Robert Lee was not happy with the system’s sound on Friday. Everything just felt a little off. And by a “little off”, I mean you’d need an oscilloscope to have any idea what he was talking about. But hey, he’s the perfectionist and I’m just a keyboard jockey. All I can say is that when you start with great ingredients, the resulting meal is a lot easier to get right.
Take the Crescendo, for example. Already a great speaker and one of my favorite recommendations in its price class, I wasn’t surprised to see the middle-of-the-range floor stander here, as Acoustic Zen has been showing with it at the last half-dozen or more shows. Was Robert’s sly wink trying to say that I was missing something? At my clueless look, he filled me in — yes, the Crescendo has undergone an invisible upgrade. Now $18,000/pair, the cabinets are actually all-new, with a much more robust internal structure. Lower distortion and greater musicality is the result.
Shown here with Triode Corp‘s beautifully made electronics, featuring the monstrous $22,500/pair TRX-M845SE mono blocks. 50wpc from single-ended triodes is just sick. Each one of these guys weighs 125lbs! And I thought my amp was heavy. Oh, myyy.
Robert’s rooms are always a happy retreat. Great sound quality isn’t magic, but it’s really hard to remember that, wrapped up in this kind of sound. Love, love, I’m in love.