SAE's 2HP Amplifier Creates Amp Display Envy

Scientific Audio Electronics (SAE), founded in 1967, has been out of business for decades. Recently, Morris Kessler of ATI, manufacturers of the ATI and Theta brands,helped restore the company. At CES, Bill Skaer, National Director of Sales, presented the firm's latest amplifier, the 125 lb, SAE 2 HP-D Display version ($19,995).

The front panel features a huge digital display that shows either two analog meters, one stacked on top of the other, or a real-time spectrum analyzer, also showing both channels . The design is a dual-mono, fully differential, full-balanced amplifier with ratings of 746Wpc into 8 ohms (2x1 horsepower, hence the name) and 1350Wpc into both 4 ohms and 2 ohms.