The Nola (formally Alon) line of speakers have been held in high regard for quite a long while. The Nola Contender is a slim floor standing 3-way tower loudspeaker capable of delivering a 35-28K frequency response. The Contender received "Best Sound (For The Lowest Price)" Award from TAS at CES 2011. Jonathan Valin of TAS said, It was almost unbelievable to hear the vast, detailed soundfield these little guys threw". "on top of which, their bass seemed incredibly deep reaching and articulate for such a diminutive transducer" It was just reviewed in Positive Feedback Issue 155 where it was said that "It's the way that great products like the Contenders give us new insights to our musical touchstones that make the effort and expense of fine audio worth the bother." & "Once again, a Nola speaker kicks off the summer with a breakthrough product". In the January 2012 issue of Stereophile, Rob Reina said, "It's not an easy task for a company to "trickle up" a design from their least expensive bookshelf model and in the process create a detailed, dynamic, natural-sounding speaker that is not only a bargain at its price, but in a number of areas betters an earlier $12,000/pair model from the same designer. It's refreshing to see a talented speaker designer put such serious effort into a product not geared for those with deep pockets". Whether it's Classical, Jazz, or Rock, the Nola speakers perform mightily.
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