Opera Mezza 2012


Australian HIFI - - ON TEST -

Ilove that this Ital­ian man­u­fac­turer called its com­pany ‘Opera’ to start with, but even more loved the fact that all its speak­ers take their names ei­ther from fa­mous opera singers or from terms re­lated to singing. Now you know this, can you guess what Opera’s first-ever model was called? You’ll find out if you were right later on in this re­view, but in case you’re strug­gling, my only hint will be that the two mod­els that fol­lowed the first were named af­ter the fa- mous Amer­i­can/Greek so­prano Maria Cal­las, they be­ing the ‘Cal­las’ and the ‘Div­ina’ (this last be­cause in her life­time, Cal­las was hailed as ‘ La Div­ina’). Sadly, Opera has yet to get around to nam­ing a model af­ter an Aus­tralian opera diva, but I guess no-one would want to buy a loud­speaker called ‘Nel­lie’ or ‘Joan’.


The Mezza 2012 is the small­est speaker in Opera’s Clas­sica se­ries. And when I say ‘small’, I mean it: it stands just 325mm high. It’s also rather nar­row, at 200mm. It is, how­ever, rather deep, at 320mm, so it ends up with an in­ter­nal vol­ume of around eight litres. As you can see from the pho­to­graph above, it’s a two-way de­sign, as you’d pre­dict, but what you can’t see is the rear-fir­ing port that re­veals it as a bass re­flex de­sign.

The 127mm bass/midrange driver is made for Opera by SEAS and although it looks to have a cone made from polypropy­lene, it’s

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