Z:Axis Audio are to utilise the TAD CR1, provided by TAD Labs UK distributor NuNu Distribution at this years National Audio Show in September, showcasing the ultra successful, and quite possibly one of the very best stand mount loudspeakers ever designed.
Designed by British/Japanese collaboration, the compact reference 1 has achieved serious attention since it’s release. Nick-named the ‘CR1’, it has the ability to truly shock listeners such is the scale of the sound image it produces given its modest dimensions. The £37,000 TAD Compact Reference (CR-1) can be considered a TAD Reference One ‘in miniature’. In every way a reference speaker, but in a more compact form factor than the 150kg floor standing ‘Reference’. More than ten years in the making, its design objective was to achieve, in a compact stand-mount speaker, point-source sound of such transparency and high fidelity that as a music lover you will forget about the existence of the loudspeaker and just enjoy the music.
Over the years many of the world’s finest orchestral recordings have come from Prof. Keith O. Johnson’s famous Reference Recordings record label of California. In the modern era the company records in 24-bit high resolution DXD format at a sampling frequency of 176.4kHz, its recordings, available as hybrid SACDs and ‘Master’ files supplied on DVD-ROM media. What does the company use for monitoring and playback of its ‘reference’ recordings? Naturally, the finest ‘compact’ loudspeaker in the world: the TAD CR1.