There was no sense of the usual "music coming from speakers", they completely disappear leaving just a musical perofrmance, that magic exlixer we all serch for. It was hard to leave this room. We just wanted to stay and stay.
Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2013: Speakers $20,000 and Above
By Jonathan Valin | Oct 15th, 2013
RMAF 2013 Show Report
Iíve grown quite fond of Nola Metro Grand Reference Gold loudspeakers ($33,000/pair). Mated once again with ultra-transparent, full-range Nordost Odin cabling and several Nordost Quantums ($2200/each), the system brought out the true nature of Audio Researchís CD-8 CD player ($9000), Reference 75 amplifier ($9000), and Reference 10 preamplifier ($30,000). On a recent Mercury Living Presence CD reissue of music by Chabrier, that made for an easy-on-the-ears, slightly damped top and the dominant ARC midrange that so many people love. JA tells me that he also was impressed by the sound in this room, and has asked for a pair of the Metro Grands for review in the New Year.
padreken, posted 10/13/2013.
The NOLA grand reference speakers sounded awesome-Carl M. was nice enough to take a break from jazz and classical and crank up Transatlantic's awesome cover of Santana's Soul Sacrifice (with killer drumming from Mike Portnoy) for me, got a nice cup of coffee and a pretty cool NOLA ceramic coffee mug to take home. I'd really like to hear the NOLA Contender, which would be affordable for me-spoke with James Darby from Stereomojo who reviewed them and strongly encouraged me to check them out.
caesar, posted 10/12/2013.
Speaking of natural sound, the Nola Metro Grand Reference Gold speakers went straight to the heart. Carl may not use the latest gimmick in his design, but Nola Metro Gold Reference the speaker makes music and goes straight to your heart. The only thing this system lacked was big explosive bass, but that is not what Carl intended with this design. The new nola speaker driven by arc ref 75 is just superb.
caesar, posted 10/12/2013.
A show rarely goes by for which Nola doesn't have a speaker to debut. This time it's the Metro Grand Reference Gold ($33,000/pair), whose enhancements over the model it replaces include woofers that use alnico magnets for better linearity, gold-plated phase plugs for woofers (which Carl Marchisotto of Nola found removed a slight though noticeable coloration in the lower midrange), Mundorf polypropylene/oil capacitors in the crossover, and Nordost silver wire to connect eveything. The sound was effortless and very supple driven by Audio Research Reference electronics.
Like other Nola speakers, the Metro Grand Reference Gold features a cabinetless design for the ribbon tweeter and midrange driver.
Posted on November 6, 2013 by Kirsten Brodbeck-Kenney
Nola's Metro Grand Reference Gold loudspeakers ($33,000) were sounding possibly the best I've yet heard from a Nola system, backed by a full complement of Audio Research gear: the Reference 75 amplifier ($9,000), Reference 10 preamp ($30,000), and CD-8 CD player ($9,000). Cabling was all Nordost, their new Valhalla 2 line.
This system did great things with piano: each strike of the key was weighty and percussive, and the notes had delicious liquidity.