1998 wurden die Limited Edition der Cat Convergent JL1 Röhren Mono Endstufen von der Audio als die Besten der Welt gekürt. Der damalige Neupreis der LE-Version übertraf den der Standard Ausführung um 50.000 DM und kostete somit 90.000DM.
Die Röhren Monos sind sehr gut erhalten und kommen frisch aus dem Service.
THE CAT by Reinhard Wendemuth AUDIO August 2001
THE FANS OF THE LOVINGLY CALLED "CAT", THE CLASS TRADEMARK OF "CONVERGENT AUDIO TECHNOLOGY"; NO LONGER BELIEVED, THAT IT WOULD EVER HAPPEN, THE STEREO-VERSION OF THE LEGENDARY TUBE MONOBLOCKS JL1. BUT NOW IT IS HERE - AND EXCEEDS THE HIGHEST EXPECTATIONS.
In issue 4. 1998 AUDIO magazine celebrated the JL1 LIMITED Edition as "the best amplifier of all time". The Limited Edition version of the JL1 monoblocks , from Convergent Audio Technologies, sounded better then anything that we had ever heard up to that time. At that time it topped the "AUDIO BEST LIST" at 125 points, which in the meantime has been topped only recently by the extremely expensive, 300.000 Mark, "Krell MRA". This rating is especially remarkable since this is a tube unit. With this rating technique, "Audio", is especially careful with recommendations, because of the universally problematic characteristics of tubes. The CONVERGENT amplifier is an exception to this rule. The measured values are far beyond good. The JL2 has practically no limitations regarding choice of loudspeaker. Exceptions are absolutely seldom. Tubes in general have a shorter lifespan than transistors, but are very easily replace. With every "amplifier" one should be prepared that with the rare failure of a power tube, the hardwired cathode resistor will be lost. In this case a good service technician is needed, to ensure a weekend of musical pleasure.