Munich High-End 2018 Ron Report: Aesthetix

Ron Resnick

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Jim White, the Founder of Aesthetix, and one of the very nicest and most genuine and honest people in all of high-end audio, was proudly showcasing several new and interesting products.


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Aesthetix Pallene

The Aesthetix Pallene preamplifier is an all-new preamp with DAC, phono and headphone options. It features fully-balanced vacuum tube circuitry and a discrete switched resistor voulime control based on the Calypso preamplifier.

This very flexible and configurable preamp employs one 6DJ8/6922 per channel and utilizes a custom-wound transformer.


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Aesthetix Mimas

Combining the Calypso line stage and the Atlas power amplifier, the new Mimas Integrated Amplifier features zero feedback, differential, balanced-bridged outputs. The Mimas, like the Atlas, features custom-wound transformers. The Mimas costs a relatively reasonable EUR7,950.


Aesthetix Mimas Specifications

Inputs: 5 balanced and single-ended.

Outputs: Preamp output, balanced and single-ended. One balanced speaker output per channel. Headphone 1⁄4”.

I/O: RS232: 1 DB9 connector; IR extender; full function remote control.

Trigger: Input / output 1/8” mono jack.

Dimensions: 17 7/8” x 17 11/16” x 5 1/2” / 43.4 x 44.9 x 14 cm.

Boxed: 22” x 22” x 10” / 55.8 x 55.8 x 25.4 cm.

Weight: 41Lbs / 18.6Kg Stand alone; Boxed 50Lbs / 22.7Kg.

Tubes: One 6DJ8 / 6922 per channel.

Power Output: 150 WPC, both channels driven into 8 ohms.

Options: Phono: MM / MC. Gain / loading front panel & remote adjustable.

DAC: 2 x RCA, 2 x TosLink, 1 x USB 24bit / 352k, DSD & DSD2.


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Atlas Mono Eclipse

The Atlas Mono Eclipse is the lastest version of the highly-regarded Atlas amplifier. I have listened to the Atlas Signature extensively in the system of a friend who uses them to drive MBL 101E Mk. II loudspeakers.

I personally prefer the Atlas to drive MBLs over MBL’s own amplifiers. The solid-state output stage of the Atlas is powerful enough to control the radialstrahler drivers but the tube input stage adds a bit of much-needed (in my opinion) sweetness and warmth.

I think the Atlas is a great answer for any tube amp aficionado who has to solve a system-building equation which requires high current capability.


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I personally am a huge fan of Aesthetix products, and I have been a huge fan for a very long time. I have happily owned an Io since 1997. Jim presently is in the process of upgrading my Io to Eclipse status with two power supplies. In addition, I recently ordered a Callisto Eclipse with two power supplies.
 

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