It just sounds good!’ is what I said as I left the Merlin / Joule Electra showroom. New players this year included Joule Electra’s ‘Right of Passage’ VZN-220 Monoblock OTL’s ($20,000), available also in plain stereo for a modest $12,000. Merlin also introduced, in a ruby-heart finish no less, their VSM-Milleniums ($5,500-$8000, depending on finish). Again, their paired performance, with the added support of Cardas cabling, was a sheer delight. The sound tantalized me so that I wanted to take a bite out of the candy-apple Merlins.

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2001 CES - Merlin / Joule Electra