Grace from Volti Audio & BorderPatrol
Welcome to the world of the sold-direct Volti Audio Vittora ($17,500/pair). Art Dudley reviewed this 104dB-sensitive, 3-way fully horn-loaded loudspeaker with a 15" bass driver in a single folded horn enclosure, 2" outlet midrange compression driver, wooden Tractrix midrange horn, 1" high-frequency compression driver, elliptical Tractrix tweeter horn, and hand-wired passive crossover networks in our September 2013 issue. I go into all that detail because this retro-looking baby sounds far, far better than one might think. Mated with Volti Audio’s Vittora subwoofer ($2900) and a Marchand Electronics MB42 subwoofer amplifier ($1500), the speakers sang thanks to three components from BorderPatrol: the S20 ESC dual-mono 18W/channel Parallel SET amplifier w/dual external power supply units ($25,750), Control Unit EXT1 triode line stage preamplifier ($12,250), and DAC2 with 6SN7 tube output stage ($9750). Despite a bit of softness to the sounda slight gray tinge that I associate with SET amplificationthe end result was both convincing and, with celestial music, absolutely heavenly.
Thank you, Volti Audio and BorderPatrol, for the gift of music in Room 1102.