Porzilli Audio, Laufer Teknik, and darTZeel America with Liquid Cables

It was good to see Sam Laufer again after all these years. It was equally good to hear how fine Mark Porzilli’s Porzilli Audio speakers plus subwoofers ($35,000/pair) sounded in the company of the fabulous darTZeel LHC-208 Mk II integrated amplifier with DAC/streamer ($27,585), a Laufer Teknik Mini Memory Player 64 ($7500), an SVS 3000 Micro subwoofer ($899), and Liquid Cables.

I swore that the next time I heard Rimsky-Korsakov’s infernal Dance of the Tumblers, I’d tumble out of the room. But since this was my penultimate room, I grudgingly remained and noted how well the subs mated with the narrow Porzilli towers. Highs in this room were smooth, not etched, and the finer aspects of Keith Johnson’s recording came through. Spaciousness was exemplary. The system also handled Hubert Sumlin’s “Still Playing the Blues” with aplomb.

The Porzilli Audio speakers have 48 full-range drivers per side and use no crossover. Sound levels begin to drop off at 190Hz and keep dropping until they trail off at 85Hz. Subs kicked in at 165Hz.

georgehifi's picture


You can't expect 24 speaker cones per channel to move precisely/exactly the same without any differences at all.
It's like listening to the "words/notes" of a single singer or musical instrument, then thinking 24 of them will be just as easy to hear the "words/notes", not going to happen, they will be smeared somewhat.

Cheers George

PTman's picture


I was there and they sounded fantastic. Are your observations based on being in the room?

georgehifi's picture

No! physics!!!

Cheers George

wrilliam@comcast.net's picture

Just to say that the drivers work to create a near cylindrical wave around the speaker. So in effect, you are more or less hearing the drivers directly opposite your ears whether sitting or standing…

georgehifi's picture

Because they are all different lengths from your ear, whether you sit on the floor, in a chair, or stand up, each drivers reproduced note will reach your ear at slightly different times to one another therefore smearing it (time lag).
Also each driver as I said before are not mechanically or electrically identically/precise to one another also creating other distortions.

Cheers George