Robert Lee of Acoustic Zen was all smiles on Saturday, and with good reason: things were sounding sweet! The combination of Acoustic Zen loudspeakers and Triode Corp amplification is always a treat, and it was sounding especially warm, smooth, and holographic.
The speakers were Acoustic Zen Crescendo loudspeakers ($16,000), powered by the Triode TRX-M845 mono blocks ($22,500) and the Triode’s new TRX-2 tube preamp ($5,000). This fine pre also includes an MM and MC phono stage, but I didn’t get to hear that in action. Instead the source was Triode’s TRV-CD5SE CD player ($3,200) and TRX-DAC 1.0 ($2,500). All cables were by Acoustic Zen.