ABOUT TETRA SPEAKERS: I do a great deal of my listening in my office. Thatâ€™s largely where I preview new recordings for potential spins on my radio program (Friday Drivetime Jazz, 4-6:00 p.m. on WPFW 89.3 FM, Pacifica Radio in Washington, DC; listen live at www.wpfw.org), for my artistic direction work (see elsewhere on this site), and for writing & reviewing purposes; along with the trusty iPod for portable listening. My aged NAD receiver had been faltering for the last few months and replacement time was near. Yes, I know the audiophileâ€™s biblical drill: separates are best for top-shelf sound. But letâ€™s face it, the average office is a limited space and the thought of cramming separate amplifier, tuner, pre-amp, etc., etc. wasnâ€™t real practical.
Being more than satisfied with my two previous NAD receivers â€“ from both performance and budget standpoints â€“ I resolved to purchase their latest model, the C720BEE to go along with a CD burner I was well-satisfied with. For these ears the speaker system is the key to good sound. In this case I cast aside budget considerations and determined to go beyond the Circuit City/Best Buy-level speakers and seek something more in the audiophile atmosphere.
Ordinarily JazzTimesâ€™ monthly Sound Advice column is a bit windy for me; and I suspect the same holds true for all but the audiophile amongst us. But the November â€™06 issue column, titled â€œThe Making of a Jazz Audiophileâ€, caught my attention primarily because it detailed the listening habits of several jazz artists, including NEA Jazz Master bassist Ron Carter. As the column recounted, Carter â€œdescribe[ed] how the Tetra 606 speakers he purchased last year have finally made him a believer in the legitimacy of so-called high-end audioâ€¦â€ On the next two pages were photos of these rather advanced looking speaker systems.
Curiosity properly piqued I visited the Tetra web site (www.tetraspeakers.com) and was further intrigued by the speakerâ€™s glowing endorsements from such learned ears as NEA Jazz Masters Benny Golson and Herbie Hancock. So via the listed email contact I inquired about the location of the nearest local Tetra dealer. Wonder of wonders Adrian Butts, the company president himself, responded almost immediately. One thing led to another and I ordered their office system-friendly bookshelf model Tetra 120u speakers.
A few days later when they arrived and I eagerly hooked them up to my new NAD, I was amazed at the clarity of these speakers; the absence of artificial bass and treble boost (no, youâ€™ll read no audiophile hoo-haw about sonic hieroglyphics here), and the fact that what I now heard from the CDs spinning in the office was a sound atmosphere truer to the optimum live performance experience than any comparable bookshelf speakers in my experience. So if you visit the Tetra site (www.tetraspeakers.com) youâ€™ll find this writer among the happy endorsers of this great product.
Tetra is a Canada-based company whose speakers â€“ ranging from my bookshelf 120us to Ron Carterâ€™s monster 606 models â€“ are nothing short of extraordinary for home jazz recording reproduction, and any other music Iâ€™ve spun through them — including blues, R&B, African and hip hop flavors. To learn more visit www.tetraspeakers.com or call them toll free at 866/626-0030 and be sure to let Tetra know that Open Sky sent you!