Mark Schifter of Perpetual Technologies holds
the soon-to-be-available P-5A ($3500), which is "a P-1A with digitally balanced DACs
and an incredible trade-back policy for the P-1A and P-3A." It digitally decodes and
handles volume control, and it should be available in April.
Verity Audio's new Lohengrin loudspeaker
($55,000 per pair) uses a ribbon tweeter and rear-mounted 15" woofer to produce a
bandwidth that surpasses the limits of the measuring equipment Verity has used.
The Nakamichi Niro Integrated Engine
integrated amplifier ($9850) and Power Engine mono amps ($22,000 each) beg comparisons to
various non-audio products.
CAT showed a new stereo tube amp, the JL2 ,
which the company hopes to sell at less than $10,000 when it's available.
The Shunyata Research Hydra power-line product
($1995) is made completely of non-magnetic materials, including 1/2" granite side
panels, 3/8" copper bus bars, and Shunyata's proprietary Stardust material.
The Hovland Sapphire amplifier ($7800) made
those who saw it take notice. It offers 45Wpc via four EL34 output tubes, which are
protected by Pyrex glass "chimneys."
Soliloquy's new flagship speaker, the 6.5
($5995 per pair), was designed by Phil Jones, who also showed his AAD speakers in Las