I was the Boston area Nola dealer and these were my demo units that later became my personal pair. I love these speakers but we have moved to San Francisco and our living room give us very few options for reasonable placement (like many speakers they shine when they are positioned well away from the front wall).
These are the Series I model. I know they can be factory upgraded to Gold if you are interested.
They were purchased from Nola in May 2011 and were previosly show demos. They came with a nick on the top of one of the speakers (see picture) but otherwise are in very nice condition. I've rated accordingly. They do not have grills.
For many years, Nola has been regarded as one of the most highly revered loudspeaker manufacturers and now is your chance to own a pair of one of their premiere systems - The Metro Grand Reference.
The Metro Grand Reference is a compact floor standing loudspeaker that provides state of the art sound quality in small to medium rooms. The Metro Grand Reference uses only one square foot of floor space. Technology developed for the Grand Reference VI and the Concert Grand Reference have been "trickled down" to provide performance that is the cutting edge for what can be achieved in this size platform.
Twin 160 mm magnesium cone woofers are low mass designs and combine high speed, deep bass and very low distortion. Each woofer is housed in a separate chamber and is separately tuned with its own port. Bass is tighter with improved definition. The open baffle midrange driver is a very low mass design and is driven by a premium Alnico magnet system for the lowest distortion and elimination of box coloration over the critical midrange frequencies.
The Metro Grand Reference features a new true ribbon tweeter. This new driver extends the high frequency response to 100 kHz. This extended bandwidth provides an increased sense of "reality" over the whole range including the bass.
The lack of any enclosure in the midrange or high frequency range eliminates any possible enclosure coloration in this critical region -- something that cannot be achieved with any kind of box loudspeaker. Newly developed polypropylene/oil capacitors provide increased resolution for the 3½ way UnisonTM hand wired crossover. The crossover is implemented on three separate crossover boards, internally mounted. Flat copper ribbon coils and Nordost Mono-Filament Silver wire are used throughout.
The Metro Grand Reference utilizes a double platform ball bearing isolation base to further reduce floor-borne vibrations which tend to "muddy" the sound.
Dimensions: 45"H x 11½"W x 13½"D (overall including bases)
Weight: 85 lbs. net per side
Frequency Range: 25 Hz to 100 kHz
Sensitivity: 87 dB
Impedance: 8 ohm nominal / 4 ohm minimum