Scaena: New products, same great sound
Speaker-wise, we heard Scaena's new model 3.1/12 ($40,000/pair) that comes complete with new, far more visually and spatially acceptable 12" active woofers ($10,000 if sold separately), D/A conversion, and advanced DSP room correction from Bohmer Audio. The source was Scaena's new Mainframe music server ($4800). The server utilizes CHIME (Continuous. High throughput. Integrated. Multimedia Engine), which Scaena claims has the "world's first complete error checking for ultimate in accuracy and naturalness." (Why do I think that more than one manufacturer is going to challenge that claim?) The Mainframe plays everything from DSD to Blu-ray, and is battery-powered. Amplification for everything but the subs was courtesy of Ayon Titan 75Wpc SET monoblocks ($68,000/pair).