CD Music System
For the Serious Starter
This system is composed especially for those who prefer to replay music direct from CD, which is (regardless of what marketing blurb might say), superiour to any streaming server or service.
Consisting of the 9 watts per channel IZero integrated amplifie, the CD Zero, a pair of AX Two loudspeakers and Audio Note cabling, this music system not only offers performance unrivalled at this price-point, but the elegant looks and superb build quality one would expect from Audio Note.
IZero Integrated Tube Amplifier
For the new Zero range, we decided to design an integrated amplifier rather than a pre / power combination. The result is the IZero, and it has exceeded all of our expectations.
Offering a level of performance that was previously considered unthinkable for an amplifier of such diminutive size and price, the IZero really is something very special, producing a bold, rich, smooth and delicate performance, whilst offering a level of fine detail finesse that is quite incredible.
Internally it features a level of component quality that is unmatched at this price point, including our own Audio Note (UK) custom designed and manufactured output transformers.
CD Zero integrated CD player
The unique approach of Audio Note to digital is already present in our entry level CD player. Featuring a in-house custom modified Philips front loading CD mechanism and our 1 x oversampling Direct from Disc technology which refrains from any digital filters to preserve the musical content.
The analogue signal is fed to a valve output stage utilising a 6111WA dual triode, while the power supply is equipped with 2 mains transformers.
AX Two Loudspeakers
The AX Two is a compact ‘book shelf’ design, using two drive units per cabinet to cover a very wide frequency response, given its modest dimensions.
Unlike many ‘book shelf’ designs, the AX Two is relatively efficient and offers the amplifier an easy ‘load’, making it highly suitable for our range of superior quality, low powered valve amplifiers.
A much overlooked area of acoustics is the material choice for the drivers. It is vitally important that the sound and characteristics of an individual drive unit are complimentary to those of its chosen partner, so that when an instrument is reproduced by both drive units (which is almost always the case), the upper range does not sound detached from the lower range and visa versa. This is an aspect of performance that cannot be measured by even the most sophisticated test equipment; it can ONLY be judged by listening.
It has become very fashionable to use all manner of exotic materials (beryllium, diamond, carbon fibre, ceramics etc.) as cone materials in modern drivers, mainly because it gives the impression that the manufacturer in question is making great strides in their research into better sounding speakers.
The sad fact is none of these materials work as intended, as they all have their own distinct sonic signature. No instrument manufacturer in their right mind would dream of making a trumpet from carbon fibre or Beryllium for example, or a cello or violin from aluminium or plastic (not if they were serious anyway!), so no matter how the crossover is designed, this sonic signature will be present when the speaker reproduces music. It may be less obvious and audible with some types of music, but ultimately the chosen material will always imprint some of its own signature on whatever sound is reproduced.
Read a complete review of the AX Two loudspeakers here.
This special offer comes with a set of the Audio Note AN-A interconnect cables and 2 x 2 meter of AN-D speaker cable worth Rs. 22.000. The cables are made out of 99.9999% pure Audio Note copper, and offer superiour performance when compared to similar (of higher) priced cables.
We feel that this Audio Note’s Zero system is a great advertisement for the benefits of partnering a good low-powered amp with sensitive loudspeakers. It’s a winning combination of cohesiveness and integration; brilliance and detail; dynamics and attack. With each individual component being very well matched, the overall result is superb and, as we’ve already indicated, as separates they need no excuses making for them.
Read a review of a complete Zero system here.
Available with either glossy white, brushed aluminium facias or the classic black acrylic.
AC 100-120V/220-240V 50/60 Hz
220/240V – 1A Anti-surge
100/120V – 2A Anti-surge
400mV for full output
8W RMS per channel into 6 ohms load
4 x ECL82
Max power consumption:
(incl. knobs and connectors)
300 (W) x 96 (H) x 310 (D) mm
(incl. knobs and connectors)
Specifications AX Two
90dB for 1 Watt at 1 meter
55Hz to 20Khz, +/- 6dB in room
Mimumum amplifier power
7 Watts RMS per channel
Maximum amplifier power
100 Watts (unclipped) RMS per channel Peak
6” Paper Cone, foam surround bass driver 3⁄4” dome, silk / polyamide tweeter
Shipping weight (original packaging)
16 KG (per pair)
380mm (h) x 230mm (w) x 230mm (d) per loudspeaker, including grille
450mm (h) x 300mm (w) x 530mm (d) 2 loudspeakers packed together
Specifications CD Zero
3 beam laser
Less that 2 kohm
3.0V RMS (approx.)l
Less that 0.25dB
220/240V - 800 mA Anti-surge 100/120V - 800 mA Anti-surge
300 (W) x 98 (H) x 270 (D) mm
Max power consumption