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So after a year of planning, CAD modelling, building, changing, testing, adjusting, listening, our new SYMETRICA Balanced Output 3 Stage Power Supply is finished, with the first batch having found homes very quickly, we are now looking to build on a regular basis. The first 5 SYMETRICA’s have been installed in customers system’s for several […]
As we enter the final week of May 14, the countdown to this most prestigious show of audio exotica and luxury goods draws ever closer, and continuing on from our first and highly successful showing with Concert Fidelity and TAD at CES back in January, we will this time have a full system support in […]
CES – Las Vegas, Nevada. USA The worlds largest show of all consumer goods, from cameras to the super high end audio, CES is the annual trade show that kicks the year off with a bang during the second week of January in Las Vegas, and this will be our first venture into the US […]
Firstly we must say a sincere thank you to all that visited us to hear the wonderful system we assembled for the UK’s Premier audio show, with many visitors travelling some long distances with the sole aim of hearing the Concert Fidelity amplifiers and TAD loudspeakers for the first time in the UK. The overall […]
~ Media Coverage ~
Z:Axis Audio SYMETRICA AC balanced power supply
“It’s not quite what one would expect from a website which specializes in Classic Audio – enthusiasm and promotion of a product that, far from being vintage, has yet to be officially launched! But what if this balanced power supply has an unquestionably highly positive effect on the performance of all audio equipment, regardless of vintage? This isn’t something that can make a poor performing system, for whatever reason, sound good. Can anything? What I’ve discovered is that it will make a monumental improvement to a well-balanced/high-end system – an improvement that you simply could not have imagined possible without replacing most of the current line-up of gear. Now, that’s quite a claim!”
B42 RCA Interconnects
HiFi+ Issue #76
“The Z:Axis interconnect has a majestic quality. It’s effect on the sound of a system is rather like that you experience in going from a 7′ Grand piano to a 9′ Concert Grand. There is an opulence; a luscious, luxuriant quality to the sound which you don’t miss beforehand, but once introduced, is hard to sacrifice. This gracefulness is something that many Silver interconnects seem to specialise in, but not all achieve it with the same degree of coherence. The seductive, but sometimes superficial beauty such cables can bring is very easy to like, less easy to live with long term. The Z:axis cables don’t fall into this trap; there is a depth of insight, a sense that one has been allowed further into the music”.
Steve Dickinson, HiFi+ Issue 76.Steve Dickinson – HiFi+
National Audio Show 2013 UK
“Z:Axis Audio showed a suitably ambitious system built around a full suite of Japanese-built Concert Fidelity electronics. The DAC040/BD hybrid D/A converter (£7900) is a tube-rectified, tube-output-stage, hybrid design with an internal battery supply for the DAC circuitry. With Red Book conversion, a single S/PDIF input and a single pair of RCA outputs, it might be resolutely old school, but the results were impressive nonetheless. This was teamed with an SPA4C J-FET-based phono stage (£8100) and a 080-LSX2 all-tube line stage (£12,900), driving a pair of ZL-200 MOSFET power amps (£26,300/pair, 180Wpc). The understated elegance of the electronics was matched by their natural and unobtrusive sound, delivering a subtle yet authoritative musical performance from both vinyl and CD. The record player was a rare Sony PS-B80 Biotracer direct-drive deck, its self-balancing tonearm (auto calibrated after every record) carrying an exotic Kondo IO-m cartridge. MBL provided the CD transport in the shape of their expensive (£18,900) Model 1621A, and the speakers were TAD CR-1 stand-mounted monitors (£40,000 including stands).
The system was played somewhat quieter than most, something of a tradition in a room that used to be occupied by Audiofreaks, but given a chance to adjust, the ears soon revealed that the musical integrity and communication on show were also in keeping with the room’s august record of previous “best at show” performances. That rather suggests that the room itself is contributing, but I’d also draw attention to the details of the setup. The whole system was running from a PS Audio P10 Power Plant, while the cables throughout were Z:Axis’s own designs.
But just as significant and in many ways more interesting were the new Mirage racks, again designed and built by Z:Axis. These beautifully presented, furniture-style racks offer a choice of mechanically grounded, energy-dissipation support, or magnetically floated isolation, all within the same elegant structure. They can be daisy-chained sideways to accommodate multi-box systems, and the combination of wood veneers, aluminum trim and the machined undersides on the shelves’ acrylic interface layer, which produces an almost floating, holographic visual effect, is both impressive and attractive. The show being their first outing, precise pricing is yet to be fixed, but it looks like it will lie firmly in the middle ground, above the likes of Hutter or Quadraspire, but well below Stillpoints or HRS. Final judgment will also have to wait until they reach the more controlled environment of the home system, but first indicators are extremely promising, and I’m seriously looking forward to their arrival.
Z:Axis might be a new name in high-end circles, but they’re doing a lot of things right, while their willingness to question conventional wisdom is both encouraging and refreshing. NAS 2013 might not have represented a new dawn, but at least it presented one welcome new face.”The Audio Beat – Roy Gregory