Anyway, the Acute 4 is and will be a SACD transport with DAC that will support native file-based DSD playback over USB. Priced at $12,000, the Acute 4 will have a tube output stage — actually, it’ll use four tubes total, and will have significantly lower distortion than the outgoing model. It’ll also be clad in pure Sterling silver and have a giant Superman “S” on the front panel. Okay, I made that last bit up. But it’d be cooler that way.
The new Marten Django L loudspeakers did make it, so that’s something. The $9,000 model complements the upscale $15,000 Django XL, though the styling is pretty much identical — as are the choices in color: grey or black. The three aluminum drivers in the XL have been swapped for a pair of large 8″ aluminum/ceramic drivers, creating a 2-way loudspeaker with a 6ohm nominal impedance, 88dB sensitivity, and a -3dB point at 27Hz and 30kHz. Internal wiring is all Jorma Designs, and the cabinets weighs a robust, but not backbreaking, 75lbs each.
Sound in the E.A.R. room has, as I’m finding usual for this pairing, a relaxed and magical feel to it. It’s just lovely on the ears, and something I’d be very happy to explore in the future. Perhaps starting with the Acute 4!