SAE 2HP-D power amplifier Associated Equipment

Sidebar 2: Associated Equipment

Analog Sources: Continuum Audio Labs Caliburn & Castellon turntable & stand; Kuzma Stabi M turntable; SAT, Kuzma 4Point 14" tonearms. Cartridges: Audio-Technica AT-ART-1000; Lyra Atlas, Atlas SL, Etna, Etna SL; Miyajima Labs Zero (mono) & Madake; Ortofon Anna & A95.
Digital Sources: Audio Alchemy DDS•Pro CD transport, Simaudio Moon Evolution 780D streaming DAC; Lynx Hilo A/D-D/A converter; Meridian Sooloos Digital Media System; Pure Vinyl & Vinyl Studio software.
Preamplification: Ypsilon MC-10L & MC-16L step-up transformers; Audio Tekne TEA-8695, TruLife Argo, Ypsilon VPS-100 phono preamplifiers; Audio Research Reference 6, darTZeel NHB-18NS (2016 edition) preamplifiers.
Power Amplifiers: darTZeel NHB-458 monoblocks.
Loudspeakers: Wilson Audio Specialties Alexandria XLF.
Cables: Interconnect: Snake River Audio Boomslang S/PDIF, Stealth Sakra & Indra, TARA Labs Zero Evolution & Zero, Teresonic Clarison Gold, Wireworld Platinum Eclipse. Speaker: TARA Labs Omega EvolutionSP, Wireworld Platinum Eclipse 7. AC: AudioQuest high current (not yet named), Shunyata Research Zi Tron Sigma Analog & Sigma Analog HC & Sigma Digital.
Accessories: AudioQuest Niagara 7000, Shunyata Research Triton & Typhon power conditioners; Oyaide AC wall box & receptacles; ASC Tube Traps; RPG BAD, Skyline & Abffusor panels; Stillpoints Aperture Room panels; Synergistic Research UEF products (various); Symposium Roller Blocks & Ultra platform; Finite Elemente Pagode, HRS Signature SXR, Stillpoints ESS stands; Audiodharma Cable Cooker; Furutech record demagnetizer & deStat; Loricraft PRC4 Deluxe, Audiodesksysteme Gläss record-cleaning machines.—Michael Fremer

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Anon2's picture

I enjoyed this review on a variety of fronts. I am glad to see SAE back on the scene. I had an SAE tape deck back in the day, before abandoning cassettes for my first Kyocera CD player.

I hope that SAE comes out with some more products.

This review was also a walk down memory lane of California entrepreneurship from the 1980s. The story of rise, fall, and rising again (in the 1980s, 1990s, and today) provided lessons going far beyond the audio hobby. It's good to see a legacy California business bringing back brands once left for dead. It's even better to hear of an existing electronics manufacturer in the US, standing in the shadow of downtown/East LA and Dodger Stadium.

It's "To Die and Live (Again) in LA" with this great historical essay on SAE, Southern California industrial resourcefulness, a comeback that none expected, and a repurposed and retooled operation that was in the background but never really went away.

As an epilogue to this story, Tokai bank itself was swallowed up in a merger with Sanwa Bank (I remember the Sanwa Bank tower in downtown LA). Later these components all fell into the current Bank of Tokyo/Mitsubishi UFJ conglomerate.

It's another great testament that SAE, in light of all of this, now comes back as an independent brand, still tethered to its original founders, while the one-time creditor has now been absorbed through a series of mergers back home.

georgehifi's picture

These sort of arc welders are good for speakers like Wilson Alexia, which with the their negative phase angle plus load can represent a combined load of .9ohm

Cheers George