I walked into the room faintly hungover that morning, having spent the evening drinking hard cider and listening to a bluegrass band cover Paul Simon at the Plough & the Stars. I was greeted by Ave Maria sounding close to transcendent, which maybe should have made me feel appropriately contrite for my excesses of the night before — but instead mostly soothed this savage beast. Triode’s amps are among my favorites, but I have to say that their DAC and CD player really impressed me this time around, offering realistic sound without noticeable “digititis” (and believe me, I would have noticed it that morning).
I found it a bit difficult to find a spot in the room where the drivers integrated as fully as I would have liked, but given that this marks the fourth time I’ve heard Acoustic Zen speakers, and the first time I’ve had this issue, I suspect it had more to do with the odd proportions of the room than anything else. The sound was otherwise airy and the soundstage remarkably deep and holographic, giving the illusion of extending well beyond the back wall of the room. Not at all a bad way to start the day.