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RMAF 2013: Volti Audio and SST

CT6A1239 What, more Volti Audio loudspeakers? Twist me arm! Shown in a second room was the new Alura, an A15/MTI 3-way with a 15" bass driver in a bass-reflex cabinet. Up top is a 2" outlet midrange compression driver mounted in a Tractrix midrange horn with a complementary 1" high-frequency compression driver mounted on top of that, in an elliptical Tractrix tweeter horn. As with the Vittora, the Alura sees all-Baltic Birch plywood construction, 1" thick, and here veneered in a Rio Rosewood. Greg Roberts, head architect and general laborer says that the finish is a catalyzed lacquer, medium-rubbed. It's pretty sweet. The whole thing is made in-house up in Maine. Sensitivity is a high 99dB, good for 100wpc on the input (think: "it plays crazy-loud"), and produces 35Hz-20kHz pretty much on command.

I’ve been telling Greg that I think these speakers are a little unconventional looking, not necessarily in a bad way, but the sound he manages to get from them is arresting. Not quite as nuanced as the much more expensive Vittoras, they nonetheless have a similar sound — must be that big ass horn, eh? Duh. Again, while the horn is  not quite the same as what you’d find on the Vittora (the so-called “top-hat”) simply turned on its side, there is quite a bit of similarity. And with that tweeter way up there, the sound stage is tall, wide and quite impressive with its definition. Price is $13,900 for the pair.

Greg was showing them with a quartet of amplifiers from a new-to-me Russian company, SST Audio. The SST “Essence” is an SET that leverages 813 output tubes. The chassis is made out of titanium and African Frake-Tree wood to help control vibrations and resonance. Oh, and to look pretty much drop-dead gorgeous. Yeah. The aesthetic is really quite striking, apparently the result of a collaboration with Italian designers Zagato Studio. Each mono is good for 40wpc, and will set you back $62k/pair.

There were two pairs here at the show.

With the monos, SST provided an active crossover/preamplifier, a 6-input active unit with a tube stage, the SST pre is still $TBD, but we’ve been told to expect almost $40k for the unit.

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1 Comment on RMAF 2013: Volti Audio and SST

  1. Makes me think of Dilbert’s Loud Howard:
    http://dilbert.wikia.com/wiki/Loud_Howard

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