Mono a Mano

We always make a point of visiting DeVore Fidelity's rooms because John DeVore always makes music come alive—and we are so down with that.

This year, J-DeV was showing off The Nines ($6500/pair), which he described as a 2.5-way DeVore Fidelity Super 8 ($4000/pair) clone "that just kept getting better." The side firing 8" woofer begins to taper off "around 100Hz or so," DeVore explained.

Very smooth—and very deep.

"What's that?" I was pointing to EMT's JPA-66 Varia-Curve Full Function Preamp (price TBD). I was hypnotized by its VU meters, but Tone's Jonathan Helpern had something cooler to show me.

"It takes four different phono inputs, different phono equalization curves, a scratch filter, and a subsonic filter. Are you guys ready for some mono?"

Seconds later, we were listening to a 78rpm 10" single of Frankie Lyman. It sounded great. "Yeah," Halperin said, "and this was a jukebox copy, so it got played to bits. That scratch filter really works!"

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Stephen Mejias's picture

DeVore Fidelity speakers make me happy, energize me. Even after a long day of treading the show halls, I can sit down to listen to these speakers come out feeling revitalized. If you recall my factory visit, you'll know that an early iteration of The Nine featured a downward-firing woofer. The final product, seen here, however, is sideways-firing. I asked John DeVore about this."We found that the downward-firing driver was a little limiting," he said. "The sideways-firing woofer allows for more placement options. You can walk around the room while music is playing and hear that the tonal quality remains consistent."I trust him on this, having no desire whatsoever to walk away, compelled, instead to sit, happily enjoying the music.

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