Robert Lee of Acoustic Zen here smiling proudly next to his latest design concept, The Phoenix Grand horn-loaded loudspeaker ($50,000). Rated at over 100dB efficient, the setup here used both Zandan Audio’s beautiful new tubed, single-ended product as well as solid state, the amazingly affordable McCormack Audio’s line of electronics, including the all new ALD-1 Preamplifier ($1695), and the notorious DNA-1.

The Phoenix Grand displayed that distinctly open and incredibly pure output peculiar to the best horn-loaded, high-efficiency devices. The sound of this showroom, even with its limitations, given the size of these enormous speakers, was impressive, especially so when equipped with the Zanden Audio line.

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2001 CES - Robert Lee of Acoustic Zen