Next Wednesday 18 Feb Arthur Rappos will demonstrate his valve preamp in the latest iteration. Ultra quiet real balanced inputs and outputs as well as RCAs. Arthur is perfectionist, this Pnyx (let’s see what the spell checker thinks of Pnyx!) preamplifier is direct oupled, no caps or transformers in the line stage. And now a phono stage will be avaiable.
Powered by an Elektra Reference amp to achieve the highest resolution from an Antipodes Audio music server. This should be worth hearing, expect some HR music provided by Warwick Freemantle. The speakers use the amazing and expensive Accuton ceramic drivers, “Vescova” from Gauder Akustik.
Lots of new equipment to enjoy, Nick K has done it again! Really not to be missed.
The meeting also was the first time I saw Hugh Dean’s newest AKSA amp, a 70 Watt amp designed with some (intentional) 2nd harmonic distortion, an interesting new design using only 5 transistors. Having heard several of his other amps I can believe this is going to be something special.
The Jaycar DAC was also a new product with potential. It handles all formats (except SACD), and up to 24bit 192kHz conversion. Great for audio stored on your computer, USB input and Toslink, headphone and RCA out. $149 retail. Used with Mark’s 300b amp and Fostex horn loaded speakers.
Our DIY guru, Mark Houston will present an evening that goes a step further than the Stephen Myles/Glen Baddeley evening a few months ago. Mark will be looking at computer based audio using a reasonable cost ($149) DAC from Jaycar. This DAC, unlike others, is a high performance DSP (Digital Signal Processor) which does all the conversions in software. It works asynchronously with the computer and uses a number of Xtals for low jitter and high performance. Mark will play only high resolution files including 24 bit, 192k.
Equipment will include a 300B amp. (the Silver Dragon) and Mark’s Fostex back horn loaded speakers. The preamp is a Pass BoZ, special edition.
Here is the future of audio. All indications are that CD’s are now past their use-by date and with this technology, soon blu-ray will be the only portable storage medium for high-def. audio.”