I'm trying to take the day off -- just got back and found this new thread. Thanks, jb.
Originally Posted by einsteinjb
Well there doesn't seem to be a real official Avance or Aspen Dana thread yet, so though no one asked me to, I thought folks might not mind if I started one.
For those who don't know, this line of speakers is available through www.theaudioinsider.com
(often known as TAI). Jon Lane of TAI imports and co-develops several popular lines of speakers including Swan, Gamut, Acculine, and Dana.
I can't lay claim to designing GamuT (or Dana to date, which is a GamuT family derivative. I've contributed to Dana's model range which we'll talk about shortly.)
Lars Goeller of GamuT is a most gifted designer. His team has been the braintrust behind some of the more "regarded"
ultra-fi models containing Danish drivers on the international market, he was formerly behind the ScanSpeak line of parts, and is currently the mastermind behind GamuT/Dana.
According to TAI, the Dana line originally sold/sells under the Avance brand but I believe, and I hope Jon himself or someone else will correct me if I'm wrong, he's working on rebranding them (and customizing them to some degree) in America under the Aspen name.
"Aspen" will be my own brand, jb, and in time will come from the Dana plant(s). "Avance" will no longer be associated with Dana, and the Dana line will stand apart and alone as an individual brandname.
Currently there are several 600 series speakers on TAI, featuring mostly Vifa drivers. The higher end 900 series, including the bookshelf 930s and tower 980s and featuring Scan-Speak drivers, should be launching fairly soon.
We're awaiting the towers and centers, but the 630, 640, and Sub600 are complete and are shipping daily in cherry. Maple comes just a bit later as will black.
I'm currently enthralled by my brand new pair of Dana 930s. Apparently Jon has or had a very small initial stock of these available by request only, and I managed to snag a pair. Only finish option on these at this point is cherry, with a very beautiful, understated satin type finish. I don't want to get too deep into describing them just yet as I'm working on a detailed review to be posted here and on Jon's site soon (I'll start a new thread for that to make it easy to find). I've only had them a few days so I need to live with them longer to really get to know them. For now I'll just say -- WOW.
Yes, the 930 are our "reserve". We have a limited supply and since they have the performance envelope they do, we're leaking out a few to folks with proved systems who understand them and how to use them. At the risk of hyperbole, they are in the ultra-fi class for stand monitors and naturally need to be fed and housed as such.
Originally Posted by dlfromcanada
What are the expected retail prices for the 930 and 680?
They're at TAI, dl.
Will there be a matching centre or is it the 660?
Yes, as well as the 650 center (dual 4.5" midwoofers) which would match the 630 as well or better.
Are these really designed and manufactured in Europe or is there some Asian stop in the chain somewhere?
We may use offshore manufacturing as need requires in the future, but this is a true Danish brand. Coming from GamuT, they're quite nicely made, if I may say so here.
Where can I find more information online about this brand?
The TAI site.
What are some of the models they have been known for in years past?
Good question. Maybe a Dana historian can give us some model background. A complete roster of models will follow here eventually, our host permitting.