Jaton's China/German/California Connection
One of several low-cost, high quality exhibits at Axpona came from Jaton. Based in Fremont, CA, Jaton sources its speaker components from Germany and other parts of Europe, but assembles them in China. It amps, which include 14 Mundorf caps in the amp proper and four more in the power sector, are assembled in Fremont. Everything is designed by the company's unnamed and extremely secretive CEO, who only began to enter the high-end market a few years ago.
Jaton's stereo amp, the 150Wpc into 8 ohms Operetta AP2300AX ($5500), has two stages. To control heat, the first is class-A/B, while the second and final stage is class-A. The Operetta RC2000P is a pure analog design, while the RC2000S has two digital inputs and a controllable LFE subwoofer output. Both range from $1300$1500.
Premiering in a new version with reworked crossover is the REAL A3 speaker. The speaker descends into the low 30s, and boasts 92dB sensitvity. A CD player is due out in the fall.
At the time of audition, Jaton had joined the long list of companies that were having trouble controlling bass in the Wyndham Riverwalk Hotel's rooms. Nonetheless, cymbals sounded right. The experience whet my appetite for a future Jaton demo for the Bay Area Audiophile Society.