Of all the
great sound heard at this year's CES few
could equal the amazement that overcame me
once I heard the Evolution Acoustics Micro
One mini Loudspeakers ($2k/pr). It is
expected of any manufacturer to design a big
or expensive loudspeaker to sound good. It's
far more impressive to make a little
loudspeaker sound big and expensive. I
expect to read and hear lots about this
attractive and affordable miniature marvel.
Technology introduced the Zeeba series of
equipment platforms designed for components
and loudspeakers that are user adjustable
and looked really cool. Above are Acoustic
Zen loudspeakers, that I'm told took a leap
in dynamic prowess and bass control once
placed atop the Zeeba platform.
Unfortunately, weight limitations for the
Zeeba is a conservative 250 lbs.
Acoustic Zen Crescendos in more than one
room and for good reason: at $16k these are
formidable floor-standers and could easily
cost much more if their price was based
solely on sheer performance. Acoustic Zen's
designer Robert Lee has always been a
champion for affordable and excellence in
his products. Speaking of affordable,
featured in this setup was the model TRV-845
SE integrated from Triode Corp of Japan,
that retailed for only $6k. Very rare indeed
to hear a system of at this level that
actually retails for less than $25k total!!
Lastly, I found myself smiling for Robert
Lee and this super impressive presentation.
pair of Acoustic Zen Crescendo loudspeakers
($16k) were on demo again but this time in
the Edge Electronics room. They somewhat
surprised me with their natural tone and
excellent sense of ease. This wasn't the
first time I remarked on their excellence
but this was the first time I heard the
Crescendos with their grills attached.
Nevertheless, I didn't detect any lack of
transparency or a decrease in treble energy.
if anything, the sound was actually sweeter
and tad more relaxed. The Edge NL series
stereo amplifier ($17,500), and G2 preamp
($6k) made the Crescendos sing during my
extended stay here. Hats off to this very
musical and synergistic combination.