Lighting Strikes Audio Electronics by Cary
New to the line is the Lightning USB 24/192 DAC ($1295). Utilizing asynchronous USB technology from Gordon Rankin of Wavelength, the Lightning is set to strike the market around April 1.
Completing the listening chain were the Constellation preamp ($1495), Hercules Amp ($1895), KEF Q700 loudspeakers ($1500), and MIT cabling. (The only Audio Electronics component not auditioned was the $1195 Nighthawk headphone amplifier.) Unfortunately, it was very difficult to focus on music in the noisy room. Of what I could hear of inescapable Diana Krall's "There You Go" (or something to the effect), I was impressed by the system's ability to create an impressive soundstage and project sound out from the speakers and into the room, but found the piano's sound too tinkly.