Stunning Tour de Force that conquers all
A close encounter with the Peak Consult "Dragon Legend" impressed me with Per Kristoffersen's persistence in the approach to high-end audio and his design expertise. The attention to detail was exceptional, even in view of its gigantic stature. All the drive units and crossover components were housed independent chambers. The two 11-inch long throw woofers did not exhibit enclosure resonance of any kind even when played back at excessive level. Reproduced bass was fast with the right attack and extended well towards 15 Hz! Dynamic range was extremely wide. Drum strokes were articulate and full of impact while soft passages were clearly defined.
The Dragon Legend was capable of reproducing the piano and violin with the proportion that compared to live performances, with almost microscopic retrieval of details.....
I was awed by the massive enclosure of extremely high rigidity, boutique-class drive units and D'Appolito driver configuration that renders an ideal point-source sound radiation.....
"The combination under evaluation is Germany's AVM Evolution SD 5.2 streaming digital player with USB input and tube preamplifier, a rarity in streaming players. The partnering twenty.26 speaker by PMC of UK also has a story of its own. It features PMC's patented Advanced Transmission Line (ATL) enclosure technology and a new dome tweeter. See this article for the performance of the combination..."
The sword of solitude cast with infinite effort -- The Soundsmith SG-210 Strain Gauge phono cartridge
"Soundsmith's SG-210 cartridge utilizes piezo-electric elements to sense the change of resistance resulted from stylus displacement on record grooves and generate audio signals. An advantageous characteristic of the semi-conductor silicon crystal is raising low frequencies and rolling off high frequencies, which simulates the RIAA replay curve, without complicated amplifier circuit. It is free of hum. Its compliance can vary with stylus tracking force. The modern Strain Gauge cartridge has matured after having undergone over 50 years' technological refinements and inherited the wisdom accumulated from the heydays of the black vinyl. The SG-210 exhibits an alternative tonal balance. Friends tired of the sound of magnetic cartridges can set foot to try it…"
"Peak Consult was founded by Per Kristoffersen in Denmark in 1996. The speakers possess a beautiful tone colour thanks to their technological advances. The flagship floor-stander Dragon Legend is ingeniously designed, with state-of-the-art reproduced sound…"
"The statement "Made in Denmark", loudspeakers in particular, always reminds audio aficionados of top quality cabinetry and materials involved, besides superior drive units and crossover components. The Peak Consult "Zoltan V", hero of this article, is no exception. The Roman numeral "V" suffix stands for 5th generation. The current model for regions covering China and Hong Kong is a "Sigature" version, which features an enclosure topped seamlessly with premium solid wood panels and substantial metal isolator base / cone systems…"