The stately 250-pound Wadia 790 PowerDAC, a digital-to-analog converter with "variable power" to drive loudspeakers directly.
The Wadia 790 PowerDAC with the top off. Specifications include 32-times re-sampling at 96kHz and true 24-bit resolution. The 790 PowerDAC is upgradeable to 192kHz processing; the price is approximately $50,000 per pair. Ian White, SoundStage!'s resident Jedi, commented on the striking similarity in appearance between the 790 PowerDAC and the helmet of Boba Fett.
Audio Research's new Reference 300 monoblock amplifiers, the little brothers of the Reference 600 amps, are priced at $11,995 each.
The Lamm ML2 single-ended amplifier ($14,645 each) won an Innovations 99 award for design and engineering -- the third such award that Lamm designer Vladimir Shushurin has received. Look for a SoundStage! review of the ML2s on a screen near you.
The new Hales Alexandra speakers, whose price is yet to be announced.
Wavelength's new Triton Signature amplifiers ($10,000 per pair) sounded very good driving Shun Mook's Bella Voce Signature speakers.
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