T.H.E Show; Newport Beach, Southern California. USA
We are showing in the premium location of the California Room, at the Hilton Irvine. Show starts this Friday 30th May, and runs through until Sunday 1st June. We will of course be on hand for any information regarding our products, as will Concert Fidelity’s Masataka Tsuda & Hajime Sato, and will be playing a wonderful mix of music, from great Jazz and Blues to some pretty demanding classical.
Show System Details:
- Esoteric X-01 D2 as transport.
- Denon DP3000 (rebuilt by Tsuda San).
- Concert Fidelity DAC 040 BD.
- Concert Fidelity SPA4C Phono Stage.
- Concert Fidelity LSX2 Pre Amplifier.
- Concert Fidelity ZL-200 Mono Power Amplifiers.
- TAD Reference 1 Loudspeaker.
- Z:Axis Audio Infinity Digital audio interconnect.
- Z:Axis Audio Infinity single ended Interconnects throughout.
- Z:Axis Audio Power Cables throughout.
- Z:Axis Audio Livewire loudspeaker cable.
- Z:Axis Audio Mirage 78.6 & 1.1 Audio System Supports.
CES 2014 – 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 with any of our products. We were asked by several companies to supply our ‘Ariya-Sacca’ supports for some very exotic gear, though sadly there was not enough time allowed for us to make the required design developments to enable the full rack system to be economically suitable for shipping, although this has now been completed, and will be a part of a later show in LA in 2014. We do however have our full cable system including our newly developed Infinity Digital Interconnect, and a pair of ‘Ariya-Sacca’ amplifier stands in use with Concert Fidelity’s full high end audio system in Suite 30-330. This set-up will feature CD and Vinyl source components, DAC040/BD & SPA4c, 080 LSX2/ ZL-120V2SE amplification, TAD CR1 loudspeakers, Infinity Interconnects throughout, Livewire loudspeaker cables and reference mains power cables. This will no doubt provide a beautiful sound, centred on the artist’s and their performance. The recent update to our Infinity Digital Interconnect has proved to be revelatory, and has now become the reference connection that CF’s Masataka Tsuda uses in his own system and for design development evaluation.
See us here in room 30-330 at the Venetian!
National Audio Show – UK / 2013
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 response we achieved was almost overwhelming, though we did quietly expect this, we do know how well this system makes music after-all.. Many visitors basked in the relative calm of our room and simply relaxed and immersed themselves in our often risky & demanding music selection. We were however congratulated so many times on taking the risk of playing complete works of complex classical compositions on both vinyl and CD, along with a mixture of Jazz, Blues etc. We estimated that the mix was approximately 50-50 analogue/digital, with the 33 year old Sony PS-B80 Bio-tracer fitted with the ever popular Kondo IO-m cartridge attracting much attention. A huge thank you goes to Red Diamond Audio for the supply of the Sony for the show, it did a fantastic job all weekend clearly showing that vintage equipment really is still very competitive against modern designs.
The Concert Fidelity amplifiers, whilst understated in looks, certainly gained much attention for their effortlessness and transparency driving the demanding TAD CR1 loudspeakers, providing a hugely dynamic and seamless coherence from top to bottom. The new battery drive DAC 040/BD showed how good CD can really sound when perfected, and unsurprisingly we heard no mention of the words hi-res in the room all weekend, surely a sign that 16 bit can offer all of the realism required to make a convincing reproduction when called for. Many visitors seemed surprised that the DAC and LSX2 Pre were hybrid units, employing valve stages in the rectification and output circuits, allowing fine tuning of the tonality of the sonic signature.
Incidentally, we used NO room treatments what so-ever, the room had some issues, but we managed to overcome a majority of this with careful set up and positioning, and of course with the new ‘Ariya-Sacca’ supports doing the most amazing job of isolating and damping the components as well as presenting them in a beautiful style, something many reported was missing almost everywhere else. We were also overwhelmed with the response that the supports gained, of course we were hoping for a positive reaction, what we got was really fantastic, the ideology of this unique system certainly catching many visitors attention and of course the sonic results of purity and transparency was testament to the fact that the supports really do provide the environment to allow the equipment to do the job required – to reproduce MUSIC..
Overall, we had a great show with many enquiries and compliments, many stating that the Z:Axis Audio room was their best sounding room at the show, as many forums have been suggesting too, so not bad for our first ever public showing..
Below is a overview of the NAS 13 by Roy Gregory from the prolific AudioBeat website:
Some images taken during the weekend, please do get in touch for any further info on any of the products we demonstrated.
We are currently considering options for the next show, which may be CES 14, in conjunction with Concert Fidelity.