We have always known and hung out with the folks at Jolida. The first interaction was at Capital Audiofest about 3 years ago where Jared from Jolida and I met and were both excited to share about dating an “attractive Asian girl”. It was funny because both of us felt that our girlfriends were too good for us and had a, “lets enjoy it while it lasts” conversation. Three years the original conversation went full circle, both of us married our originally mentioned girls. To top it off, I loved hearing stories from Mike at Jolida about VPI/Jolida listening experience with my dad from back in the day. It made sense it was a only a matter of time for VPI and Jolida to be making music together again and what better place that Axpona!
The star feature of the room was the Jolida’s Foz XT-R crosstalk reducer. This unit was designed by Jim Fosgate and built by Jolida. When Jolida and VPI were starting to talk about Axpona I read through the initial email and wasn’t sure if I totally understood the benefit at first. Jolida sent us a unit to give a listen to and it was immediately commandeered by Harry and put into the listening room where I had a chance to hear it first hand on our big system using an Avenger. At $350, the Foz electronically gives the user the ability to adjust azimuth. For everyone who has set up azimuth you know how much “fun” that part of setup can be. The Foz accomplishes this by measuring the crosstalk and giving the user the ability to electronically adjust it.
What made the demonstration even more interesting was Jolida using both an Avenger and a Scout Jr. so they could show the improvements both an a standard size/price system, and the more high-end off the wall priced system. Using both Elec speakers (with the Scout Jr.) and MBL speakers (with the Avenger) both systems using an Ortofon 2M red the improvements made using the Foz were great to experience! Another exciting part of this experience was the way the MBL speakers were used. Jolida arranged to have fou MBL speakers rather than two which created a fully immersed and unique sound stage for the listener. Topped off with the Jolida electronics/amplification, we found ourselves coming back to the room at night after a good meal and some spirits so we could keep listening.