NVA Reviews (THIS THREAD IS ONLY FOR STASHING REVIEWS)

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Unread post by CN211276 » Wed Apr 03, 2019 2:43 pm

Cubettes/P20/A20/SSC

I had become increasingly dissatisfied with the sound of my second system in the bedroom compared to the main system. The second system is in use more now I am retired and do not have to get up early for work.

The offer on the Cubettes was too good to ignore and before they settled in I took up the offers on the P20, A20 and SSC, LS2 already being in place. The transformation in sound seems like a veil has been lifted and going into a lot of detail would be missing the wood for the trees. It now seems like musicians are playing instruments with vocals conveying emotion. The Cubettes brought about most of the improvements, the amps and interconnector increased dynamic range and bass extension. For their size the bass performance of the Cubbettes, supported by washing machine anti vibration pads, is impressive.

The new kit has replaced a Marantz amplifier and Wharfdale Diamond speakers I have had for some time. Both received five star What HiFi reviews. With the previous system I used a Bluetooth DAC because the benefits of a DAC connected to my phone were marginal. Not so with the NVA system. The system is transparent enough to show the subtle difference between the Chord Mojo and Audioquest Dragonfly Red DACs. I find the 3v output of the Mojo too high for the P20 and lower it to achieve the best results. Because of the location the music played has been of wider appeal than what is played on the main system. It has mainly comprised 70s compilation CDs ripped to WAV via the USB Audio Player Pro app which I have found improves SQ.

I must point out that the positioning of the system fits in with the lay out of the room and is therefore not ideal. The components are on top of a cupboard, with the speakers each side of the amplifiers, slightly above optimum height and not facing the listening area. One is in front of a solid wall, the other a heavy curtain. I’m sure the semi omnidirectional design comes into its own in the circumstances. Although listening has been at low levels, it can provide plenty of volume if required. The small size of the components is a plus point for the WAF factor. The footprint is little bigger than that of a small ghetto blaster which was my second system in years gone by.

I am very pleased with the system and am sure its musicality would blow away many costing much more, especially with the speakers optimally sited.
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Sonore microRendu/McRU PS, AQ J-bug, Wirewold Ultraviolet, Chord Mscaler/Qutest, Geitnote Apogee, NVA BMU, P90SA, A80sMk2, Phono 1, SSP Mk 2, TSCS, TIS mk2, Cube 1s, Atacama stands, Rega Planar 3, Denon DL-110, Grado SR 325e, headphones.

Second system
Chord Mojo (also HP amp), NVA P20, A20, Cubettes, SSC, LS3.

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Oppo PM3, Audioquest Dragonfly Red.

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Unread post by Dr Bunsen Honeydew » Mon Apr 08, 2019 1:18 pm

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Hi Richard,
I thought I'd send you some thoughts on the p50sa. If you post them in your reviews thread, could you attribute to Tom A, as you did before, rather than using my full name? Thanks!

I've been running p50sa everyday since Friday. Moving from my active pre to the p50sa made for a few changes. Things acquired a certain weight and solidity, making the sound through the active pre seem a bit thin and ethereal in comparison. My initial impression was one of losing some high frequency detail, but listening more I came to realise that this was more a case of lower frequencies having greater presence than of the high frequencies being absent. Overall the presentation seems more natural now - less hi-fi - and, listening to familiar tracks, I've heard details that I've not heard before; particular in very densely layered music, individual layers are coming through more distinctly now. The imaging is also a little different, not obviously better or worse, just different. The experience with the p50sa has left me even more intrigued to try NVA amplification, which I'm now very much looking forward to doing.

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Unread post by CN211276 » Wed Apr 24, 2019 5:35 pm

LS3

This should be read as an addition to my review of the starter system earlier this month.

Being fully aware of the improvements NVA cables make from my experience with the main system, I took advantage of the trade in to upgrade from LS2. The immediate impression was an improvement in the frequency extremes, all the more important as the system is mainly played at low volume where treble and bass can appear lacking. When turned up the depth of bass the Cubettes produce for their size became very apparent. After a few days, probably taking account of run in, there was clearly more music coming through. This took the form of a greater sense of ease and a more dynamic presentation.

Although not the dramatic improvement resulting from the upgrade to TSCS from LS6 on the main system, a very worthwhile and cost effective improvement.
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Sonore microRendu/McRU PS, AQ J-bug, Wirewold Ultraviolet, Chord Mscaler/Qutest, Geitnote Apogee, NVA BMU, P90SA, A80sMk2, Phono 1, SSP Mk 2, TSCS, TIS mk2, Cube 1s, Atacama stands, Rega Planar 3, Denon DL-110, Grado SR 325e, headphones.

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Chord Mojo (also HP amp), NVA P20, A20, Cubettes, SSC, LS3.

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Oppo PM3, Audioquest Dragonfly Red.

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Unread post by Classicrock » Fri Apr 26, 2019 10:25 am

Cube 2 - replacing Cubettes.

Basically a straight swap so really all I had to say about Cubettes with knobs on. The bigger box makes for a more relaxed and expansive sound. The semi omni presentation takes a little adjustment if you have been used to conventional speakers. Like all NVA it is hard to attribute a sound to these. Just lets the music speak for itself. I would say the bass takes a while to flesh out and doesn't quite equal floorstanders or at least my Missions. Decided to leave a sub in for the time being but still experimenting. Recommended for bass freaks. Mid range is gloriously open and top smooth while remaining detailed. No nasties from the tweeters as in many modern designs.

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Unread post by Dr Bunsen Honeydew » Sun May 05, 2019 9:03 pm

Living with Cubettes
Post by Ordinaryman » Sun May 05, 2019 2:41 pm

Having got my pair of traded in Cubettes some 3/4 weeks ago I thought it was about time I posted a review. First thing I should say is I have posted my initial thoughts on the" understanding Cubettes" thread so I'll try not to repeat too much. I'd like to say the service ,packaging we're excellent and the finish of the little boxes superb. Well the important bit, right from the start they proved to be amazing little speaker's resolution, control and tonality superb, a real big surprise! My biggest problem was ignoring what id learned up until then about placement. Unfortunately I don't have a solid wall I can place them near to due to odd shaped room ,built in cupboard and recess in the room. The last week or so has been spent experimenting with trying to place them as best as the room permits (should have read more here beforehand ) anyway I believe I have now got them placed as best I can and have to say they are a bit of an eye opener, even when not ideally placed. They make my Arcams sound slow with limited treble and my Dynaudios far to clinical, on the right recording, CD or vinyl they can be so good! Even when (I'm sure) not used under the best of circumstances. I would recommend them highly to anyone thinking of buying them, can't think there would be anything better out there for this kind of money, or even twice (my Dynaudios cost over £600) just do your homework first wall, placement etc and I'm sure you will be rewarded with some of the best "music" you have heard.
To sum it all up despite there being limitations in my room they will stay, who knows one day I might be able to use them in a better room! Well done NVA !!!
The last thing I'll say is they seem to like a bit of current? (running my little Rega map at higher volume settings) and are not forgiving of poor recordings but when they are good, you'll know :dance: ì

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