I know these forums get a lot of opinions about a lot of different items and it seems every week there is a new "best" of something however for me there is only the ear test and whether the item in question passes that test. I have been in the Audio Industry fir a long time. I am a music lover and don't really care about the technology that makes it happen. I have learned that a technical advance does not always mean that we get a sonic advance. I have trouble understanding how so many speakers can be considered the best by the magazine and the fact that there is little or no interplay between the reviewing principles.
Electrostats, Planars, Di-Poles, Box, Horn etc all sound different and most people have a preference for what they prefer.
THis brings me to the Nola's. This is the speaker that for me seems to have evolved from all the speakers of my past It has "balls." It plays soft, it plays loud, it has great bass, it is fast, it is clear, it has great staging, dimensionality and space. It can layer out in 3D an orchestra in spades and at the end of it all make you want to keep on listening for hours. I have been listening to so much music lately because it is the one thing in my life that takes me away from the stress of eveyday.
Bruce's The Ghost Of Tom Joad, Lyle Lovett - Family Reserve, Bradford Marsailles Trio Jeepy, HRx recording of Britton, Avishai Cohen Live at the Blue Note...it doesn't really matter the Nola is a TRUE TIME Machine. One that really does take you back to the future. If you like the guitars and strings and micro dynamics its there. If you like drum shots, they are there and if you like to sing along you will just do it.
Try it on you might really like as much as I do.