The year 2015 is the 5th Anniversary of The Home Entertainment Show Newport (T.H.E Show). 2 products from the loudspeakers brands that we carry are named as one of the “Five Most Significant Products” in THE Show 2015 Report by Robert E. Greene, TAS Senior Writer. They are Sanders 10D Speakers from Sanders Sound Systems, and JansZen zA2.1A Active Hybrid Electrostatic Speakers from JansZen Loudspeakers Ltd. The full report can be found here.
Here is an excerpt from his report at theabsolutesound.com:
“Sanders 10D Speakers
The Sanders 10D loudspeaker was the best of the best at this show (of what I heard). Perhaps not everyone wants a speaker that emphasizes the direct arrival to this extent—the entire range above 175Hz is covered by a flat electrostatic panel, 15 inches wide, operated as a unit, hence quite beamy as frequency rises. But for the centered listener, something very close to sonic truth to the recordings emerged. And the new aluminum woofer, operated with a very steep DSP crossover at 175Hz produced bass that was awe-inspiring in power and extension, with precision to match the purity above (the bass is transmission-line-loaded). The whole had neutrality, low distortion, and sheer sonic power. Forget about the idea that electrostatics are subtly wimpy. Not so here, not at all. The Reference Recording version of Rutter’s A Gaelic Blessing was as close as one is going to get to the direct experience of live, large-scaled concert music at an audio show—or anywhere else outside a concert hall—with remarkable beauty, clarity, and delicacy in the voices, combined with power in the organ part. Wonderful stuff. This is a groundbreaking product. And the price is reasonable. The whole system, including amplification for the bass, is $15,000.
JansZen zA2.1A Active Hybrid Electrostatic Speakers
JansZen seems to come to THE Show each year with something new and intriguing, and this year was no exception. The new active versions of its floorstanding hybrid electrostatic (one has longer-throw woofers than the other) include internal amplification and active crossovers. The active crossovers allow for steeper slopes than the passive version, while preserving good phase behavior. This system sounded really exceptional, with the top-end purity one expects from JansZen together with power and low-end extension exceptional from an enclosure of moderate size. Not inexpensive at $14,500/pr. But a complete system—all you need is a source. (One of the very most beautiful things at the show musically for me was this system playing Sarah Chang’s recording of Gluck’s “Dance of the Blessed Spirits” from Orfeo ed Eurdice. Violin playing—and sound—from heaven, for all practical purposes.)”
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