Dean Peer OKs Trenner & Friedl’s Pharoah

Wandering into the Blackbird Audio room, whom do I encounter but audiophile legend Dean Peer giving Trenner & Friedl’s Pharoah loudspeakers ($13,000/pair) a major run for the money. While learning that the speaker’s plywood cabinet is bottom-ported, and that it has a horn-loaded compression tweeter and 8" paper-cone woofer, Dean played various impossibly deep runs, leaps, and scales to discover that the speakers in fact react quite fast, and extend down to the subsonic level. Very very cool. I’m afraid I didn’t hear much else in the system—apologies to Heed Audio, Cardas Audio, Profundo, Colleen Cardas Imports, Unison Research, and Opera Callas loudspeakers, among others—but I sure had a great time.

John Atkinson adds: I missed Dean's concert but I did listen to the Opera Callas speakers, which are covered in a measurements “Follow-Up” in the November issue, because I didn’t have time to audition them in my own system. With their spaced tweeters above and below the woofer, they shouldn’t work but they do, in fact, offer great sound, which is what John Marks found in his August 2013 review. Driving the Callases was the Unico Nuova 95Wpc hybrid integrated amplifier and the Unico CDE CD player ($4495), both shown in my photo above.

BlackbirdAudio's picture

Of the two systems that were in our shared room (Colleen Cardas Imports, Profundo and Blackbird Audio Gallery) the Trenner & Friedl speakers were driven with all Heed Audio Obelisk series electronics and are imported and distributed by Bob Clarke of Profundo.
CCI (Colleen Cardas Imports) supplied a woderful system made up of Unison Research's Unico line; the Unico Nuovo (hybrid integrated amp) and Unico CDE (a tube output CD player) driving the Opera Callas monitors.
Both systems surprised and delighted show attendees.

Best regards, 

Dan Muzquiz
Blackbird Audio Gallery

Jason Victor Serinus's picture

Thank you for the correction. As you can imagine, there was no way for me to sort it all out in the midst of Dean performance.