I’ve been telling Greg that I think these speakers are a little unconventional looking, not necessarily in a bad way, but the sound he manages to get from them is arresting. Not quite as nuanced as the much more expensive Vittoras, they nonetheless have a similar sound — must be that big ass horn, eh? Duh. Again, while the horn is not quite the same as what you’d find on the Vittora (the so-called “top-hat”) simply turned on its side, there is quite a bit of similarity. And with that tweeter way up there, the sound stage is tall, wide and quite impressive with its definition. Price is $13,900 for the pair.
Greg was showing them with a quartet of amplifiers from a new-to-me Russian company, SST Audio. The SST “Essence” is an SET that leverages 813 output tubes. The chassis is made out of titanium and African Frake-Tree wood to help control vibrations and resonance. Oh, and to look pretty much drop-dead gorgeous. Yeah. The aesthetic is really quite striking, apparently the result of a collaboration with Italian designers Zagato Studio. Each mono is good for 40wpc, and will set you back $62k/pair.
There were two pairs here at the show.
With the monos, SST provided an active crossover/preamplifier, a 6-input active unit with a tube stage, the SST pre is still $TBD, but we’ve been told to expect almost $40k for the unit.