LA Audio Show 2017

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Triode Pete

Re: LA Audio Show 2017
« Reply #20 on: 13 Jun 2017, 08:53 pm »
Some additional feedback from the LAAS...

"Greg Roberts should be very proud of his new speakers. The Volti Audio Rival speakers, starting at $7,900, are something very special. I’ve only heard The Volti Audio speakers at shows. I hope sometime in the future to remedy this. As I sat and listen to this system, I couldn’t believe getting this kind of sound from a speaker that can be had for a little less than $8,000. The sound was full, and the music flowed out into the room without effort. I could have listened to it for hours and would have loved to.

Besides the Volti Audio Rival speakers (starting at $7,900; $11,900/pair for the rosewood finish in my picture. The source was an Acoustic Signature Triple X turntable ($5,995) with an Acoustic Signature TA-2000 tonearm ($2,399) and a Dynavector 20X2 HOMC cartridge ($995). The phono stage was a Perla Audio Motif ($5,500) and the amp was a class-AB 100W per channel Perla Audio Signature 50 integrated amplifier ($9,500). All the cabling was from Triode Wire."

Thank you, The Audio Beatnik!!!


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Re: LA Audio Show 2017
« Reply #21 on: 14 Jun 2017, 09:30 pm »
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Triode Pete

Re: LA Audio Show 2017
« Reply #22 on: 17 Jun 2017, 11:43 am »
Broken Link Alert:

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Triode Pete

Re: LA Audio Show 2017
« Reply #23 on: 13 Jul 2017, 09:36 pm »
Better late than never!

Feedback from Part Time Audiophile's John Stancavage...

LA Audio Show 2017: Volti’s ‘compact’ Rival speaks with big voice

"I had to chuckle a little to myself when Volti Audio rolled out what it described as its “compact” loudspeaker at the Los Angeles Audio Show.

Calling the new model small, however is kind of like describing a Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan as “entry level.” Even with that car, you’re still getting plenty of luxury.

It’s much the same with the Rival ($7,900 to $11,900 USD/pair, depending on options). It’s still a Volti, and you’re still looking at a lot of speaker.

Volti has made its reputation building big, efficient transducers. Large cabinets holding equally sizable woofers and high-frequency horns are inherent in the design philosophy.

So, with the Rival, “compact” is relative. Yes, it’s somewhat smaller than the company’s other products. Still, the people at Volti haven’t completely lost their minds and tried to go after the computer-desk market.

At 41.5x19x16 inches and 125 pounds each, the Rival isn’t something you’re going to wedge into your bookshelf next to your John Grisham collection. You wouldn’t want to hide this speaker anyway, as the Rival has the same handsome styling and fine woodwork as its bigger siblings.

The Rival is a three-way design that boasts a sensitivity of 100 db. Only a handful of watts are needed to power the speaker to reasonable volume levels, according to Volti.

Its driver compliment of a ported 15-inch woofer, 2-inch compression midrange and 1-inch horn-loaded tweeter produce a frequency response of 32Hz to 20Khz.

The speaker comes with birch trim as standard. The drivers are visible, with grills an extra-cost option. A number of wood veneers also are offered for a fee, as are upgrades for the feet/plinth.

You even can order your Rivals with a horizontal layout, or outfit the midrange and tweeter with resistors in an L-pad configuration to adjust the output for your room and taste.

All these options make the speakers extraordinarily customizable.

I’ve auditioned Volti’s larger models, particularly its flagship Vittora, at other shows. I’ve always come away impressed with their openness, lack of horn coloration and bold, live sound.

To what degree, I wondered, would the Rival be able to present those same strengths?

In LA, I auditioned the new speaker on a system that also included a front end built around equipment from Perla Audio, including its Signature 50 integrated amp ($9,500 USD), Motif phono stage ($5,500 USD) and Composure DAC ($3,900 USD).

Analog was handled by an Acoustic Signature Triple X turntable ($5,995 USD) with an Acoustic Signature TA-2000 tonearm ($2,399 USD) and a Dynavector 20X2-HOMC cartridge ($995).

Connections were made courtesy Triode Wire Labs, a frequent Volti show partner, and featured the American line of speaker cables ($699 USD a set), Spirit interconnects ($349 USD a pair), Spirit 75 digital cable ($299 USD each), Split Power and Data USB cable ($329 USD each) and power cords including the Obsession ($1,399 USD each), High Power Digital American ($699 USD each), Digital American ($499 USD each) and Ten Plus ($399 USD each).

I wound up staying for a while, as this room not only was making good sound, it was playing some of my favorite musicians.

The first cut I heard was Muddy Waters’ “Mannish Boy.” Specifically, it was the version he recorded for his 1977 album Hungry Again.

Water’s voice sounded raw and powerful, while Pinetop Perkins’ piano and James Cotton’s harp were presented with both detail and energy. (This is the classic album produced by Johnny Winter, who’s also credited with “guitar and miscellaneous screaming.”)

Next up was Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side.” Lou’s talk-sing vocal was clear and tactile, while the iconic female back-up singers were very distinct in the mix. In addition, the Rival’s large woofer allowed me to follow both parts of Herbie Flowers’ two overdubbed bass lines.

Finally, I asked to hear one of my cuts, Bob Dylan’s “Jokerman” from Infidels, the 1983 album that returned him to secular music.

The rhythm parts on this LP, played by reggae legends Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare, often sound somewhat muffled. Through the Rivals though, Dunbar’s snare had a more authoritative whack and Shakespeare’s bass was deep and tuneful.

Overall, judging from memory, I would say the larger Vittora ($25,750/pair USD) offers a bit more weight, dynamics and detail – essentially a little extra of everything. But for less than one-third the price, Volti’s new “compact” model, well, rivals its older brother. Well worth hearing."

Thank you, John!!!



Re: LA Audio Show 2017
« Reply #24 on: 14 Jul 2017, 01:29 am »
This was my first show. "Newbie". I have modest system (oppo 205 / Odyssey / Tekton).  I made it to maybe 25-35 rooms. Only a handful of rooms "Blew Me away".   M.B.L. In room 206 "wow" , GamuT in room 409 "what a nice medium size blow you away system (stand mount speakers) , My Favorite room of the show Room 346 .  (Volti/Perla/TriodeWireLab/Fidelis). My first thoughts was " I could stay in this room for the rest of the day !!! ".  But with only 6-8 chairs in the room I only spent about 20 minutes in the room.

I sat in the chair all the way to left for a few minutes , when the guy in middle got up and said " take the sweet spot Duude". That's when the "spin doctor" put on the DOORS...  That did it for me.  I could easily live with this system, oh yeah !!  Above my price rang ? "Yes" But not out of reach of dreaming about. I would guess this room was around the $ 25,000-$ 30,000 mark. I LOVED IT....