MarkAudio-Sota USA Tozzi One Speakers
A Mini Single Driver Desktop Marvel !
If the man seen above said the above, having been the inspiration to every human life in this world, like it or not, we have to take it seriously.
Rhythm and harmony, the two essential pieces of the recipe for good music since his time were acknowledged to present day. We now think of music more like entertainment, we have its delivery through complex technical systems of enormous size and cost. Audiophile equipment coming to us at the speed of lightning bolts named after every Greek God known.
Essentially, what I am saying is that we have lost course in our journey to serenity, and the inner core of our souls. We have taken it a bit too seriously and maybe even a bit too egoistically, to claim that mine is better than yours, or my speaker shatters windows and yours can’t be heard across the block.
Have we lost our central reason for listening, and the pleasure of the rhythm and harmony, and gone for the immediate bang? Have we taken everything and made it into nothing because it is less expensive than the other products around which are dubbed as high-end? I think so.
Myself included ?
…as I opened the light box which contained these Tozzi, pronounced “Totsi”, which suits its liquorice colours. I actually could not even call them speakers at the time. They were not made of anything natural, (they were made of something I cannot even pronounce); they were lighter than my dog’s daily food consumption, and they were RED. What square is red? I couldn’t believe I was stuck to write about a product that was red, oh, it also came in white and black, and didn’t even try to look like any other speaker design in the world? Could this be a joke from my editor?
My reference system is worth 300+ grand, and weighs close to 300 kilograms. It is a tribute to where technology has taken us since Plato’s time. I simply adore it.
Then we have a single driver, no crossover (which is the only good thing I can see until now) speaker.
I didn’t even know what to do with it. It was late, so I placed them quickly into the kitchen area, where I remembered I had a small system which I love listening to. Its cost is rather high, but I figured at $445 USD, then these must play with a system 10 times the price. Yes, I know, it’s an insane amount of money to put on the kitchen table, but it’s a BIG table, and it’s a huge kitchen. We spend endless hours cooking and eating, reading and listening to music. To be honest, just five minutes ago, I was dancing to the Cranberries that only a month ago lost its so special and gifted lead singer, Dolores O’Riordan’s.
A voice, that came alive through this full range little 5cm speaker, with such simplicity, rhythm and soul-touching clarity that I had totally forgot the popcorn slowly been burnt in the kitchen pot (yes, we still pop corns the old fashioned way). I was writing this article and the bass from the little squares was sending bass vibes through my gigantic kitchen table to both of us at the other side of the table. We would have gone to dance a few more songs if it wasn’t for the burning smell that stopped us in our tracks as the pot lid fell to the ground from miscalculation of amount of corns placed in the hot olive oil.
I hated to admit it, but these red Mark Fenlon, MarkAudio, have just made a fool of me and my big ass audiophile mania.I decided to see if he had any new videos up, remembering him from his brilliantly-made designs in the past and found the following.
There were two segments to that video, and I watched them both. You might want to as well.
The imagery, soundstage and bass were not equal to my reference system of course, but the drivers in this enclosure was a man’s thought of simplicity producing sound, uncomplicated, unadulterated, clean music. Music, yes, with both harmony and rhythm. Plato would be proud.
Below I have the technical specs of the speaker; still, allow me to translate them with real music and what truly comes out of a speaker woofer which is so brilliantly designed that the better the front end you put on it, the better it sounds.
This high-end driver is one of a few which will take you all the way from being a student in your dorm, to your office at work, and then to your kitchen table where you will spend endless hours enjoying the basics of Plato.
“WHERE THE STREETS HAVE NO NAME” – The Joshua Tree. First title on CD. CCID 1127, Made in Canada under Columbia House.
The first eerie notes, rather not very defined in this recording as I recall, signals what is to come. The Church bells and the guitar then come into the picture, and make you almost kneel to the bass which is then added and your kitchen table trembles. The beat gets fast, and then faster. It all comes together with these words.
“ I want to run, I want to hide.
I want to tear down the walls that hold me inside
I wanna reach out, and touch the flame
Where the streets have no name”
All with such passion, depth of soul simply does not define the “poison rain” and where the streets have no name. You hear the vocals and so much more from a CD I had bought when I was a teenager, and you are not going to believe this, my first CD ever bought!
Could be a coincidence, but I doubt it. I started my test of these speakers with my first ever CD. I still remember being so thrilled of the new technology, throwing away all cassette tapes I had and all the pencils that were used to rewind and patch up four track tapes of that era.
“I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR” was next. I remembered hearing this the first time around, and remember it never played so intensely, rich and entrenched in notes as I was listening to it today. Of course, the player I used back then was one 800 euro compact disc player, nonetheless a very costly one for a kid. Music reproduction has not lost its ways after all, keeping products like this alive, throughout your life’s journey, will only enhance your depth, your memories, and moving moments to be created. This is a tribute to what we all should be humbled with. The quality of the connectors, the woofer, and the design principle of form following function brought the all details into a very sensible product
On a Stand, on a shelf, just two inches off the wall, or between books in a dorm room, I can only promise that you will grow to love these square ‘stop signs’. Now that explains it all. It’s red, it makes you stop-to listen to the music – and all by simply looking at things differently than we have before.