Is your mouth watering yet? Mine was when I laid eyes on the 2HP-D, one of three amazing amplifiers that signal the return of Scientific Audio Electronics. Founded in 1967 by stealth designer Morris Kessler (see “15 Minutes with SAE Founder, Amp Guru Morris Kessler.”), SAE has always been synonymous with world-class amplification, which in Kessler’s view boils down to three key ingredients: reliability, accuracy, and freedom from noise. As he puts it, “Voltage and current must be available to satisfy the demands of the program material, and the amplifier itself cannot intrude on the user experience.” Read the article on soundandvision.com
Even if you never heard his name you know his work. For nearly half a century Morris Kessler has been quietly designing and building world-class power amplifiers, not only for SAE—the iconic brand he founded in 1967—but for his other company ATI and a number of respected brands including Dynaco, Aragon, Crestron, Adcom, Integra Research, and B&K, to name a few. But that’s not all Kessler is known for… Read the article on soundandvision.com
Read John Atkinson’s review of SAE’s 2 Horsepower Amplifiers on Stereophile.com Brian Barr was showing the SAE 2-horsepower amplifiers described earlier by Larry Greenhillwith his $100,000 California Audio Technology speaker system, comprising CT MBXS6 two-way satellites and two MBX900 subwoofers. This system played more loudly, more cleanly than any I heard at CES. Founded in 1988, CAT has specialized in the custom-install market, designing sound systems that can cost upwards of $1 million dollars for yachts and palaces. It manufactures all its own drive-units. The 105lb, Corian-cabinet satellite features 6.5″ aluminum-cone units with a solid brass phase plug in place of a dustcap. The speaker is specified as being flat to 60Hz, but was crossed over at 120Hz to the 230lb...
CES 2016: SAE Bows 8-Channel Monster Amp http://www.soundandvision.com/content/sae-bows-8-channel-monster-amp#wQkPgVKH8Z4TEYmi.97 The folks at SAE often find their products used in 8- to 15-channel installations, so the SAE 8300 multichannel amp offers 8×300 watts into 8 ohms (and lots more into lower impedances). Last year’s prototype is now in production and shipping at $17,995. Its stereo sibling, the 2HP, figured in one of the show’s most sensational demos along with CAT speakers and dual subs. The system delivered the speediest kick drum we’ve heard coming out of a speaker and its dynamic assurance was exceptional.