The Treo CT is a four-way floorstanding loudspeaker in a bass-reflex enclosure. But anyone can Google some names and faces, so Roller is going deeper. Even that connection is systemized, though, through what the restaurant calls captain non-negotiables, a set number of dishes at least four, but often more spaced throughout the meal for captains to return to their designated tables and check. What I wanted was to actually see how he put together a staff where every person working the dining room can seem as charming as Sirio Maccioni in his prime. They quickly touch on notes for the night, such as menu tweaks and what beers are on tap (the printed notes handed out to servers even detail the types of flowers that are in the dining room that night). Its presence in the room was felt immediately in bass response that extended with authority and finesse into the thirty-cycle range. Four people are assigned to the bar, and five get stationed at the front door. If, for example, Roller discovers its a couples anniversary, hell then try to figure out which anniversary. The Treos was not a heavy or ponderous balance either; rather there was a lightness to its overall personality that belied the power of a four-driver configuration.
And soundboard harmonics rose into the listening space as if borne aloft on cushions of air. Even a restaurant like La Grenouille probably doesnt have the resources, or the inclination, to hire five separate people to basically open the door and say hello or good-bye to customers. The crossovers are first-order, impedance-compensated numbers individually tuned in an anechoic chamber. Its a loudspeaker that has an uncommon reverence for the music that poses the greatest challenges to an audio system. Individual soloists remained cleanly defined and focused amidst the chorus, which led to moments so detailed that each line of vocalists was clearly imaged on the ascending risers of the stage. Reproducing the context and complexities of performance and venue, harmonics and ambience, the micro and the macro is where the Treo CT shines at its most brilliant. However, Vandersteen argues that since the barrier strip terminals are soldered directly to the board on crossover networks, this makes the connection 100 impervious to oxidation and other environmental elements that can corrupt connections over time. The Treo CT has a midrange that calmly draws listeners in rather than forcing them away. Its not surprising, but it is thorough: The training manual is 97 pages long. She used to be a captain at Grant Achatzs restaurant. Yes, this runs counter to audiophile gospel, which maintains that grille cloths reduce acoustic transparency, but the Treos grille is anything but ordinary. The restaurant needs someone who has the necessary aptitude, who can be both humble and confident.