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Jan 7-10, 2010
See us at CES 2010 Venetian Hotel room 30-308
Hear the new UHA-HQ Reel to Reel tape deck
in the NOLA Speaker room.
NEW AT UHA, now here for demo!
Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2009 NEWS:
Jonathan Valin from
Tha Absolute Sound gives
Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2009
"Best Source Component Award"
The UHA-HQ Reel to Reel Deck!
Best Speakers over $20k to
The Nola Baby Grand speakers!
Best Sound of Show:
Vandersteen Model 7, with the Nola Baby Grand Reference, the MBL 111F,
The Nordic Tone, the Lotus Group Granada,
the Anat Reference II (Parish room only), and the GamuT S-9 runners-up
Best Introduction (or Speaker I Hadn’t Heard or Don’t Remember Hearing Before):
Lotus Group Granada, The Nordic Tone, the Haniwa HSP2H07 (tie)
Best Source Component:
The UHA-HQ 15ips 2-track tape deck from United Home Audio ($10k)
and Tape Project tapes in the Nola room.
Well…in my neck of the woods a bargain ain’t exactly a bargain,
but I did hear Odyssey Khartagos sounding mighty damn sweet in somebody’s room
Biggest Improvement Over Previous Shows:
Focal Grande Utopia and Vivid G1 Giya (tie)
Biggest Improvement During the Show:
Wilson Sasha W/P
TAS, avguide.com web site forum postings:
Rex (not verified) -- Tue, 10/06/2009 - 17:40
How did the Nola Baby Grands perform when fed by your personal CDs?
Did they even have a CD player set up?
Jonathan Valin -- Wed, 10/07/2009 - 01:27
To tell you the truth I was so entranced by the sound
of the tapes I don't know if Carl had a CD player.
New review on the Nola Viper Reference!
Review: Ken Kessler
Lab Report: Keith Howard
Click below for the review
Baby Grand Reference picture from CES 2008.
The NOLA's are getting some great press coverage lately there must be a reason!
April 2008 - Tom Martin of the Absolute Sound Magazine reviews the Nola Viper Reference in the April/May issue and calls it a "breakthrough".
January 2008 - The Viper Reference has been upgraded to series II ($15,000) and was demonstrated at the 2008 CES.
January 2008 - Chris Martens from The Abso!ute Sound named the Nola Baby Grand Reference as Best Sound at CES 2008.
January 2008 - Jonathan Valin from AVGuide.com reviewed the Nola Baby Grand Reference at CES 2008.
January 2008 - Positive Feedback mentioned the Nola Baby Grand Reference and Viper Reference at CES 2008.
January 2008 - High-End Palace reviewed the Nola Baby Grands at CES 2008.
January 2008 - StereoMojo.com reviewed the Nola Baby Grand Reference at CES 2008
December 2007 - Nola will introduce the new Baby Grand Reference two tower speaker system at the January 2008 CES show
December 2007 - The Viper IA was reviewed in Issue 34 of Positive Feedback magazine
December 2007 - The Viper IA was given a Writers Choice Award for 2007 in Issue 34 of Positive Feedback magazine
October 2007 - Nola Viper Reference reviewed in Hi-Fi+
October 2007 - Nola Viper Reference wins best sound of show at IHEAC 2007
October 2007 - The Absolute Sound magazine bestowed an Editor's Choice Award to the Nola Grand Reference IV.1 loudspeaker system.
September 2007 - The Nola Viper Reference was reviewed on StereoMojo.com
September 2007 - In The Absolute Sound Magazine, issue 174, September 2007, Harry Pearson reviews the Nola Grand Reference IV.1
Chris Martens from The Absolute Sound says Best sound at CES 2008!
NEW ! Press Release!
Nola gets Stereo mojo best of Show RMAF 2008!
Positife Feedback Online
Writers choice award for the
NOLA VIPER 1A!
The Nola Viper I has been upgraded to the Viper IA. The Viper IA now uses a "trickle down" version of the mid bass drivers used in the Grand Reference. These cast frame aluminum cone drivers, which are also used in the Viper IIA, allow piston behavior up to 5 kHz. In the Viper IA they are used only up to 500 Hz, ensuring very low coloration. The new midrange driver created for the Viper IA utilizes the same tri-laminate cone and cast frame as used in the Viper IIA but without the Alnico magnet. Upgraded crossover components provide improved performance.
Additional upgrades include a solid, high gloss, black acrylic sub baffle for improved front baffle damping and lower coloration. All drivers are mounted with machine screws and threaded inserts pressed into the baffle. The mid/high frequency wiring harness is now hidden and runs inside the front baffle. The net result of these upgrades is to provide significantly improved performance in addition to fit and finish.
Removable front and rear grilles allow the Viper IA the most open sound possible - completely free of obstructions for the mid range and tweeter.
Nola's Viper line of open baffle speakers has been upgraded for improved performance and fit and finish. The Viper IIA is an upgraded version of the Viper II.
The Viper IIA uses two newly designed 220mm cast-frame bass drivers with aluminum cones. These bass drivers operate in perfect piston mode over their whole operating range. The first breakup mode is at 5000 Hz while in the system; the woofer is operated to only 500 Hz. This performance greatly reduces distortion and coloration throughout the full range. Each bass driver is mounted in a separate sealed chamber. Each chamber is a different size in order to provide an improved speed-bandwidth product and a smoother room LF response. The dual woofers provide improved room loading throughout the lower midrange and mid-bass with increased power handling. Both woofers are run in parallel for maximum amplifier control. These bass drivers are "trickle down" versions of the cast magnesium units used in the Nola Grand Reference.
All of the loudspeakers in the Viper series feature open baffle midrange and high frequency transducers that are deployed in a 45 degree mirror-imaged array (the same as the Grand Reference) to provide more realistic image sizes while retaining excellent image focus. The new midrange driver, originally developed for Pegasus, features a cast frame, tri-laminate 110mm cone driven by a premium Alnico magnet system for a natural reproduction of mid-band frequencies which cannot be duplicated when using conventional magnets.
The high frequency transducer is a 25mm magnesium / aluminum dipole dome driver. The dipole dome sounds much more natural as opposed to using a separate tweeter mounted in the rear. The dipole rear wave is coherent with the front wave since the same diaphragm generates it.
All Viper models feature removable front and rear grilles that allow the Viper the most open sound, completely free of obstructions for the midrange and tweeter.
All Viper models now use black high gloss, solid acrylic sub baffles to stiffen and further damp the main front baffle. Drivers are mounted with machine screws and threaded inserts in the cabinet.
We now have the all new
Reference III speakers as of
January 2008 - The Viper Reference has been upgraded to series II ($15,000)
and was demonstrated at the 2008 CES.
Nola's Viper line of open baffle speakers has been upgraded for improved performance and fit and finish. The Viper Reference II replaces the Viper Signature and is six inches taller than other Viper models.
The Viper Reference II utilizes the same twin cast-magnesium bass drivers as used in the Nola Grand Reference -- a speaker many regard as the finest available. The midrange is our latest cast-frame Alnico magnet 110mm transducer, originally developed for the Pegasus. Our proven twin Alnico magnet metal dome tweeter reproduces the high frequencies. This transducer provides a wealth of natural musical detail without "etch" or hardness. Both midrange and tweeter operate as open baffle dipoles for the most "open" sound.
"Also mated with DeHavilland gear - and sounding quite good - were the Nola Viper Reference loudspeakers ($15,000), three-way, open-baffle floorstanders that Carl Marchisotto debuted at the show. The Nolas were one of the better sounds at RMAF - not as authoritative as the ($60,000) VR-9SEs, but every bit as beautiful and transparent." the abso!ute sound: Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, Denver, Colorado, January 2005
The Viper Reference II utilizes an external crossover unit with five pairs of solid copper binding posts for connection. Spade to spade jumpers of Nordost Valhalla monofiliment wire connect the crossover to the speakers. The crossovers utilize only proprietary polypropylene capacitors and linear air-core inductors for maximum sound quality. For maximum performance of this advanced crossover system, we recommend the addition of our IP-1 Isolation Platform under the crossover unit. This uses a ball bearing suspension system to eliminate the deleterious colorations that crossover vibrations produce.
All Viper models now use high gloss, solid acrylic sub baffles to stiffen and damp the main front baffle. These not only look better but also further reduce coloration resulting in a more natural sound than that produced by all wood or all polymer enclosures. All drivers are now mounted with machine screws and threaded inserts in the cabinet. Wiring is now hidden and runs inside the front baffle.
The Viper Reference II breaks new ground in providing a true reference grade loudspeaker with both a reasonable price and modest footprint.