As I watched – almost mesmerized, like watching a car accident – sweaty AXPONA attendee after sweaty attendee reached over to ham-fistedly grab brochures without even bothering to care that they constantly bumped the coffee cup… almost spilling it every goddamn time all over the gear and albums. I suddenly broke free of my hypnosis, silently mouthed “Christ,” and ducked out to warn Jody Hickson, who was in charge of the room, that someone’s coffee cup was about to do about $35,000 worth of damage, whereupon he leaped – catlike – into the room, and swept the cup out of harms way.
With coffee drama averted, I turned my attention to the beautiful Avantgarde Acoustics Zero 1 active loudspeakers that were lit – statue-like – at the end of the room. If you haven’t seen the Zero 1 in person, you’re missing out, they look like they’re carved out of a solid slab of alabaster, and sound punchy, and dynamic as all hell, with a silky top end, and a subtle refinement to them that I found captivating. The set-up was rounded out with Transparent Cables throughout, and HRS bases, and stands.
The Zero 1 is 104 dB efficient and is stuffed like a baked potato at TGIFridays with Burr-Brown DACs, multiple power amplifiers, 66-Bit FPGA digital processing, wireless 2.4 GHz ISM/SRD streaming capability, and 30Hz ~ 20 KHz frequency response. There’s a lot more in there, but follow the link, because it’s just too much to list here. This was a fun room, that kept the toes tapping, and once again opened my eyes a bit wider to where digital amplification, and analog conversion is headed, which, IMHO, is getting closer, and closer to analog. To quote my daughter : “I is a-scared.” In a good way though.