Jolida, TARA Labs, MBL

The big joy of visiting the United Home Audio room, manufacturer of the Phase 11S tape deck with outboard power supply ($23,000 as configured), was reuniting with Michael Allen of Jolida. The good news is that Michael, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, has made a full recovery.

Jolida’s new Luxor preamplifier ($6500), which comes equipped with Bybee rails, and new Luxor monoblock amplifiers ($7500 each), which use KT-150 tubes and have an outboard power supply to address noise, are both manufactured in the United States. Both are fully balanced units. Michael tells me that the Bybee rails “really knock the noise out;” the extra transparency they bring to Jolida products also helps transmit more weight in the midrange.

Also new in this room were Tara Labs’ new highly flexible Evolution Zero rectangular solid-core interconnects ($18,000/pair). The one and only Matthew Bond of Tara Labs was on hand to explain that the Tara Labs Zero Gold interconnects, which have been Mikey Fremer’s long-term reference, but were not at all flexible, have been “retired.” Matthew claims an 85% air dielectric for the new cables, and an extremely low 3pF/foot capacitance, which he claims results in 30% greater high-frequency extension. When everything was put together with MBL 116F loudspeakers ($32,500/pair), the sound on recordings by Jennifer Warnes and from a Concord Jazz Sampler was warm, with the tube glow that makes for happy, non-fatiguing listening, albeit not tightly focused.

jimtavegia's picture

My wife has had 2 bouts with colon cancer in the last 5 years and it is no fun for the patient or the family. She is fully recovered as well and cancer free for the last 2 years and a CEA of 2.6.  

BruceW's picture

The show is over.  It is Tuesday.  Where are all the reports about what is better than sliced bread?????

DoggyDaddy's picture

"albeit not tightly focused."  18K for the interconnects.  If I buy the 20K interconnects, could I have tightly focused, please?   #snake_oil

Devon Dicker's picture

Regarding the comment made about the sound "Albeit not tightly focused" in the UHA / Jolida / MBL /room. Though TARA Labs was used in that room, the sound issue had nothing to do with the TARA cables, or even the MBL speakers. FYI -One channel (Jolida) was out of phase for most of the show. It was this "issue" that caused a problem with the sound. Just one of those un-predictable accidents that sometimes happen at live demo shows. Again,this was no fault of TARA Labs or MBL.

Please note that Jolida are very fine, beautiful components that happen to have an accident at this show.