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Description :
The Bow Technologies ZZ-8 sports the same gloss 'floating' front panel, the curved and solid metal end sections, and delicate gold accents as the ZZ-1. It retains the best attributes of all the others and took a step or two beyond them, resulting in the best CD reproduction. It has the slam of the Krell, the body of the Audio Research, added to a vibrancy and overall organic musicality result in the closest to analog sound. The Bow Technologies ZZ-8 is an engineering marvel, the size belying a weight of 16kg, from the blacked-out, minimalist display to the array of only six switches.

When the AC rocker mounted on the back is switched on, the front panel shows only the word 'standby' in red. Rear-positioning of the on/off switch is deliberate because encourages the user to leave the Bow Technologies ZZ-8 in 'standby' mode when not in use; the player suffers the same kind of warm-up requirements as a power amplifier. Engage play and large red digits tells the user the track number and one of the time modes. The Bow Technologies ZZ-8 displays the time elapsed or remaining, while stopping the CD provides a read-out of total disc time. Other legends appear as required, such as 'HDCD' and 'pause'. On top, the transport controls plus standby are arranged in opposing groups of three. These toggles stand proud and are easy to use, 'intermittent' types which require a gentle flick before springing back in position. In the center of the upper surface is the opening for the CD, which the top loader uses a beautifully machined, lightweight puck.

The Bow Technologies ZZ-8's sonic signature is a curious but pleasing mix of analogue warmth and sheen with digital precision and control. The bass energy of this player is something to behold, a boon for headbangers and marching band fans alike, while the midband complements even an electrostatic. It can handle the most delicate of female voices and acoustic strings. The system was astonishingly brilliant and transparent, yet smooth and effortless at the same time. It can pick out minute detail and is very easy to listen to. Soundstage is enhanced greatly and played with fluency, "fullness" and richness of each note. The Bow Technologies ZZ-8 has a great presentation of the music which the musicians perform in front of the listener in full size flesh and blood.

Specifications :

Frequency Response........................5Hz to 20kHz, 0.3dB
Signal-to-Noise Ratio........................Better than 110dB
Total Harmonic Distortion..................0.002 at 1kHz, 0.007, 10Hz to 20kHz
Dynamic Range................................Better than 96dB
Phase Linearity................................Better than 0.3
Channel Separation..........................Better than 98dB, 1kHz
Wow And Flutter..............................Unmeasurable
Analog Output..................................2.75V RMS
Digital Outputs.................................0.5V p-p, 75 ohms
Digital Filter.....................................Burr-Brown
Digital-to-Analog Converter................Double Burr-Brown 1704, 24-bit
CD Drive Mechanism........................Philips Pro2M (modified)
Power Requirements........................100 or 120 or 230V /-10, 50/60 Hz
Power Consumption.........................40 watts max
Dimensions(w x d x h)......................43 x 34.5 x 8.5 cm
Weight............................................14kg

Miscellaneous :
Remote...........................................No Remote
Made In...........................................Denmark
Condition.........................................8/10

Product Information :
http://www.bowtechnologies.com/bow/index1.html (Manufacturer's Website)

Reviews :
http://hometheaterreview.com/bow-technologies-zz-eight-cd-player-reviewed/
http://www.audioreview.com/cat/digital-sources/cd-players/bow-technologies/zz-eight/prd_116811_1586crx.aspx

 

 
 
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