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RMAF 2018: Nola , VAC, Nordost; The Metro Grand Reference Gold 2, a live experience in-room

By | October 14th, 2018|Categories: Nordost, Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , |

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It is almost impossible to visit every room at an audio show. To do so would require running shoes, twenty-something knees, and a stopwatch for limiting your listening window to only two minutes. Now with my excuses firmly in place, I want to take the opportunity to mention, that before this day at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest in 2018, I had not reserved the requisite time to dedicate myself to in-action and listen to Nola speakers.

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Accent Speaker Technology is Nola, and I don’t know any other way to put it.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2018: Must See Rooms of Saturday

By | October 7th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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There are over 400 brands exhibiting here at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest. Making this event one of largest audio shows in North America. For some this can seem overwhelming. and cause a bit of anxiety. Alas, have no fear, the rag-tag band of misfits from Part-Time Audiophile are ready to be your audio show guide.

Here are some surefire rooms to get you started and off on the right foot.

Okay, for some time now I’ve been drooling over TIDAL loudspeakers.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2017: Best In Show

By | November 11th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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This year dawned with plenty of questions facing the high-end audio industry. The most pressing were: Would the U.S. economy hold up, allowing manufacturers and retailers to stay afloat? Would vinyl continue its revival, possibly enticing young people into a hobby that’s in danger of aging out? And, would the recent growth in the show circuit create too much of a good thing?

That third question was still hanging in the air as September arrived and the last two of the record seven major domestic gatherings for 2017 were scheduled to go off within weeks of each other, putting a strain on the finances and staff of audio companies and creating decisions for potential out-of-town attendees.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2017: Nola Boxer S2 casts a long acoustic shadow

By | November 3rd, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

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I’ve learned to allocate a little extra time when I see the Accent Speaker Technology Ltd. sign in the hallway at a show. Inside the room, I know I’m going to find a set of Nola speakers running on tubes and producing a mammoth soundstage. Once I get into the sweet-spot chair, it’s difficult to not want to luxuriate in that aural illusion for hours.

Typically, Accent president Carl Marchisotto is showing one of his floor-stander models, which have an unusual, open-top “bell tower” design.… Read the full article

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LA Audio Show 2017: Nola Gold 2s play music like ringing a bell

By | July 23rd, 2017|Categories: Nordost, Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Nola speakers don’t look like anything else. In my experience, hearing hundreds of different transducers at shows each year, they don’t sound like anything else, either.

Visually, putting Nolas in your room is something like installing a pair of wooden, scale-model bell towers. With these speakers, the upper portion of the cabinets is open on three sides — left, right and back.

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In fact, if you were playing AC/DC’s “Hells Bells” on Nolas, you might be forgiven for getting up to check for ringers hanging in those towers.… Read the full article

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TAVES 2016: Truely Nola

By | December 22nd, 2016|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , |

TAVES 2016: Truely Nola

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By Richard H. Mak

I wasn’t sure whether the sign posted on the door of Foldback Sound is meant to be humorous or sarcastic, let’s just say his creativity (or lack thereof) has at least gotten my attention.  I had to go in just to see what’s inside.

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TAVES 2016 coverage sponsored by VPI

Foldback Sound is a local dealer in Toronto, and he has earned himself the prize of demoing the smallest big sounding speakers!   The Nola Brio Quad system features two tiny Nola satellite speakers which is just slightly bigger than a desktop computer speaker, they are designed to work with either 1 or 2 Nola subwoofers which can be placed at a mere 2″ from the back wall.    

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Newport 2016: Nola, VAC soar into the atmosphere

By | July 14th, 2016|Categories: Nordost, Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , |

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When I entered the Nola/Valve Amplification Co. room at T.H.E. show in Newport, a distinctive repeating pattern of delicately plucked notes began playing. As the rhythm line continued on the acoustic guitar, suddenly there was a loud burst: “Wham-whoom-wham, wham-whoom-wham.” It could only be one person: “heavy mental” steel-string genius Michael Hedges.

Indeed, the cut was “Aerial Boundaries,” a four-minute instrumental in which the composer plays with two hands simultaneously — his left hand not only fretting but also strumming and tapping the strings high on the neck, while his right hand finger-picks countermelodies, sharp accents and lighting-quick runs.… Read the full article

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