The Carrera 7 may be a 16″ tall shoebox, but it’s only 3db down at 38hz. To put that in perspective, that’s lower and flatter than the pair of Tannoy Glenairs I use at home. In a space like this one, that translates to a very full sonic presentation without ever overloading the room. I’d always assumed that Fritz was just lazy (I kid! I kid!), but he may be on to something.
Oddly, Fritz’s little 4 ohm, 88db sensitive shoebox was paired here with the same Electra Fidelity A3-500 monoblocks ($9995) that Tony Chipelo had deployed so successfully at the Newport show in June. Matching all of ten single-ended watts to a speaker like the Carrera 7 is, to say the least, counterintuitive. In this case, though, it was again proven to be a dynamic and wholly satisfying match.
But “wholly satisfying” isn’t really good enough for these guys.
We made a return visit on Saturday afternoon because Fritz was offering a sneak peek at his new speaker. Unlike the big Carrera, this new box sports a hemp coned driver. Fritz set them up — in true improvisational style — by putting them upside down on top of the Carreras. A quick listen to Shooglenifty proved that Fritz still had a little tweaking to do (the tweeters were a little too eager to rip my face off), but the oh-my-GOD tone coming out of this thing was organic, natural, and instantly likable. Even better? If my notes are correct, this is set to cost less than $1700. It’s even smaller than the Carrera 7, too. I told you that Fritz hates lifting things.