I am new in this forum, writing from Spain. I would like to explain a bit my experience so far with Louis Chochos and the recent changes in my system.
I admit I was going a bit blind from the beginning, reading a lot and talking to people about how to improve or better said, how to go one step further with the classic, so to say, English sound or Germany sound or sound in general with the typical brands we have available in Europe. Looking for alternatives I decided to check single drivers options and manufacturers with some experience. After months, I ended with a company called Omega driven by Louis.
I do not know him personally, even after getting a pair of CAM. Everything has been done by email, cold media, I must say, but Louis, was always there and he replied my stupid questions every single time.
I went for a set of CAM, which I got in Barcelona, last July. Unfortunately, one of the drivers, had a damage on the paper cone due to transport and manipulation, most likely. I had informed Louis one Friday and next Wednesday following week I had already the spare driver already installed by me at home. Really fast an efficient.
So, I started to explore the single driver concept with lots of surprises and curiosity. First impressions while breaking in was that I had something special with a different sound in my hands. Breaking in period took July, August and September. Hooked to a Leben 300XS the CAM performed really well with detail, imagine and a clarity that I did not have with my PMCt24.
I really enjoyed and I still do those speakers. They bring something different although some people say they do not bring much bass. I honestly can stand too deep bass and I like smooth and low listening levels, even late at night. For such purpose, the CAM are simply perfect.
Following my curiosity I did ask Louis, which could be a perfect amp for the CAM and he suggested the ZTOL10 together with the First Watt J2. I did check both alternatives and after reading as much as possible, I saw that the micro ZTOL as preamp and the ZTOL10 could be something to explore.
I did contacted Mark Schneider , a bit colder than Luis, but with a great business feeling. He gave me the chance to go for the micro and the new ZTOL10 Mark II which was about to be released in short.
So I got both pieces, I must be the first European running the ZTOL10 Mark II since September...
I mentioned before I was going blind because I trusted a couple of guys, without knowing them , some videos or photos in internet maybe..., selling from the US, so it is not easy to play with your money with people you do not know...
To make to long story short, I know now I am close to the Nirvana. The ZTOL and the micro are two special devices, really, that bring a sound so realistic and organic that is difficult to compare with any other. I do compare it with my Leben and a solid Cyrus Stero power, and the result is far away in clarity, 3D imagine, and absolute silence when music is not playing. Somethimes is really scaring how deep silent could be.
I want to thank here, Louis or course, for his incredible speakers, his advices and suggestions and for introducing me to these single driver wonders at a decent price.
I do not want to forget Mark, thank you very much for your extremely well made devices, german style...or sorry, fully American style....
The combination of Omega CAM and the microZTOL together with the ZTOL10, is a combination that I know I would have to spend double or triple amount of money in order to be close to. Simple as that.