This is what Jules Coleman of Enjoy The Music online magazine found out in his review of the Peak Consult Zoltan, where he drove the Zoltan with a 25-watt tube amplifier.
In his words – “There is no denying that the Wilson line of loudspeakers – especially the System 7 – represents the state of the art in midsize dynamic loudspeakers. There is also no denying that it is experiencing pressure from ‘below’ and now from above. The DeVore Silverback Reference at two-thirds its price is a better balanced speaker than the System 7.
The Zoltan, at a somewhat greater price is a much more revealing, nuanced and sophisticated speaker overall. In fact, if you are considering purchasing Kharma mini Exquisites, Wilson MAXX-2, or Sonus Faber Stradivari, I urge you to listen to the Zoltan. All represent much more difficult loads to drive, and are less neutral if more exciting and excitable choices.
If the question you are facing is not just ‘who looks great tonight who I might take home for an evening spin?’ but is instead ‘who can I see myself having a meaningful relationship with?’ (and at the cost of entry it should be), you may very well find your soul mate in a pair of Peak Consult Zoltans.
This is a speaker you will definitely want to listen to – long term. The Peak Consult Zoltan is one of the few dynamic loudspeakers that might well get you off the audio roller coaster once and for all.”
*price has changed since the review, due to inflation as well as implemented upgrades and improvements through the years
Audio Technology drivers are state-of-art drivers designed by Ejvind Skaaning and Per Skaaning, and made in Stilling, Denmark. Ejvind Skaaning was the guiding force behind several loudspeaker companies in Denmark, among the most prominent are Scan-Speak and Dynaudio corporations, both founded by Mr. Skaaning.
The multifaceted enclosure is handcrafted in our own facilities by Danish artisans in a 1.5”- 3.0” HDF specially glued sandwich material covered by 1” solid hardwood.
The side panels have been made out of “finger tapped” wood. Each wood panel has been hand-chosen, processed and assembled with traditional Danish fine wood crafting techniques.
The geometrical design optimises the off-axis response while minimizing diffraction.
In order to minimize internal standing-waves, there are no parallel front, back, top or bottom panels.
The slant of the front panel aligns the phase and timing between tweeter, midrange and woofers.
The Danish Scan-Speak tweeter is a non-Ferro fluid 1" soft dome, SD-2 motor, low compression design, and non-resonant chamber, modified here for our specific performance parameters to perform effortlessly.
The Danish 5” Audiotechnology midrange is hand-built specifically for optimal behaviour in the Zoltan’s enclosure. The driver features a cone that has been uniquely shaped for this moving system and a vented magnet system that includes Symmetric Drive, optimising the linear directivity. It performs with peerless soundstaging ability.
The dual Danish 7” Audiotechnology woofer array is hand-built and specifically designed for Zoltan. The technology used in the moving system makes them very low-loss drivers. The magnet and ventilation system allows the drivers to reproduce very tight and extremely low frequencies.
The speaker includes an acoustical odd order crossover in the tweeter/midrange section and a third order in the midrange/bass section.
Every component has been chosen for its sonic and musical behaviour, with no consideration for cost.
The crossover is hardwired with silver solder and sealed in the bottom of the speaker to avoid microphony and to shield it from electrical and magnetic radiation from rest of the system.
Peak Consult have chosen to include the best cable available to High End Audio: The purest solid core silver cable from Stereovox.
The speaker includes an acoustical second order crossover in the tweeter/midrange section and also a second order in the midrange/bass section.
Every component has been chosen for its sonic and musical behaviour, with no consideration for cost, most of them having been custom hand-built for Zoltan.
The crossover is crimped and then hardwired with silver soldering and sealed to avoid microphony and to shield it from electrical and magnetic radiation from rest of the system.
For the internal wire Peak Consult has chosen the best silver internal wire from Stereovox.
Design: 3 way Ported
Crossover Frequencies: 250 Hz / 4800 Hz
Frequency Range: 20 – 30000 Hz -3dB
Sensitivity: 92 dB @ 1W/1m
Impedance: 4 ohm
Dimensions (H x W x D): 108 x 29,5 x 38 cm
Weight: 66 kg
Available in: Rosewood, White Ash, Walnut, Piano Black and X.E Edition