Sharp Electronics of Japan used their 1-bit
amplifier technology in their high-end electronics. Now this has trickled down to the
compact SD-NX10H stereo system, which features a CD player, MD recorder, tuner and
external amplifier. It's priced at 3000 DM without speakers (those shown are from Elac).
Although Avantgarde showed prototypes of the
two-way active Solo loudspeaker speaker before, High End 2001 is the official product
debut. The Solo is 4790 DM each.
Fans of the Spendor LS3/5A will want to take
note of the newest external crossover, available from Cicable. The original crossover
(right, which must be removed from the speaker) is shown beside the new external crossover
(center), which comes with the case shown and a full instruction set on how to remove the
old crossover and install the new. The price is 1800 DM.
Denmark's Holfi showed their 2.5-way Tyra
Charisma loudspeaker priced at 9000 DM per pair.
Electrocompaniet debuted the Nada 400W class-A
mono amplifier. It retails for 15,000 DM per pair.
Castle Acoustics showed the new Warwick 3
loudspeaker, which retails for 2000 DM per pair without stands.
Germany's Lindemann Audiotechnik showed their
Reference SACD player priced at 15,000 DM.
Hungary's Etalon makes electronics, speakers,
cables and even their own recordings. The speakers shown are priced from 1490 to 10,000 DM
and are available in kit form or as finished products.
Denmark's GamuT showed the M-250 mono power
amplifier priced at 20,000 DM per pair. That's a highly polished chrome faceplate doing
the fantastic job of reflecting the pattern of the carpet.
The Piega C-40 from Switzerland is the
company's new flagship speaker and features a sand-cast aluminum cabinet. The price is
53,800 DM per pair. The amplifier flanking it on the right is the Amp Mono, priced at
15,000 DM per pair. It can output 200W into 8 ohms and 1000W into 1 ohm.