The Barn Reference System Gets an O/grade: the DeVore Fidelity O/96

It was bound to happen. Like the changing tide or sunshine.

one of my gibbon Super 8s c.2005

I’ve been living with speakers from Brooklyn’s DeVore Fidelity since 2005. My first pair were the gibbon Super 8, a two-way floorstander, followed by the gibbon The Nines, gibbon X, and most recently the O/93. A regular primate parade.

the gibbon X c.2016

If you follow this progression, you can probably figure out what’s next.

The DeVore Fidelity O/96 arrived in Barn last Friday and they are here to stay.

Part of the DeVore Orangutan line, which includes the O/93 and the stunning top of the line O/Reference [footnote 1], the O/96 are a perfect Barn fit in every way, shape, and sound. They bear more than a familial resemblance to their littler brother, the O/93, only the O/96 sound like more — more of everything that makes music so magical.

I look forward to my time with the DeVore Fidelity O/96, discovering new music through them, and getting to know the music I know even better.


Company Website: DeVore Fidelity

DeVore Fidelity O/96

Frequency Response: 26Hz-31kHz
Sensitivity: 96 dB/W/M
Impedance: 10 ohms
Dimensions: 12″d x 18″w x 35.5″h including stands


  1. the Orangutan line is about to grow with the addition of some new models in the not so distant future. How’s that for vague.

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