"What do they cost?" was the question most often
heard in the Soliloquy room, and it referred to the new Soliloquy 6.5 speakers, which were
driven by Cary's new CAD-280 SE amp ($4000), also called the "V12." A Cary
SLP-98 preamp ($2500) and CD-306 CD player ($5000) rounded out the electronics. All
cabling was from Analysis Plus, and also in use were two Sound Application CF-X power-line
filters, the Spider Rack from Finite Elemente, and a full complement of Vistek Aurios
MIBs. The treble sweetness and bass slam of this system were impossible to ignore. Oh, and
the speakers cost $5995 per pair -- but look and sound like they cost much more.