T.H.E. Show – Newport Beach 2014

May 24, 2014 in News by Jonathan Tinn

THE Show Newport 2014

May 30th – June 1st, 2014:

T.H.E. Show at Newport Beach is quickly approaching and this year The Audio Association, Los Angeles’ premier source for audio equipment, will be exhibiting in Room 716 at the Hilton Hotel.

The Audio Association will be exhibiting our Evolution Acoustics MMMiniTwo loudspeakers along with darTZeel’s brand new all-in-one LHC-208 (amplifier / preamplifier / DSD 2X DAC). Vinyl will be spinning on the Wave Kinetics NVS Reference Turntable utilizing darTZeel’s new NHB-18NS as a phonostage. The tonearm they will use will be a brand new offering from Durand Tonearms called the Kairos which will hold the Ortofon MC-Anna Reference cartridge. Record cleaning will be done by the KLAUDiO Ultrasonic Vinyl Cleaning System. If that is not enough, ATR Services is bringing a completely reconditioned Ampex ATR-102 reel to reel tape machine along with some of the best music (Master Tapes) you will ever hear. All vibration control and isolation will be done using Wave Kinetics’ A10-U8 Component Control Systems as well as the 2NS Loudspeaker Isolation System.

This is one room you will not want to miss!

Evolution Acoustics Launches MMExact Line Of Loudspeakers

March 20, 2014 in News by Jonathan Tinn

MMTwo Exact Tight

Evolution Acoustics MMTwo and MMThree loudspeakers transport you into the breathtaking realm of natural music:  less hi-fi, less reproduced, less processed; more immediate, more unconstrained by technical limitations, more real. The MMExact line takes this journey to the outer limits of sonic possibilities, delivering much higher emotional content. We do this not by added tonal warmth or artifacts, but by allowing the signal to be fully rendered, keeping it absolutely pure and completely faithful to the artistry of the original event. Experience your music in ways you never thought possible; from the discovery of subtle-nuances previously unheard, to rich and boundless soulful expressions resonating to your core. 

Evolution Acoustics MM series loudspeakers are designed and built around a philosophy of Maximum Modularity. Maximum Modularity means that upgradability is easily accomplished by the addition of another module. The MMExact products epitomize that ideology.

The MMExact, an acronym for External X-over Acoustic Compensation Technology, is designed, engineered, handcrafted, and assembled in the USA. This is the identical circuit topology housed in our flagship MMSeven loudspeakers. In short, the MMExact module system transforms MMTwo or MMThree loudspeaker systems up to the real world performance standards of our statement product. The midrange and tweeter achieve the same output characteristics as the MMSeven. The woofers receive increased smoothness and definition. This dramatic improvement is accomplished by isolating all of the mechanical distortion nodes of each of the drivers and suppressing their influence on the overall sound, generating ruler flat frequency response, with extremely low distortion. Simultaneously, the electrical performance of the system is smoothed, yielding much tighter impedance deviations, or smaller phase shifts. This combines for a loudspeaker that is more accurate, both sonically and electrically, resulting in much greater realism in both tonal reproduction and sound stage presentation.

You may think you have heard great speakers, but once you experience the MMExacts, you will know greatness has been redefined.

 

 

Evolution Acoustics MMMiniTwo Wins 2014 Stereomojo Maximum Mojo Award

March 4, 2014 in News by Jonathan Tinn

Stereomojo Max Mojo Award 2014

In short, the Evolution Acoustics MMMiniTwo time after time, without fail, through thousands of different musical selections across every musical style, decade and century, gave us the most musically enjoyable, exhilarating, rewarding and satisfying musical experience we had yet relished in our 30 plus year audio journey. While we are not sure what the “MM” designation really stands for, in our book it’s Maximum Mojo.

Because of it’s extreme adjustability to room acoustics and listener taste, it is easy to recommend these speakers to those want the very best sound in practically any listening environment.

They are easy to drive since the 1,000 amp in each speaker carries the heaviest load, but 60-100 wpc would be the least to put in front of them since they are capable of very high transient output, even though their specs says minimum is 15 wpc. Max, they say, is 200 wpc. Impedance is 9 Ohms, but – and this is important – that only varies +/- 1.5 Ohms – very steady load and very tube friendly.

Frequency response – get this – is 15Hz-40kHz and that is at a slim +/- 3 dB! That’s considered virtually ruler flat. But, at +/- 6 db, still very acceptable, they claim they go down to 10 Hz (!) and up to 70kHz! Down only 6db at 10 Hz? We said they went low.

Sensitivity is claimed to be 86 db, which we think substantiates our 60-100 wpc observation unless you listen at pretty low levels.

In addition, since they are very revealing, use good quality components and cables to get optimum performance. They are equally at home with any genre from lute solos to Mahler. They do an outstanding job of conveying scale or size in their soundstage. And yes, they will rock! Tracks heavy in rhythm are especially a delight because of their sheer speed from top to lowest bottom.

Room size is important. Moderately small to moderately large should work well. They play loud, but they do have their limits. That’s why Evolution makes bigger speakers.

And yes, they sound almost acoustically identical to their bigger brothers we deemed “the best stereo reproduction we have ever heard…period.

It does take time to burn them in and then adjust them to your room and taste, but we believe it is time well worth it.

Click here for the full review.

Evolution Acoustics MMMicroOnes Wins 2013 Brutus Award

January 13, 2014 in News by Jonathan Tinn

Positive Feedback 2013 Brutus Award - Evolution Acoustics MMMicroOne

The Evolution Acoustics MMMicroOne Loudspeakers Wins
Positive Feedback’s Brutus Award For 2013 

“Well, what can I say?! I fell in love with this powerful and lovely monitor the first time that I saw it… and then I heard it! Cowabunga! It’s smashing… at $4000 for a pair of these lovelies including stands, definitely the best price-performance speaker going in my experience.

I’ve gotten to hear them in our reference listening room on their stands, and also on our desktop in near-field listening. It’s amazing in either setting: deep, powerful, rich, transparent, with tons of soul and reference-grade sonics.

Enough said! Check out Blue Light Audio for details. 

If you’re in the market for monster minis, then this is it, amigos!

Definitely a PFO Brutus Award winner… enthusiastically!”

Audio Works Of Art!

October 9, 2012 in News by Jonathan Tinn

 

The Evolution Acoustics MMMicroOne loudspeakers are now shipping!

August 24, 2012 in News by Jonathan Tinn

Evolution Acoustics Warehouse - MMMicroOnes with stands

Thank you all for your patience and understanding during the much longer than expected production time.

We have a lot of orders to fill, and expect to be incredibly busy with all the upcoming shipments. We will be shipping based on when the orders came in. First in, first out.

For those of you who are taking a leap of faith and have ordered without first hearing the MMMicroOne loudspeakers, we sure hope you will be as happy with them as we are.

Feel free to call us or your dealer with any questions.

Evolution Acoustics MMMicroOne Production Pictures

May 26, 2012 in News by Jonathan Tinn

Production is almost complete as you can see from the pictures below:

MMMicroOne Side Panels

MMMicroOne Front Baffles

Finished MMMicroOne Cabinet

MMMicroOne Shipping Crates

MMMicroOne Stands in Crate

MMMicroOne Stands in Crates

Stereomojo 2011 Loudspeaker of the Year – MMMiniTwo

February 11, 2012 in News by Jonathan Tinn

Stereomojo 2011 PRODUCT OF THE YEAR Small

Simply the best speaker of any type; electrostatic, open baffle, single driver, horn or conventional, at any price, we have experienced. And that’s saying a lot. This speaker is a game changer. Full, extended range that is virtually perfectly seamless from top to ultra-low bottom. You can have your Magicos, Wilsons, Focals, Maggies or whatever brand you choose. We would put this speaker up against anything in a typical room. If your room is, say, over 30 feet and heavily damped, you may need to step up to its bigger brother that sounds almost identical but just moves more air for very large spaces. The MMMiniTwo is actually a two-way monitor attached atop a separate 1,000 watt, powered subwoofer system. Simply take every superlative you’ve ever heard ascribed to any speaker and double it for this stunner from Evolution. Our publisher James Darby says, “If there is one speaker I’d most like to own out of all I’ve seen and heard, it is the Evolution MMMiniTwo.”

MMMicroOne Shipping Date

February 10, 2012 in News by Jonathan Tinn

Evolution Acoustics MMMicroOne - smallThe long awaited Evolution Acoustics MMMicroOne loudspeakers will start shipping May 1st. We have a long back order so please be patient as we will try to ship as many as we can, as soon as we can.

Evolution’s MMMicroOne By John Atkinson – Stereophile

February 3, 2012 in News by Jonathan Tinn

I missed this tiny jewel of a speaker when it made its debut at the 2011 T.H.E.Show, but it’s now in production. As I sat down to listen to it at this year’s show, I asked what it cost.

“25.”

Okay, $25,000/pair is not unheard of for high-performance minimonitors; the Sonus Faber, Magico, and Franco Serblin stand-mount speakers are even more expensive.

“No, 25 hundred per pair. With the stands.

Now that is extremely affordable for a speaker that gave one of the best sounds I heard in Las Vegas, even if it is manufactured “overseas.” Driven by a darTZeel NHB-108 stereo amplifier and a darTZeel preamp, with the source the new Emotion media server software from Merging Technologies (of pro-audio Pyramix fame) running on a Windows laptop and feeding DSD data via USB to a Playback Designs MPS-3, these little speakers produced a huge soundstage yet with extraordinary dynamics. The bass drum thwacks at the start of the Tilson-Thomas/San Francisco performance of Mahler’s Symphony 3 were simply awesome!

System power was being sourced from two Audience aR6-TS Adept Response power conditioners. The MMMicroOne’s drivers are all custom. The tweeter uses a Kapton diaphragm and is similar to an AMT type while the twin long-throw 4″ woofers use a sandwich cone formed from a magnesium core with ceramic on both sides, Excursion is claimed to be 6mm, linear, 20mm total, with extension to 35Hz.

http://www.stereophile.com/content/evolutions-micro-one