BAT's new VK AV-10 preamp/processor costs $12,000-$15,000
depending on configuration.
Also new from BAT, the VK-6200 solid-state amp, which costs
$4995 for two-channel configuration and $1250 for each additional channel.
The Mark Levinson No.40 Media Console was
shown in a late pre-production version. As Doug Blackburn and Marc Mickelson found out
while listening in on a demo of the unit, its features are rich even by Madrigal
standards. The No.40 will be available "sometime this year" at a cost
"somwhere in the mid-$20k range."
The CTC Blowtorch preamp (top shelf of rack,
$10,000) has been the subject of some very positive Internet banter. It was shown with the
CTC BBQ amp (bottom, $7000), G&D Tranforms/TG Audio digital front-end ($12,000), and
Reimer Teton speakers ($6995 per pair).
Now in production, the Vandersteen Reference Monitor ($6495
per pair with stands) uses an LED system for time and phase alignment of the speakers at
the listening seat.
The new mbl 111B speakers retail for $16,000 per pair and
looked great in their silver finish.
Legend Audio showed three new amplifiers. From left to
right are the 50Wpc triode Alpha stereo amp ($2995), Nirvana 100W triode monoblocks ($6500
per pair), and 10W SET Swan stereo amp ($3800).
More from Legend. The new Starlet speakers
($2495 per pair) match the various finishes and cosmetics of the Legend electronics. They
also have two internal cavities that buyers can fill with sand for damping purposes.