Audio Note AZ2/AZ3
about Audio Note AZ-2/AZ-3 loudspeakers
The AZ range are simple, elegant speakers with all the characteristics usually associated with Audio Note. They are designed to be partnered with the Audio Note Zero level CD Player and Amplifier. That said, they are a particularly versatile speaker that performs superbly with most transistor amplifiers. A particular favourite of ours is the AZ-2’s with an OTO and CD1.
They are easy to drive and not too sensitive to room placement. Though to get them working at their optimum they do benefit from being placed near a rear wall or in a corner, to enhance the bass considerably.
The AZ-Two is a simple, elegant floor stand speaker from Audio Note.
It is a superb entry point into the world of Audio Note speakers. Many people begin their journey with Audio Note with these speakers because they are so affordable and accommodating to a wide range of electronics. Once these speakers are in the system it allows you to really hear the beauty an OTO or Audion Sterling.
The AZ-Three is the larger version of the AZ Two . The differences are not just limited to the increased cabinet size but also the tweeter, whereas the AZ- Two uses the same tweeter as found in the AN-K, the AZ- Three uses the tweeter found in the AN-J and AN-E. As you’d expect there’s greater treble refinement and resolution from the superior tweeter, and greater low frequency ability due to the larger cabinet, but for me the biggest jump was a reduction in cabinet colouration (which is counter intuitive given the increased cabinet size).
These speakers are an absolute must for anyone looking for an affordable floorstander, the fact they’re very easy to drive and can be placed in corners are just the icing on the cake.
The AZ-Two loudspeakers make the absolute most of what they’re given, sounding lively and assertive, with lots of brilliance and detail. A slight forwardness in the upper midband, ensures the music projects into the room with plenty of authority and presence. We used the Zero system in a fairly large room and found it able to fill the space with relative ease. The AZ-Two is very good at pitch- differentiation and has excellent timing. You’re literally drawn into the music. We found the Zero system very good at conveying the impression of people singing or playing in a unified coherent manner, so that the music (and performance) makes sense.
Words by Hi-Fi Choice.
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