The SoundScape 8, clad in Jim Salk’s extra-special just-for-himself veneer (he get’s a little round-eyed at the thought of doing that veneer again, but could probably be talked into it … maybe), is an outstanding performer. At $7,995/pair, they’re a screaming steal of a good deal, and for that cash you get a laundry-list of features: RAAL ribbon, Accuton mid, dual 8″ woofers and dual 12″ passive radiators. And yes, they sound awesome.
I didn’t get to hear the Veracity ST ($4,195/pair), a 2-way transmission-line design (also with a RAAL ribbon and dual SEAS woofers), but I did get to hear the system on the opposite wall, the “Exotica”, described in-room as an “experimental high-efficiency stand mount” (photo is above). A two-way slot-ported monitor, the Exotica uses a SEAS “Exotic” tweeter and woofer, for a 50Hz-20kHz frequency response at a 91db sensitivity. Better still? It sounds extraordinary. Price is still TBD, but expect $6k-ish for the pair).
Frank Van Alstine was showing a new Transcendence Nine Vacuum Tube Preamplifier ($1,399) with the Fet Valve 600R amplifier ($3,199) on the “big” system; the new Fet Valve CF Advanced Vacuum Tube Preamplifier ($1,899) was matched with the Ultravalve Vacuum Tube amplifier ($1,999) with the Exotica. Both systems used a Fet Valve Hybrid DAC ($1,899).
In short? AVA and Salk Sound brought out a winner here at RMAF. Nice work!