|Opera Mezza Loudspeakers Review|
|Home Theater Loudspeakers Bookshelf/Monitor Loudspeakers|
|Written by Andre Marc|
|Tuesday, 23 April 2013|
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Seconda model, which I found to be beautifully made, with sonics to match. Marc Phillips, of Colleen Cardas Imports, contacted me about reviewing the Mezza, a two-way monitor that had recently getting much attention in Europe. I accepted based on how much I enjoyed the Seconda in my system.
As I mentioned in my Seconda review, all Opera loudspeakers are made in their Treviso, Italy, factory. They are the sister company to Unison Research, fine purveyors of mostly tube based electronics. I reviewed both the Unico CDPrimo and CDE CD players. I found the workmanship, styling, and sound to be wonderful. As a matter of fact, the CDE was one of the most seductive sounding digital source components I have had in my listening room.
The Opera Mezza retails for $1495 and is available in four finishes, including gloss white, gloss black, mahogany, and cherry. My review samples arrived in a drop dead gorgeous cherry finish. The front baffle, top, and rear of the speaker are finished in a “leatherette”, which could fool many into thinking it was real leather. Opera says it performs a dual function, providing sonic benefits and also protection. The Mezza is equipped with a single set of high quality speaker binding posts, and some attractive, removable grilles. I removed the grilles for all my listening.
Internally, the bass reflex loaded Mezza sports a five-inch Scanspeak woofer, and a one-inch SEAS tweeter, the same used in the Secondas, by the way. The Mezza is fairly substantial for a monitor, weighing more than any other mini monitor I have auditioned. And it is pretty deep, measuring 11 inches from front baffle to back panel, where there is small port near the top of the enclosure. Opera also sells an optional matching stand that bolts to the speakers via threads on the bottom of the Mezza.
Set Up & Listening
The Mezzas were set up on twenty-six inch Sound Anchors stands, with roughly fifteen degrees of toe in. I used the Mezzas with three different integrated amplifiers, including the McIntosh MA6600, the Wyred4Sound MiNT, and the Electrocompaniet ECI3. Cabling was Darwin Silver for interconnects, and Transparent MusicWave speaker wire. The speakers had roughly three feet of clearance around all boundaries. I did not find the Mezzas to be fussy about setup in general.
I got a pretty clear picture of what the sonic personality of the Mezza early on, but this was after some break in. I felt the speakers were a little tight sounding but they opened up nicely after about week. This was not reviewer/listener break in mind you which I believe is another type of “break in”. No this was a physical change. The drivers relaxed and the Opera sound, so to speak, came through.