Benjamin Zander with
his new PMC Reference
Surround Sound Playback
Boston (March 20, 2009)--For close to 30 years, Benjamin Zander has served as conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, which was founded especially for him.
When the time came for Zander to update a sound system for his playback studio, he chose PMC - The Professional Monitor Company. "I have found it at last: The perfect sound," Zander said. "I recommend PMC speakers to anyone for whom listening to music is a sacred act."
The reference surround-sound system was designed by Joe Less from JL AV Design, PMC USA's Boston dealer. JL AV Design also supplied and installed the system components. Zander was supplied with a pair of PMC MB2-XBD-Active loudspeakers for the left and right channels, plus an MB2-Active Center, all of which are powered by PMC-Bryston Active amplifiers and crossovers. All three cabinets are finished in a cherry veneer. For surround channels, Less chose a pair of PMC Wafer 2 On-wall flat-panel loudspeakers finished in white and powered by a Bryston SP2 surround amplifier/processor.
"I close my eyes, and think I am in the ideal seat in the greatest concert hall in the world,” Zander says. “Every detail, from the gentle swish of a cymbal to the complex texture of a Mahlerian orchestra, is realized with perfect clarity. I thought I had heard everything that audio could do, but this takes us to another level."
Zander is nearing the completion of his recording of the complete cycle of the Mahler Symphonies for Telarc. The Mahler Sixth was named the "Best Classical Recording" of 2002 by High Fidelity. The Mahler Ninth was nominated for a Grammy Award and was named "The performance of a millennium" by Fanfare Magazine. Both have been elected to the Fanfare classical music Hall of Fame.