At Capital Audiofest 2021, Nola Speakers presented the world premiere of its Champ S3 and Metro Grand Reference Gold Series 3 loudspeakers.
The Champ S3 is an under-$10,000 per pair floorstanding open baffle model incorporating all-new drivers and technologies. The Metro Grand Reference Gold Series 3 now incorporates upgraded crossover technology and proprietary techniques. Both loudspeakers were showcased at Capital Audiofest, November 5–7, 2021 at the Twinbrook Hilton, Rockville, MD, in the Regency Room.
Champ S3 Loudspeaker
Measuring 42 inches high by 9-1/2 inches wide by 12-inches deep, the new Champ S3 is a 3-1/2-way design that employs five drivers. The tweeter and midrange drivers are housed in Nola’s signature open-baffle configuration, which eliminates “box” enclosure colorations and contributes to the speaker’s spacious soundstage. The Champ S3 features Nola’s finest silk-dome 1-inch tweeter and twin 3-inch midrange drivers mounted in a dipole configuration. The dual 6 1/2-inch low-mass bass drivers operate in separate, tuned chambers, a design that combines bass extension with superior speed and articulation.
The Champ S3’s crossover network utilizes two hand-wired point-to-point boards with Mundorf oil capacitors, and Nordost monofilament silver wire in critical audio path locations. The Champ S3 is supplied with a matching base and floor spikes, and is available in a American cherry wood finish. The Nola Champ S3 is now shipping at a suggested retail price of $9500 per pair. An optional double-ball-bearing isolation platform is available for $3000 per pair (suggested retail).
Metro Grand Reference Gold Series 3
The Nola Metro Grand Reference Gold Series 3 is an ultra high-end floorstanding loudspeaker designed to deliver state-of-the-art sound in small to large sized rooms. It has been upgraded with new crossover network technology, new midrange and bass drivers, and proprietary refinements. The speaker’s true ribbon tweeter has been improved with new components built in-house. The twin magnesium cone Super Alnico magnet bass drivers have been re-engineered for extremely low electrical and magnetic distortion and electrical “drag” has been reduced, for improved low-level signal reproduction, dynamic contrasts, and quick transient response. In addition, Nordost internal silver wiring is used throughout.
Available in mirror-imaged pairs, the Metro Grand Reference Gold Series 3 features a proprietary-design ribbon tweeter, along with a 4-1/2-inch proprietary midrange driver driven by a Super Alnico magnet with a gold plated phase plug, Dual 6-1/2-inch woofers driven by Super Alnico magnet systems operate in separate tuned chambers, and provide clean response to 25 Hz. The speaker is available in a real Santos Rosewood Gloss finish with a Black Gloss base. Black Gloss and other finishes are available by special order. A double ball bearing isolation platform is included. The Nola Metro Grand Reference Gold Series 3 is now shipping at a suggested retail price of $60,000 per pair.
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