Lithos Noa 1 - My Experience

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verynewone
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#1 erstellt: 02. Nov 2005, 14:58
Hi Everyone,

Sorry for the long post...
It has been more than two weeks since I bought these speakers and I wanted to share the experience with everyone here.

It all started about two months back after I bought my RX-V450 avr. Since I was on a tight budget, my plan was to go for good bookshelves in the 10-15k price range. After about a month of research and listening sessions with both desi and int'l brand speakers, I was planning to settle down for either Boston CR-65s or the Wharfedale Diamond 9.1 bookshelves. But due to some additional budget constraints I was forced to postpone my purchase by another month resulting in more research on desi speakers. I saw a few mentions of Lithos, and also read some reviews about it. Eventually I got in touch with Mr Rajiv to get more information about the products available, their prices etc. I was interested in the Studio 1 bookshelves but Lithos had discontinued that model. Rajiv suggested the Noa 1 sub sat combo instead. Since Lithos doesn't have distributors in Bangalore, he got me in touch with his most recent clients for a feedback on Noa 1. Meanwhile I got in touch with kspv, who owns a pair of Lithos Studio 1 speakers, through this forum. He was generous enough to let me audition his setup. I finally decided on the purchase of Noa 1 system (though it was a little out of budget) after a number of Q&A sessions with Rajiv varying from specifics of Noa 1 to general HiFi. Since this was a blind purchase Rajiv offered me a one week money back guarantee with nominal charges. They were able to dispatch the Noa 1s within a reasonable timeframe given the fact that when I made the purchase they were still recovering from the impact of the heavy rains in Mumbai. The speakers finally arrived...

Here, I would like to point out the fact that Rajiv has never been pushy about the sale and has always tried to provide satisfactory answers to my questions.

Now, coming back to the speakers...
After several experiments and trials I finally hooked the speakers to the front L/R channels of my avr. The initial effects were not that great and I had to do a bit of experimentation to get the subwoofer placement proper.

Once I got the setup right, the speakers started showing their magic. My initial criteria for purchase was 60-40 ratio of movies to music which has now changed to 80-20 ratio of music to movies! They are an excellent buy when it comes to music and sound very clean with adequate emphasis on vocals and low frequencies. The passive sub produces reasonable low freq response with movies as well. Another noticeable aspect of these speakers is Q-Balance that reduces ear fatigue. It really works!! I would definitely recommend them to someone who is looking for vfm speakers for a small to medium size room. On the home theatre front, I need little more time for an objective evaluation because I have hardly watched any movies after getting these speakers :). Though, one of the possible problems in case of HT could be trying to match them with other brands. My plan is to go for a Wharfedale centre channel to start with :D.

For those interested, specs are available at http://www.lithosindia.com/Home.htm.

Cheers
-ashutosh
Edges
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#2 erstellt: 04. Nov 2005, 16:40
hey newone......

very interesting post!.....how much did ur whole setup cost?....please give prices of individual products......which city do u reside?......can i have the pleasure of auditioning ur setup.......

edges
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#3 erstellt: 04. Nov 2005, 16:42
hey newone.....

sorry printing mistake.....which area do u reside in bangalore?

edges
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#4 erstellt: 05. Nov 2005, 07:43
Hi !

Where in Delhi can I get to hear Lithos?

Regards

Sanjay
verynewone
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#5 erstellt: 07. Nov 2005, 11:42


hey newone......

very interesting post!.....how much did ur whole setup cost?....please give prices of individual products......which city do u reside?......can i have the pleasure of auditioning ur setup.......

edges


Hi Edges,
Prices of the individual products are the following (Including VAT):
1) Yamaha RX-V450 - 18.9k
2) Lithos Noa 1 System - 16875 + 900 (courier charges). Individual prices are (without VAT): Noa 1 Sats - 9k Per Pair, Noa 1 Sub - 6k

I stay at Koramangala and am generally free during the weekends. Feel free to come over and audition the setup.



Hi !

Where in Delhi can I get to hear Lithos?

Regards

Sanjay


Doc, send a mail to Lithos or call them up, they are generally very helpful. I heard that Pulz is opening a showroom in Delhi, try checking with them as well.
observer
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#6 erstellt: 07. Nov 2005, 15:44
verynewone, which player do you use?

Thx
verynewone
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#7 erstellt: 07. Nov 2005, 16:24
I am currently using a Panasonic DVD player which I bought about a year and a half back. Due to my limited budget, I am planning to purchase a good DVD player (universal player if possible) which could act as a decent audio and video source. Have been busy off late so no progress there

I have shortlisted the following as of now in the order of preference (15-20k budget):
1) Denon 1720 - 16k
2) Yamaha DVD-S550 - Should be less than 15k
3) Pioneer DV-676/686 - Should be less than 20k
4) Samsung DVD-HD950 - 8.6k. Recently launched in India, does anyone have any experience with this especially on the audio quality?

Going OT here but any inputs on this will be highly appreciated.
Edges
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#8 erstellt: 07. Nov 2005, 16:36
hey newone.....

thanks for the invitation.....i ll surely make it some time to audition ur setup......i havnt had a real experience with samsung DVD players but seeing the specs its anytime worth it giving a HDMI o/p which no other players even in the higher end as u mentioned have(i think) plus the main being the service backup......the higher end brands dont have a real service back up here as samsung cause these brands are really sourced from abroad and getting the spares will take a longer time as they ll have to source them from abroad......infact i was waiting for this player to be launched which took a longer time so i had to compromise with phillips 5500 with SACD playback......give an audition and decide the difference......this has DVI o/p so u can even connect to a LCD/plasma monitor to get the purest video which shud be better than Progressive o/p......let me know if u find the difference once u audition them....

egdes
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#9 erstellt: 18. Nov 2005, 18:40
Yes, Lithos Noa1 are good speakers. I almost bought them but my mother objected to the subwoofer. The Noa has a clean and balanced sound without any artificiality.

Highly recommended for mid-end system. Why are you considering a center from another brand? How will you obtain timbre-matching?
verynewone
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#10 erstellt: 21. Nov 2005, 14:52


Yes, Lithos Noa1 are good speakers. I almost bought them but my mother objected to the subwoofer. The Noa has a clean and balanced sound without any artificiality.


Thankfully, my mom didn't object to the price (I feared she would)



Highly recommended for mid-end system. Why are you considering a center from another brand? How will you obtain timbre-matching?


I wanted to go with Lithos for centre channel as well, but they don't make magnetically shielded speakers. They recommend placing the Noa 1 6" away from the TV which is not possible in my case due to space constraints. So trying out a different centre channel is an experiment which will go on until I have enuf cash to burn (again!) and enuf space to place the speakers properly. I have been adjusting all the possible settings with different movies, hoping to arrive at an optimum configuration. Would appreciate any ideas on this front.
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