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Tuesday, 23 April 2013
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Opera Mezza Loudspeakers Review
Listening Cont.
Conclusion and Interview


Opera has a winner with this stylish, $1495 high fidelity two-way monitor. Pair it with a good quality, decently powered amp and you will be rewarded with long, enjoyable listening sessions. The Opera faces stiff competition at their price point, but if you seek a highly resolving, easy on the eyes stand-mounted two-way, the Opera Mezza absolutely should be on your “to audition” list.

I had no quibbles with the Mezza’s presentation, other a slight lack of lower frequency heft. Aside from that, the Mezza’s strengths of treble purity, quickness, midrange openness, and dynamics are tough to beat. Another job well done from the Opera design team!

Opera Mezza

Interview with Marc Phillips of Colleen Cardas Imports The Mezzas are "entry level" two-way monitors in the Opera line, but they are made to a very high standard. Is it a Challenge for Opera to maintain such high quality at this price?

Marc Phillips: It's definitely a challenge to bring these to the US for just $1495. They were originally going to retail for $1695-$1895 depending on finish, but then we heard a certain well-reviewed $1495 bookshelf speaker that's creating a lot of buzz, and Colleen and I thought, "We like THAT speaker a lot, but we like the Mezza even more. It goes deeper in the bass, throws up a bigger soundstage and it looks much sexier!" So we wanted to take that speaker head on.
It would have been easy for Opera to manufacture these in China to control costs, but it's not their style. So you can still buy a beautiful Italian speaker, made in Italy, that sounds and looks beautiful for under $1500. Does Opera use sister company produced Unison Research electronics to voice and design the loudspeakers?

Marc Phillips: Opera and Unison are definitely voiced together. When we show Unison Research and Opera together at trade shows, it becomes really obvious that they were meant to go together. When we plug everything in, the equipment sounds magnificent right out of their boxes with very little tweaking and fiddling. We love showing these two brands together for that very reason--they just sing.
That said, I have a lot of equipment at home from different manufacturers and the Mezzas always provide a highly musical experience. I haven't had a mismatch yet. You don't have to match Opera with Unison to get extremely satisfying results. Can you tell us if Opera has anything new and exciting on the horizon, and a bit about your current dealer network?

Marc Phillips: There's talk of a new flagship speaker in the Callas line that will be slotted above the Grand Callas. But the entire Classica line--Mezza, Grand Mezza, Seconda, Quinta and the Centrale center channel--were all just redesigned in the last year so those will stay the same for some time to come.


Opera Mezza: $1495

Sensitivity (db/w/m): 88
Available finishes: Cherry, Black Gloss, White Gloss
Dimensions (hwd, cm): 32x20x33
Impedance (ohms): 4

Review System 1

CD Transport: Musical Fidelity M1 CDT
Server: Squeezebox Touch w/ CIA VDC-SB power supply
via Ethernet to MAC Mini w/ Western Digital & Seagate
external drives.
DAC: Bryston BDA-1, MyTek Stereo 192 DAC
Headphone Amp: Pro-Ject Head Box II
Headphones: Grado SR60
Preamp: Audio Research SP16
Amplifier: Audio Research VS55, Bob Carver Black Magic
Speaker: Thiel CS2.4
Cables:  Stager Silver Solids,  Darwin Ascension (IC), Transparent  MM2 Super (IC), Transparent Plus (Speaker) Acoustic Zen Tsunami II (AC),Transparent (AC).Shunyata Venom (AC) Element Cable Red Storm (Digital AC), DH Labs TosLink, DH Labs AES/EBU, Audioquest, Forest, WireWorld Ultraviolet, DH Labs USB(USB) DH Labs (USB)
Accessories: Symposium Rollerblocks, Shakti Stone, Audience Adept Response aR6 power conditioner,Salamander rack

Review System 2

CD Player: Onkyo C7000R
Music Server: Squeezebox Touch via Ethernet to
MAC Mini w/ Western Digital & Seagate external drives.
DAC: Musical Fidelity V-DAC II, Rein Audio X3-DAC
Integrated Amplifier: McIntosh  MA6600, Wyred4Sound mINT, Electrocompaniet ECI3
Tape Deck: Revox A77
Speaker: Harbeth Compact 7ES3, Definitive Technology StudioMonitor 65
Cables: Darwin Cables Silver IC, Kimber Hero HB,  DH Labs White Lightning (IC),QED Transparent MusicWave (Speaker),PS Audio (AC), Mojo Audio (AC), DH Labs TosLink, Audioquest Forest USB, Wireworld Ultraviolet USB
Accessories:Cable Pro Noisetrapper, Sound Anchors Stands, Wiremold, KECES XPS


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