Sound & Vision 2015 • Hot Product

MBA stands for Modern British Audio, a new company that is built on the foundations of O’hEocha, an Irish company that made an impression with its very distinctive, alien-style designs. The MBA Pulse stand-mount (3150/pair) and Progression floorstander (5295/pair) are built around an extruded-aluminum cabinet with an MDF front baffle. They use SEAS drive units with 6" paper-cone woofers and 1" metal-dome tweeters. The Pulse is a two-way with WBT terminals, while the Progression adds a second woofer for extra bass extension from its 43"-high cabinet.

MBA also showed a prototype integrated amplifier (right rack, top shelf) that claims 170Wpc and comes equipped with balanced and single-ended inputs, a class-A headphone amp and a Bluetooth receiver. It can be augmented with a digital input board that runs an ESS Sabre DAC and is spec'd to deal with sample rates up to 384kHz and DSD up to DSD128. The integrated's price will be 5650 for the analog-only version.

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