Original owner selling three-year-old pair of excellent condition Nola Reference III loudspeakers in piano rosewood finish with matching rosewood external crossover networks, 3prs. Nordost silver jumpers(for connecting crossovers), Pair of Homegrown Cable Silver jumpers(for if you elect single-wiring), threaded spikes, boxes & manual. The grilles are unused. Dealer-recommended Symposium Svelte Shelf platform and Rollerblock Jr.’s (available optionally at half retail price -- 1 shelf and 3 pairs of Rollerblock Jr. per side) for under the crossover boxes.
These were Ref II models which dealer had upgraded by Nola prior to purchase to the Ref III level which incorporates the same mid-range driver that is in the Metro, Baby & Grand References and crossover improvements! This is a true reference level product that exemplifies many of Nola's best design principles: 1) open baffle mid-range & tweeter for low distortion operation and that open dipole sound; 2) sealed bass; 3) low-mass drivers with Alnico magnets; and 4) external crossovers.
In addition, to their extraordinary sound, these loudspeakers are absolutely beautiful with their curved lines and Piano Rosewood finish.The whole Nola line have high WAF and ideal for audiophiles who want to use their living room as a listening room. This pair is the same model that Carl Marchisotto told me in 2014 that he uses at home. A high quality loudspeaker that works well in rooms small or large using premium parts including Alnico magnets & Mundorf silver, gold and oil caps throughout.
Demo available @19803, ~2hrs from NYC-DC. ($16,000 MSRP) $7500. Platforms/Rollerblocks ($1396 MSRP) $700. Please note that any white spots in photos below are reflections.
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Bob Reina, Stereophile reviewer, used the same speakers in his reviewing for years.
Absolute Sound Editor's Choice $10,000-$20,000 Speakers 2012: "If you are frustrated by loudspeakers that occasionally impress in a hi-fi sense, but don't really allow you to focus on the music, TM found the open-baffle multiway ribbon/cone Nola Viper a breakthrough -- neutral, non-analytical, and highly musical."
From nola.com: "The Viper Reference series III replaces the Viper Reference II. The series III provides further improved performance for the Viper Reference. A new 110mm Alnico magnet mid range driver has been developed for the series III. The moving mass of this driver has been reduced to about 4 grams. In addition, a new phase plug has been implemented to reduce resonance and improve dispersion.
Contrast this with other brands of speakers that use 170mm midrange drivers with 16 grams of moving mass! Although a large magnet can help to start these heavy drivers, once moving, the inertia of their mass prevents them from stopping quickly. This is a four times reduction in mass and relates to improved transient response, transparency, openness and natural dynamic response. Coupled with our open baffle technology, the midrange of the series III attains a new high in fidelity and natural sound. Despite its small size, our proprietary technology allows this small midrange driver in the series III to blend seamlessly to provide coherent sound. This driver is a custom design for us only and is produced by the finest of European manufacturers.
The external crossover module has also been upgraded. We have developed a new circuit that provides for a monotonic decay of the drivers across the range. This technique provides for increased depth, transparency and a tighter bass response. The soundstage is more open as well with better low-level resolution and more coherent harmonic structures. For maximum performance we recommend our IP-1 ball bearing isolation platform under the crossover. Silver jumpers are provided to connect the crossover to the speakers. Both the midrange and tweeter operate as open baffle dipoles. The dipole dome tweeter utilizes twin Alnico ring magnets for lowest distortion and fastest response with a natural high frequency reproduction free of hardness. The twin magnesium 220mm cast frame woofers operate with perfect piston operation to ten times beyond the crossover frequency. Each woofer is in a separate sealed chamber. The volume of each chamber is different in order to smooth the in-room bass response. The result is accurate bass with both subtlety and power.
The Viper Reference III continues to break new ground in providing a true reference grade loudspeaker with both a reasonable price and a modest footprint.
Specifications Response: 25 Hz to 30,000 Hz Low Frequency: Twin cast magnesium 220mm bass drivers, sealed system Mid Frequency: 110mm tri-laminate cone with Alnico magnet and phase plug High Frequency: 25mm dipole dome with twin Alnico ring magnets Impedance: 8 ohm nominal / 4 ohm minimum Crossover: External bi-wire (or single wire using included silver jumper cables) Sensitivity: 88dB Dimensions: 46"H x 10"W x 15"D Finish: True Piano Rosewood"
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