I heard the Wavac monoblocks and pre driving Talon Firebirds at CES and to my ears they had one of the best soounds at the show.
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I heard their stuff at the shows. I think they had the 805 amps running, which was nice. The new anniversary Sh-833's were also running, those were way over the top. Not sure on price but the better part of $100k I bet. Sounded great, nice build quality as expected. Huge chassis (4 pcs per side). THe one amp of theirs I wanted to hear but wasn't on display was the 4304 amp (834-based) which looked quite cool. Unfortunately all their stuff is quite pricey....I suspect it could be had for about 1/2 the US retail price by shopping for it in Japan. (like most japanese audio products). The sounds overall are quite good, though for the money of the US prices, I think you could have something even more exotic that would sound as good or better. (custom built).
Thanks guys for the nice comments of our 2 CES WAVAC rooms. We introduced many new models including the new T1 transformer-coupled linestage that is the best I have ever heard.....but as the US importer,I certainly have a bias on this topic. :-)
Yes, many Wavacs are very high priced; however, we offer models starting at $5k (MD-811) providing 15w/ch.
As an aside, the HE-4304 uses the 4304 triode tube.
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