a new puppy (a 100 lbs. Great Dane named Stella), and most importantly, to reconnect face-to-face, I leapt into action.

Since Greg lives in Northern Indiana and I call Central Florida home (and have a day job to boot, unlike the recently retired Mr. Weaver), my latest road trip involved a flight from Orlando to connection central Chicago and thence to South Bend. No two days of driving for yours truly! Over a long Fall weekend (which gifted stunning fall weather), I got to hear just how much better Greg’s system sounds over its previous iteration.

The differences were not subtle.

Prior to this outing, my last visit to Goshen, Indiana, Greg’s hometown, took place in late January 2019 over the MLK holiday weekend.  Readers who have followed my two previous visits will recall that earlier iterations of Dr. Weaver’s system included the stellar Audionet’s Max mono block amps and matching preamp (still his permanent references), Valve Amplification Company’s (VAC) Statement 450i iQ integrated amplifier, the superb Kronos Sparta turntable with Helena arm, Etsuro Urushi Gold cartridge, a loom of Stealth Audio cables, and the stunning Von Schweikert Audio ULTRA 9 loudspeakers (plus a gaggle of carefully selected accessories). Essentially scaled-down versions of the company’s vaunted ULTRA 11 flagships, the 9s tip the scales at a back-breaking 600 pounds per side and cost a retirement-bursting $250,000 the pair.

In a musically compelling upmarket move, the remarkable Kronos Pro turntable and new Discovery RS tonearm combo (but same cartridge) headlines the latest system, these tonier stalwarts replacing the humbler (but still outstanding) Sparta/Helena pairing. For this latest trip, I also had the good fortune to hear VAC’s reference Statement Line and Statement Phono Stage packages (each $80,000 two-box affairs boasting separate power supplies) plus the truly over-the-topStatement 452 iQ Musicbloc all-tubed mono amps ($75K each), also a VAC design. A loom of top-level MasterBuilt Audio interconnects and power cables (but Stealth Audio phono cables), a new Lampizator BALTIC 3 tubed DAC, and a gorgeous hand-built audio rack from Timbernation rounded out a system still built around the magnificent ULTRA 9 towers.

Greg Weaver's Home Audio System

For a detailed summary of all the wonderful gear in Greg’s system, I suggest a visit to his audio analyst webpage. The webpage provides an up-to-date listing of all the main gear and accessories in his system and some great listening room and system photos to boot. At the end of this report, you can find a detailed price breakdown for every component in Greg’s magnificent system.

Greg Weaver's Home Audio System

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

The first thing one notices about the audio analyst’s main system (a dedicated home theatre system occupies the back fifth or so of Greg’s 13 x 46 listening space), apart from the almost cartoonish dimensions of the ULTRA 9 towers, is the obsessive attention to set-up details and protocols that he follows. Cables never, ever cross one another. Speaker cables appear to float on Audionet Gauss Cable Elevators, better to minimize the frequency suppressing, phase disrupting, detail robbing distortions that arise when the cable materials interact undesirably with materials of varying magnetic permeability like air (highly permeable) and ground (highly impermeable). The higher the permeability number, the easier an electrical signal can pass through that material unperturbed. The Elevators effectively limit speaker cable interaction to the ambient air alone. Low-frequency damping panels and room tuning accessories are spaced discreetly around the room to maximum sonic effect.

Greg Weaver's Home Audio System

And just like my VSA Endeavor SEs, Greg’s ULTRA 9s fire into the room with minimal toe-in, an arrangement that maximizes tweeter dispersion, improves inter-driver phase coherence, and noticeably enhances soundstage scaling and image focus. In the same vein, one look at the Kronos table/arm setup suggests a similar obsessive-compulsive attention to detail. Clusters of Critical Mass Systems component footers sonically decouple source electronics form the resonant-induced vibrational ravages of the listening room environment.

Like I said, Dr. Weaver leaves no sonic weirding stones uncovered in his singular alchemical quest for sonic perfection.

Greg Weaver's Home Audio System

Why go through the hassle of tweaking a nearly million-dollar system (I know I know, we’re talking silly do-re-mi here) to such extremes, with the corresponding manpower inputs to pull all this off measured not in minutes or hours, but days and weeks? A routine spin of any well-recorded LP will answer that question in a manner of minutes. Simply stated, each tweak that the audio analyst employs, both minor and major, elevates the system’s overall performance envelope to levels that few in our tribe ever obtain, let alone get the chance to hear.

So, on Acoustic Sounds’ stellar reissue of trumpeter and music auteur Miles Davis’s modern classic Kind of Blue (Acoustic Sounds/UHQR 0004-45), Greg’s system highlights not only the superior bass precision, top end extension, imaging focus, and transparency of this latest UHQR masterwork, but also the ever-so-slightly superior tonality of the earlier and still outstanding Classic reissue from 1995.

Detail-wise, the Kronos /VAC fronted system unearths the tonal footprints of individual recordings with such utter and convincing naturalness and precision that hearing your favorite tracks may very well leave you breathless and slack-jawed at just how real and lifelike they sound. Equally impressive, this preternaturally revealing combination renders the sonic differences between alternate versions of the same recordings as truthfully and unambiguously as any system in my experience. Supertramp’s Dreamer, from the 1974 art rock classic Crime of the Century (the British band’s big commercial breakthrough), features lovely vocal harmonization throughout, with lead vocalist Roger Hodgson’s crystal-clear falsetto commanding center stage.

Greg Weaver's Home Audio System

On the 2014 U.K. A&M Records 40th Anniversary Edition Back to Black version of Crime of the Century [0600753547441], this a beautifully packaged, remastered 180-gram gatefold LP reissue, Hodgson’s disarmingly boyish falsetto soars sweetly and with remarkable purity. Unfortunately, the sonic illusion cast by the A&M Records 40th Anniversary Back to Black edition collapses entirely when compared to the far superior 1981 U.S. Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab UHQR [MFQR 1-005] reissue release, a 200-gram LP. This gorgeously remastered, limited edition boxed set (numbered #4222 of 5000) highlights the shortcomings of the A&M Records reissue in overall transparency, soundstage layering, tonal expressiveness, and sheer frequency extension.

After listening to the Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab UHQR release, I turned to Greg and commented that Hodgson’s voice sounded totally different now. The UHQR release added at least an octave in lower end foundational content to his voice, and far more convincing tonality.

In short, MoFi’s UHQR release sounded so clearly superior in all meaningful ways to the now merely serviceable A&M Records 40th Anniversary Back to Black version, one could be forgiven for thinking after a side-by-side comparison that they had just listened to two different recordings of the same song, not two different remastered versions of the same album.

Greg Weaver's Home Audio System

The Music Between The Half Notes

This remarkable resolving power derives no doubt from the superb musical qualities of each system component, meaning the beautifully designed and constructed (and affordable) Timbernation racks and Critical Mass footers, the state-of-the-art LP replay front end, the tomb-like quietude of the multi-layered speaker cabinets, the striking holography and transparency of the amps, not to mention the seemingly preternatural synergy that each component shares with every other in the system.

To my ears, the system (particularly when powered by the Statement level VAC electronics) excels in sound-staging breadth and scale, imaging focus, low end performance that delivers cavernous extension, marmoreal impact, and the precision of a laser guided missile tracking system, along with an almost (but not quite) ruthless transparency to sources and upstream electronics. Add to these qualities a difficult to define but also unforgettable ability to project instruments and voices into the listening with all-but unparalleled power and presence and you have the makings of a system that facilitates the suspension of disbelief in the electro-acoustic origins of the music not just for a few seconds or stray moments, but for repeated moments and even hours at a time.

Greg Weaver's Home Audio System

Let’s start with sound-staging and imaging. As one would expect given the Herculean proportions of the speakers and partnering amplification (tubes, baby, tubes), the system scales with a seemingly room-obliterating dimensionality that originates well behind the rear listening room wall and projects well beyond the front plane of the speakers. Imagine a system that images and stages with the focus, precision, and transparency of a great mini monitor, but that simultaneously projects and scales with sufficient weight to approach the power and impact of a top-flight symphony blasting at full-tilt and you have an idea of what GW’s system can deliver.

It seems axiomatic that a speaker that weighs more than 500 lbs. and which boasts the ability to generate spectacularly clean bass (down to around 16 Hz) should literally shake the rafters when asked to do so. The VSA ULTRA 9 does this with relative ease (and with an absence of audible distortion that puts most transducers to shame). More impressively, certainly for a small-space listener like me who values bass quality over sheer bass quantity, these $250,000-the-pair behemoths amalgamate the speed, dynamic weight, and impact of a great full-range horn with the transient precision, tautness, and tonal focus of a great sealed-box design. On recordings with genuine deep bass content, the sonic rewards are utterly sublime. Kudos here go to the decision to mate a traditional sealed-box architecture to the 9’s powered 15-inch sub.

Greg Weaver's Home Audio System

Above and beyond its impressive quantitative abilities, the 9s (and the system overall) do what only a few truly great speakers can: project instruments and voices into the listening with such disarming naturalness, speed, transparency, and urgency, as to suggest the real thing.

Did You Hear That?

I should note that when it comes to what we hear in qualitative terms, Greg and I are of a single mind 95% of the time. Indeed, I marvel every time I describe to him the sound of a component that we have both heard, only to have him echo (down to the micro level) a nearly identical set of sonic impressions. Any points of sonic discord (a rarity) typically boil down to our different listening preferences, not to wholesale disagreements about what we have or haven’t heard objectively.

By the same token, Greg and I differ greatly over the kinds of music we use to evaluate systems and components, or for sheer enjoyment. Dr. Weaver inhabits a musical universe where the likes of Carlos Satana, David Bowie, Supertramp, Alan Parsons, and Papa Ludwig hold court. I live in the post-bob jazz multiverse, with a healthy dose of Arnold Schoenberg, Alban Berg, Bill Evans, and Charlie Mingus thrown in for good measure.

Greg Weaver's Home Audio System

I mention these points to highlight the fact that time and again, Greg and I were in unison about what we heard over the weekend in sound quality terms, while freely admitting (and accepting) any aesthetic differences between us. More importantly, the side-by-side comparisons discussed above reveal that the very best audio systems (and Greg’s system clearly ranks amongst the very best that I have heard) can render fine sonic details not merely as audio spectacle, but as genuine “added musical value” propositions. The better recorded Miles and Supertramp discs did not (and do not) just sound better; they also allowed me to connect with the music and the performers in a more immersive and emotionally engaging way.

Undeniably, the addition of the remarkable Kronos Pro turntable and Discovery RS tonearm to Greg’s system delivered the same overall “obliterated room boundaries” listening sessions that I enjoyed at GTT Audio & Video when I head the then new Kronos Discovery turntable and now discontinued Kronoscope tonearm (here) (the original Kronoscope has been replaced by the new Kronoscope RS tonearm that I soon hope to have in my system). Not to mention the relatively short-lived but equally transformative addition of the stellar VAC Statement Line and Statement Phono Stages andgorgeous Statement 452 iQ Musicbloc all-tubed mono amps (units that Greg sadly had to return not long after my departure).

Greg Weaver's Home Audio System

Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow

So! Where does nearly a million bucks worth of glass, aluminum, copper, experimental alloys, rubber belts, mineral-loaded speaker cabinets, ceramic drivers and all the rest leave music lovers who, on average, spend a “mere” $18,000 to $20,000 on their admittedly still very good systems overall? In the same place hearing the audio analyst’s system leaves me: wishing I had the space, do-re-mi, and patience to put together a system as compelling as his, but, but, grateful for my far humbler and still musically engaging smaller system.

When all is said and done, hearing a truly great reference system like Greg’s should be seen as an educational exercise. As I expressed recently to an online “Doubting Thomas” who essentially deemed Greg and me crazy for waxing enthusiastic over the musical benefits of the Kronos Pro/Discovery RS / Etsuro Gold system, regardless of one’s personal like (or dislike) of digital or vinyl, open-minded listeners owe it to themselves to seek out a friend or dealer who can demonstrate competently a truly reference-caliber setup.

Greg Weaver's Home Audio System

Doing so will recalibrate your understanding of what a top-flight system can do sonically, and what value it can deliver musically. You will find yourself in a far better position to decide what musical and sonic values move you, and which components at your chosen price point best approximate the performance of the corresponding benchmark gear.

Greg Weaver's Home Audio System

So, what are you waiting for? Get off your fat audiophile asses, get vaccinated (or boosted), and go hear music with other human beings. You won’t be sorry!

Excelsior!!!!!

Greg Weaver’s Home Audio System

Analog Front End
KRONOS Pro Limited-Edition Turntable – $51,000
KRONOS Super Capacitor Power Supply 1 – $15,000
KRONOS Discovery Resonance Suppression Tonearm – $24,000
Etsuro Gold Moving Coil Cartridge – $20,999
STEALTH phono cable – $9,000

Valve Amplification Company Electronics Statement Phono Stage – $80,000
Valve Amplification Company Electronics Statement Line Stage – $80,000

A pair of Statement 452iQ Musicbloc mono amplifiers – $150,000/pr.

Music Servers
Ideon Absolute Stream – $20,000
Lenovo ThinkStation P320 CAD Workstation – $1,200
Intel Xeon 3.50GHz quad core CPU running 8 Logical Processors, with 32 GB RAM, and I use a Samsung EVO Plus solid-state drive for the OS

Streaming Software – Roon v2.0; J River Media Center 29; Fidelizer Pro v8.8

Networking
NAS and all Network Devices/Streamers/Roon Endpoints connected with
Audience Hidden Treasure CAT7 Ethernet and Serial ATA cables

DACs
LampizatOr Baltic 3 (rolled with Shuguang 12au7-Treasure Series outputs and VERY RARE 1953 Soviet Military NOS MELZ 6H8C Metalbase inputs) – $7,000
iFi iDSD Pro with Linear Power Supply – $3,000

Power Conditioning
Audience adeptResponse 12-T4 – $11,400 (with frontRow powerChord – $6,700)

Quantum Symphony Pro AC Conditioners – $1,200

Other Cables
1.5M STEALTH Śakra v16 Balanced IC – $24,000
1.5M STEALTH Śakra v17 limited edition Balanced cable run – $36,000
Misc Audience frontRow powerChords and frontRow ICs

Master-Built ULTRA Cables
2M balanced interconnect – from Statement Phono stage to Line Stage ~ $22,000
9M balanced interconnect – from Statement Line to Statement 542 iQ Music Bloc ~ $50,000
2.5M biwire speaker cables – one bi-wire cable from each Statement 542 iQ Musicbloc to each Ultra 9 ~ $35,000
Audionet GAUSS Cable Risers (6 units) ~$2,000
1.5M AC Power cords – Statement Line Stage/Statement Phono Stage ~ $17,000 ea. ($34,000 total)
2M AC Power cords – Statement 542 iQ Musicbloc ~ $21,000 ea. ($42,000 total)
2.5M AC Power cords – Ultra 9 ~ $23,000 ea. ($46,000 total) 
Master-Built Cable total = $229,000

Support
TimberNation – 2-inch-thick maple, four shelf, double wide equipment stand.

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Focal Powered by Naim in Las Vegas

Unique audio products, incredible listening experiences, bespoke customer service

Las Vegas – January 25, 2023 – A Focal Powered by Naim retail space opened in Las Vegas in the largest outdoor shopping mall in Nevada – Downtown Summerlin. The shop-in-shop, dedicated to Focal and Naim’s audio brands, is located inside AV Luxury Group, a leading retailer in high-end hi-fi, Home Cinema, and automated systems. Focal Powered by Naim Las Vegas is the sixth space to open in the United States, after Houston, Miami, Austin, Dallas, and Scottsdale.

LISTEN IN THE COMFORT OF YOUR OWN HOME

In an area spanning 2000 sq ft, Focal Powered by Naim presents the universe of these two – one French, one English – world-leading audio brands. Each customer is invited to peruse modern living spaces – living room, Home Cinema room, kitchen – where a vast array of products await discovery: floorstanding and in-wall/in-ceiling loudspeakers, hi-fi and noise-cancelling headphones, wireless loudspeakers, streaming music players, amplifiers and more. With their enormous product catalogues, Focal and Naim cover all listening bases, from music novices to hardcore audiophiles. Inside the brand universes, customers can also admire the expertise and meticulous finishes of each product. Leather, solid aluminum and wood are just some of the fine materials Focal and Naim use to create high-quality sound.

GENUINE LISTENING EXPERIENCES

In Focal Powered by Naim spaces, everything has been designed around sharing, to recreate the feeling of at-home playback and stir emotions through hi-fidelity listening experiences. The Las Vegas space has a closed demonstration room so that listeners can experience the full extent of Focal’s 1000 Series integrated loudspeakers, widely acclaimed by international press for their power and discretion. There is also a headphones bar in which to discover the various hi-fi headphones – open-back, closed-back, noise-cancelling – and experience an ultra-high quality, individual listening experience.

BESPOKE SERVICE

The Focal Powered by Naim Las Vegas team is led by Thomas Kiss, an avid music enthusiast with over 15 years’ experience in high-end audio. Whether it’s all-round audio systems, Home Cinema installations or integrated systems for the home (smart home automation), the team at AV Luxury Group are ready to support each customer every step of the way, from choosing their product up to installing and configuring their system. As well as a unique in-store experience, Focal Powered by Naim spaces guarantee a bespoke service.

Focal Powered by Naim Las Vegas

2130 Park Centre Drive, Suite 140

Las Vegas, NV 89135

(702) 910-4913

www.avluxurygroup.com

[email protected]

https://www.focal.com/en/focal-powered-by-naim-las-vegas

FOCAL POWERED BY NAIM NETWORK

The VerVent Audio group, which unites Focal and Naim, is continuing to roll out its Focal Powered by Naim store network, including spaces in Europe, Asia, Oceania and North America. To view all locations please visit https://www.focal.com/en/focal-powered-by-naim.

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ABOUT VERVENT AUDIO GROUP

VerVent Audio was born in 2011, incorporating Focal and Naim Audio. Each brand brings its savoir-faire: Focal is a French manufacturer of hi-fi loudspeaker and speakers, pro-audio monitors, in-car audio, custom-install products and headphones. Naim is a renowned British electronics specialist, specializing in two-channel hi-fi, multi-room music streaming systems, amplifiers. Both are recognized as exceptional brands in their countries: Naim is a multiple Queen’s Award winner, while Focal is designated by the French state as an ‘Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant’. Together, they have united their unique areas of excellence and innovation and constitute a reference point in the world.

For more information: https://www.focal.com/france/vervent-audio-group

ABOUT FOCAL NAIM NORTH AMERICA

Born from the merger of Focal, world leader in acoustic sound made in France, and Naim Audio, world leader in British-made hi-fi electronics, VerVent Audio Group’s brand subsidiaries embody the investments of VerVent Audio in the US and Canada. Thanks to its own distribution entity, the group is striving to turn the North American territory into the market leader for Focal and Naim.

For more information: https://www.focalnaimamerica.com/

Focal – www.focal.com and Naim Audio – www.naimaudio.com

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Introducing XSA-Labs and Vera-Fi Audio LLC

Simply put, at XSA-Labs, we offer unique, innovative, and leading-edge products for the very best in SOUND QUALITY and VALUE using state-of-the-art design and manufacturing technologies.

Home of the acclaimed and Award Winning Vanguard Loudspeaker and Vera-Fi Electronics that represent Our Forward Thinking Design Ethos and VALUE at every turn.

XSA-Labs can be found at www.xsa-labs.com


As well, our Vera-Fi Audio LLC site is the Home of the Puron Plug-In AC Line Conditioner and the Swiss Digital FUSE BOX.

Innovative Design and Value to the extreme.

Vera-Fi Audio LLC can be found at www.verafiaudiollc.com

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XSA-Labs Vanguard Loudspeaker Review – Budget Audiophile Extreme

eXetremely Sexy Audio (XSA) Labs is a new old audiophile manufacturer. Old because it is staffed by veterans of the industry with “over 110 years of combined experience in the audio, electrical, and aerospace engineering fields”. And their first product to hit the market, the XSA-Labs Vanguard Loudspeaker is a classic indeed with a solid tip of the hat to the famous Rogers LS3/5a which was designed by the BBC to be the ideal studio monitor.

Employing modern materials and manufacturing techniques to a proven time-honored design, the Vanguard features a 130mm treated paper cone woofer and a 28mm silk dome tweeter with a unique inverted Harsch transient perfect passive crossover using premium components and voiced to provide a balanced non-fatiguing sound signature with superb imaging and timing. Available in two different woods (Birch and Bamboo) and three different finishes (Gloss Blonde or Satin Brown for the Birch, and Satin Finished Bamboo for the Bamboo) the Vanguard cabinet construction is par excellent. The Bamboo (which is what I received for review) adds its unique resonance damping hard and stiff properties to the superb joinery which is coupled with mass-loaded foil-covered butyl interior vibration-dampening sheets along with open cell foam applied to all walls to make the Vanguard housing as acoustically dead as possible minimizing distortion. It is noted on the XSA-Labs website that the front baffle is removable, presumably one supposes for in-wall installations, and the front grill is mounted using magnets for easy removal.

The Sound Checks:

I burned in the XSA-Labs Vanguard Loudspeakers using my LSA Discovery Warp One Stereo Amplifier, Black Dragon Speaker Cables, and Core Power Technologies A/V Equi=Core 1000 sourced by my FiiO M11 DAP running Qobuz. Though for serious listening I switched to my LSA VT-70 Tube Integrated Amp with Gold Lion KT88s and Audio-gd R2R-1 DAC with the M11 as a music server (my new computer introduces a noise to the USB that is picked up by the VT-70, presumably via the ground connections so the M11 is much quieter and supports PCM and DSD).

My first discovery was the Vanguards are the most room-friendly speaker I have tested. I started with them on the live end as most small speakers want to reflect off a wall to enhance the bottom end, while this sounded good, I followed up by opening the panels behind the speakers to extend the room which opened up the soundstage a little without affecting the bottom end. I then moved them to the dead end to get a little rear wall reflection for a more enveloping soundstage, this made almost no appreciable difference, so I set them up as near-field monitors which pretty much eliminates the room, and experienced pretty much the same sound profile. I can only attribute this to the deadness of their cabinets (if you don’t have sound radiating from the sides and back of the cabinet then it will react less with the room). After further experimentation, I ended with them on the dead end, on-axis, and the seating position about two feet closer than what I would normally do (basic formula is twice the distance from the speaker as they are apart) to achieve my preferred soundstage of about twenty feet from the stage.

Stravinsky: The Firebird; Borodin: Music from Prince Igor

Since I used Robert Shaw and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s performance of “The Firebird Suite” from the CD version (16-bit/24kHz) of “Stravinsky: The Firebird; Borodin: Music from Prince Igor” to tweak-in the setup, this was my first serious listening track. The tonal balance was spot on with a rich bottom end and excellent dynamics, as well as pinpoint imaging. The soundstage was both wide and deep placing the woodwinds up front and the strings behind, with the tympanis in the back.

Cruel Country

Wilco on the other hand was right in the room with me a few feet away singing songs from their new album “Cruel Country” (24-bit/96kHz – Qobuz). I could see the amplifiers sitting right there, the slide guitar a little to my right about five feet away with a bit of reverb, the acoustic guitar on my left, with the drums just behind singer Jeff Tweedy and the organ behind the slide.

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Listening to “Dirty Work” by Steely Dan (“Can’t Buy A Thrill” – 24-bit/192kHz – Qobuz) I tweaked the placement a little more to give me a concert hall feel rather than club, this entailed toeing the speakers off-axis slightly outward and moving my seat slightly back. The horns were glorious and the Rhodes rich and throaty.

Mahavishnu Orchestra Birds Of Fire

“Birds of Fire” (“Birds of Fire” – Mahavishnu Orchestra – DSD) was spectacular, the competing violins behind and outside the speakers and the guitars more inbound, one drumset center stage at the rear, one on my right, with the keyboards centralized, the Vanguards had no problem keeping up with the myriad of clashing instruments, placing each in its own space. Again the bass was strong and natural.

Non Mi Lasciare

For my last test with the VT-70, I picked Dario Baldan Bembo singing “Non Mi Lasciare” (16-bit/44.1kHz) to gauge the subsonics as well as the musicality of the Vanguards. Right from the opening, the piano was rich and full and the vocals were pure and clear, again the dynamics were exceptional and the subsonics, though recessed had full tonality.

Steppenwolf 7

Returning to the LSA Warp One using my Questyle CMA400i as DAC/Preamp (the R2R-1 doesn’t have volume control, so rather than introducing another component to the system, I went with the 400i) and booting up JRiver on my computer I selected “Snowblind Friend” as performed by Steppenwolf from their album “Steppenwolf 7” (24-bit/192kHz) and was transported into the studio, though the multi-track recording made for a much larger band than the five players could provide considering the five separate guitar parts (steel string acoustic, steel slide, electric slide, electric, and banjo, not to mention bass guitar; for live performances, they skipped the electric and the slide guitars) not to mention John Kay’s acoustic guitar was slightly to the left of his vocal, so the soundstage though three dimensional and realistic did not reflect the actual performance (which is an attribute of the recording, not the speakers). The key characteristic was the musicality, which was outstanding for a solid-state amplifier, and the Vanguards really warmed up to the additional power of the Warp One.

Sonny & Cher Look At Us

As a final test, since I had not as listened to female vocal, I chose “I Got You Babe” by Sonny & Cher (“Look At Us” 24-bit/192kHz). The mono recording made the soundstage feel deeper, but otherwise, the sound was fantastic, the Vanguards traversing Cher’s dynamic vocal with ease.

The Conclusions:

The XSA-Labs Vanguard Loudspeakers check off all of the boxes for an audiophile speaker, except for one, expense. Excellent imaging, fantastic soundstage, great tonal balance, very dynamic, room agnostic, and beautiful fit and finish. They are as resolute as one can expect from a dynamic speaker, and the crossover is liquid smooth, the small paper cone woofer well able to keep up with the silk dome tweeter.

The Vanguards are also very amplifier friendly, dishing out musicality from tubes and solid-state alike. While 35 Watts was more than enough power to drive them, they did like the extra headroom that 150 Watts provided.

Music lovers will find the Vanguards will give them everything they are looking for in a sound system, though they would definitely be enhanced by adding a subwoofer. Understand that this is an audiophile speaker focused on sound quality rather than sound quantity, they are not going to give you front row at an AC/DC concert. While they are perfectly able to present the full tonality of music as is, and most listeners will be completely satisfied with them on their own, especially Personal Audio fans who are used to listening to music rather than feeling it, bass heads are going to want a subwoofer to provide that feeling of impact.

I won’t pretend that these are $10,000 speakers, but at their limited quantity introductory price of $799 ($899 for the Gloss Blonde finish) the XSA-Labs Vanguard are one of the best deals out there, especially when one considers the extremely small footprint and relatively low room interaction that makes them perfect for any room no matter the size, I simply can’t recommend this speaker enough.

Price: $799 (limited run introductory price, MSRP $1,099)

Manufacturer’s Website: www.xsa-labs.com

Specifications:

Vanguard 2-way bookshelf monitor 

Exclusive inverted passive Harsch crossover topology developed by XSA Labs to provide snappy quasi-transient perfect sound for crisp percussion and accurate imaging with a wide sound stage. 

Continuous Power Handling: 50w maximum RMS

Sensitivity: 83dB at 2.8Vrms and 1m

Frequency response (4 pi anechoic): 82Hz (-3dB) and 70Hz (-6dB) to 22kHz (-3dB) 

Impedance: Minimum impedance is 7ohms, maximum impedance is 22ohms and average impedance is about 12ohms for music signals and phase is smoothly varying. 

Measured impedance plot:

Physical dimensions: 7.5in W x 12.0in H x 8.0in D

Weight: 11 lbs 4oz each

Cabinets are constructed with internal battens and walls are lined with mass-loaded butyl sheets and covered in acoustic foam.  Removable front baffle for servicing. 

Crossovers are constructed using high quality film caps and custom-made air core and iron core inductors with premium flameproof resistors on a custom-made PCB.

Premium 5-way nickel finish binding posts.

Magnetically attached grill. 

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Focal Presents Vestia, Its New Line of High-Fidelity Loudspeakers

CES, Las Vegas – January 5, 2023 – The French brand Focal expands its collection of loudspeakers for Home with Vestia. This line comprises five models and has been designed for high-quality music enjoyment and Home Cinema experiences delivered by Focal’s renowned savoir-faire in acoustic. The brand which is recognized by the French government as a French “Living Heritage Company” chose its exclusive Slatefiber cone for Vestia range.

THE EMOTION OF HI-FI AND HOME CINEMA LISTENING EXPERIENCES

Vestia delivers the purity of Focal sound, made even finer thanks to a host of sound details and a significantly improved treble reproduction. Developed and made in France in Focal’s workshops, the Vestia line boasts five products: Vestia N°2, Vestia N°3 and Vestia N°4 are floorstanding models; Vestia N°1 is a bookshelf loudspeaker for small spaces; and Vestia Center is a center loudspeaker for a Home Cinema configuration. For even higher performing, these products can be combined with the SUB 600P subwoofer for deep and encompassing bass. In addition, stands are tilted to provide an optimal and natural soundstage, more focused on the listener for an even more immersive listening experience.

DESIGN AND FINISH

Focal offers the best acoustic loudspeakers in terms of sound, but also design. Refined, the Vestia models present a dynamic and sleek design that blends seamlessly into all styles of interior. For this line, inspired by Vesta and Hestia– goddesses of the hearth and the home – the French brand has chosen refined finishes: Black High Gloss, Dark Wood or Light Wood for the side panels, accompanied by a black or white leather effect for the front panels. Every detail counts, with metallic rings perfecting the aesthetic finish. For greater discretion, Vestia loudspeaker owners can cover their models with the grille provided.

FOCAL TECHNOLOGIES AND SAVOIR-FAIRE

Focal is a specialist in speaker driver cones and has chosen its Slatefiber cone for Vestia. Born with Chora in 2019, this cone made from recycled carbon fibers was a huge hit from the moment it appeared. The engineers continued their development work to make it even higher performing and adapt it to studio monitors (Alpha Evo) and in-car kits (Slatefiber line). Focal has also chosen the innovative ‘M’-shaped dome TAM tweeter for the treble. Initially developed for the car collection, this exclusive tweeter has been revamped to work with hi-fi loudspeakers, and now makes its first appearance in products for the home. Lastly, the loudspeakers feature a port towards the front for more frontal impact, and a rear port for an encompassing bass – creating a bass – reflex profile that promotes a deeper soundstage.

PRICING AND AVAILABILITY

Vestia pricing below with availability January 2023.

Vestia N°1 – $599 each

Vestia N°2 – $1,399 each

Vestia N°3 – $1,799 each

Vestia N°4 – $2,199 each

Vestia Center – $699 each

Stands – $249 (pack of 2)

Center Stand – $129 each

Vestia N°1 – $769 each CAD

Vestia N°2 – $1,799 each CAD

Vestia N°3 – $2,299 each CAD

Vestia N°4 – $2,799 each CAD

Vestia Center – $899 each CAD

Stands – $319 (pack of 2)

Center Stand – $169 each CAD

For more information, visit: https://www.focal.com/en/home-audio/high-fidelity-speakers/vestia.

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ABOUT VERVENT AUDIO GROUP

VerVent Audio was born in 2011, incorporating Focal and Naim Audio. Each brand brings its savoir-faire: Focal is a French manufacturer of hi-fi loudspeaker and speakers, pro-audio monitors, in-car audio, custom-install products and headphones. Naim is a renowned British electronics specialist, specializing in two-channel hi-fi, multi-room music streaming systems, amplifiers. Both are recognized as exceptional brands in their countries: Naim is a multiple Queen’s Award winner, while Focal is designated by the French state as an ‘Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant’. Together, they have united their unique areas of excellence and innovation and constitute a reference point in the world.

ABOUT FOCAL NAIM NORTH AMERICA

Born from the merger of Focal, world leader in acoustic sound made in France, and Naim Audio, world leader in British-made hi-fi electronics, VerVent Audio Group’s brand subsidiaries signal a new investment phase and direction for VerVent in the US and Canada. By creating its own distribution entity, the group is striving to turn the North American territory into the market leader for Focal and Naim.

Since joining forces, Naim and Focal have united their unique areas of excellence and innovation, meaning even higher levels of authentic audio performance are possible – taking you closer to the music you love.

For more information on each brand visit: www.focal.com, www.naimaudio.com. Focal Naim America: www.focalnaimamerica.com.

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