CES & THE Show 2011 • TABlog

by Marc Mickelson | January 6, 2011

Sometimes you just get lucky. Original Recordings Group (ORG) has just released its 45rpm reissue of London's famous recording of The Three Cornered Hat, part of its series of historic London recordings. However, it's not in stores quite yet, but Ying Tan of Original Recordings Group left copies in certain rooms at CES, and John Crossett and I were fortunate enough to visit the Zanden room after Ying had been there.

We heard the entire first side on a system that included two new Zanden products, the Model 1000 Mk 2 phono stage and Model 6000 integrated amp, along with Wilson Audio Sophia 3 speakers. The turntable was a Grand Prix Audio Monaco with a Tri-Planar Mk VII UII tonearm and Transfiguration Orpheus cartridge.

Two things stood out for me: the width and depth of the soundfield, and the delineation of the orchestral sections. As is so often the case with great analog, I could hear deeply into the recording, discerning not only the fine touches of the musicians but also the dimensions of the venue. Other than a couple seconds of static-like noise in one channel, the pressing was completely silent -- as I've come to expect from ORG LPs.

So there you have it -- a mini review of this great recording. The Three Cornered Hat should be available soon, but it's a limited edition, so preorder early.

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