Zurich 2014

High End Swiss 2014: Avantgarde Acoustics

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By Norman Williams
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The Avantgarde Acoustics room was well attended and presented a veritable “wall of sound”. Delightful, really.

That is the Trio with the giant bass horn playing, while the Zero stood proudly to the side looking at big brother strutting his stuff. The Zero (fully active all in one speaker system) seems to be the BIG new story, but I didn’t manage to hear it play either in Zurich or in Warsaw, as the big brother was on show both times. Pity!

AG had their own electronics powering their gear in this large conference room.

I spoke with the rep there and told him how my pal with a Duo got MUCH better sound switching to a Job 225 amp with Sweet Cord, remarking that finally the powered bass module kept up with the horns. The gentleman said it was not that surprising, given that the bass internal amps only power to 150hz and the external amp does the heavy lifting after that. Thus, moving from a quality flea watt tube amp to a quality, medium to high powered SS amp would indeed give such a remarkable improvement.

So good advice to all the AG owners out there: if you use tubes, make sure they have decent power (or more likely current drive)!

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