• Ideon Audio’s proprietary design

    Utilizing expertise obtained through our proprietary 3R re-clocking circuits, our Clients’ feedback and suggestions, and latest technology, the absolute Time was designed to address signal degradation issues in a definitive manner. Superlative power and constant correction are legion here too.

    SPDIF Correction / Re-clocking

    The Absolute Time SPDIF circuit also includes a stabilized coax input and a proprietary, ultra-low-noise, jitter-less re-clocking platform with 12.8MHz master clock output

    Stability and Power

    The Absolute Time incorporates electrically stable signal inputs and outputs; more importantly, it has a high power, 2.5A (5V rail) USB output, capable of driving any load without loss of detail, clarity, or dynamics.

    Ideon Audio, over spec’d Power Supply

    Huge, linear, power supplies have become an Ideon Audio trademark. We gave the Absolute Time an excessive main power bank composed of selected audiophile, low esr, silk caps. The audiophile transformer is high-wattage for the application and hand-made.
  • “Aurender is trying to kill your computer.” – AudioStream

    Designed and developed to eliminate the reliance upon computers and other IT products in your digital audio system, the Aurender Content Server (ACS10) unifies the activities of CD ripping, Network Attached Storage (with RAID mirroring), and advanced library management/metadata editing with exceptional USB audio output. Not only does ACS10 excel as a stand-alone Digital Transport with the same filtered & isolated USB audio output found on the most high-end Aurender models, the included ACS Manager companion app incorporates advanced library management utilities right from your iPad or Android tablet. A TEAC CD-ROM drive and ACS’s reference quality CD Ripping engine authors the best sounding files from your CDs in your choice of FLAC, WAV or AIFF codecs. Metadata is automatically retrieved and fully editable if desired. Music collectors with massive libraries or more than one high-end system in the home will appreciate ACS10 as a Central Server Hub for other Aurender players. Connectivity is accomplished over the network, allowing the ACS10 to be conveniently located in your main audio system or in a separate location.

    In theory, DC transmission should be simple, but like so much I life, familiar theory only scratches the surface of reality. Sitting between the incredibly quiet WADAX power supplies and the DAC or Server, the challenge facing the Akasa DC Reference cable is twofold: It must maintain and deliver that noise-free DC and it needs to prevent additional noise re-entering the feed during that transfer. Neither is as simple as basic theory suggests. Developments in WADAX power supply technology and implementation have produced power supplies that defy conventional measurement. With noise levels that are below the threshold of even the best instrumentation, we have to contend with previously unsuspected distortion mechanisms, noise arriving from previously unrecognised sources.
  • The Alpha DAC Reference Series 3 contains breakthrough technology that redefines the potential of digital audio quality. Experienced industry listeners who have heard the Alpha DAC Reference Series 3 are unanimous in their praise, saying that the Reference Series 3 clearly outperforms any other DAC they have heard, including those with six figure retail prices, and even the much admired DAC portion of the Pacific Microsonics Model 2 studio ADC/DAC. In addition to its unprecedented PCM audio quality, the Alpha DAC Reference Series 3 also features MQA Rendering of unequaled audio quality.

    Manufacturing each Alpha DAC Reference Series 3 to its full performance potential required development of a new hyper-accurate test and alignment procedure that is unique in the industry. This new test and alignment procedure allows extremely precise and repeatable production of the Alpha DAC Reference Series 3.

    The original Alpha DAC Reference Series was a breakthrough product that reduced noise, particularly in the time domain, to levels significantly lower than any audio D to A converter previously available. The result was an immediacy and presence of music reproduction that was closer to the microphone feed than ever before. The unprecedented resolution of the original Alpha DAC Reference Series allowed and demanded further development and perfection of digital algorithms and analog circuitry that otherwise would not have been possible.

    Now, the unmatched time domain resolution, low noise digital processing and highly accurate analog circuitry of the Berkeley Audio Design Alpha DAC Reference Series 3 combine to provide unprecedented audio quality with all PCM and MQA recordings.

  • Alpha DAC Series 3 – A Breakthrough In Audio Quality And Value

    • The Alpha DAC Series 3 uses advanced technology from the award winning Alpha DAC Reference Series 3 to provide Reference Level Performance never available before at this price.

    • Compare the Alpha DAC Series 3 to any DAC at any price and hear its superior audio quality.

    • Excellent PCM audio quality from 32kHz to 192kHz

    • Excellent MQA Rendering quality to beyond 384kHz

    • Ultra-low phase noise conversion clocking

    • Outputs can connect directly to power amplifiers

    • All metal Series 3 IR Remote Control

    • Available with a Silver or Black front panel

  • The Alpha USB is an asynchronous High Speed USB Audio 2.0 to digital audio interface designed to provide the highest possible audio quality from computer and music server audio sources.

    The Alpha USB has a USB Audio 2.0 Standard input and switch selected digital audio output signal type, either coaxial SPDIF using a BNC connector or balanced AES using an XLR connector. Sampling rates up to 192 kHz and word lengths up to 24 bit are supported.

    Great care was taken in the design of the Alpha USB to isolate the noisy computer/USB environment from the digital audio output. The USB receiver and processing are powered by the computer, while the output master clocks and line drivers are powered by a separate isolated linear power supply. There is no DC connection and also a high degree of capacitive and inductive isolation between the USB input and the digital audio output.

    Two key factors combine to achieve the excellent audio performance of the Alpha USB; the unprecedented degree of electrical isolation between the USB input connection and the digital audio output and the very low noise/low jitter performance of the individually tested audio output master clocks.

  • Elegance. Finesse. Resolution. Grace.

    If ever Aristotle’s adage: “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts” is applicable in audio, it applies to AP20. And, given the quality and quantity of parts in this equation, that’s saying a lot. AP20 delivers unprecedented audio performance from an integrated amplifier. It includes the world’s best Class D amp modules in a dual-mono configuration, an analog R2R relay-based volume control and preamp section, Aurender’s best DAC, a master clock input, a headphone output, a suite of digital and analog inputs and outputs, and the most sophisticated linear power supply block Aurender has ever deployed. The result? An audio component that paints every musical timbre with full-bodied realism. With a delicate touch that's backed up by enormous headroom for transients and dynamic swings, AP20 drives even the most demanding speaker loads and casts a soundstage that is both expansive and laser-focused. All of this performance, with the heart of an Aurender.
  • The Stillpoints Aperture is the only acoustical product that will give you both absorption and diffusion at the first reflection points of a system. And you want both!
    • The Aperture’s unique trapping system captures an area of waveform much broader than its small surface area would suggest.
    • The Aperture can be used to trap waveforms either facing the wall or, facing away from the wall.
    • The Aperture effectively increases soundstage width and depth. This is especially true for smaller rooms. (See the Michael Fremer review in Stereophile, Feb 2016.)
    • The Aperture will increase the dimensional perspective of the image structure.
    • The Aperture focuses music and voice without room boundary.
    The Stillpoints Aperture will NOT:
    • Decrease or limit the dynamics of the system.
    • Diminish the power of the bass attack.
    • Unevenly control one frequency over another. (This is often the case with traditional room treatments)
    Choose from three “STANDARD” natural wood frame species: Oak, Cherry, & Walnut.
  • Utilizing the same design principles as the renowned QPod for front end equipment as well as the SPod and MPod for heavier speaker and amplifier loads, the APod is the ideal coupling mechanism for A-Series speakers as well as the S1 MkII. Based on the scientific design principles of Constrained Layer Damping, unwanted mechanical energy is dissipated away from the enclosure. Demonstrable results include increased dynamics, enhanced focus, greater resolution, and a closer representation of the original musical performance as it was intended during the recording process. The main structure of the APod is formed from multiple machined aluminum sections which when assembled form a vertical stack. A solid pure copper substrate center round is sandwiched by a top and bottom layer of aluminum that when compressed together facilitates the Constrained Layer Damping (CLD) function. The main structure of the SPod is formed from multiple machined aluminum sections which when assembled form a vertical stack. A solid pure copper substrate center round is sandwiched by a top and bottom layer of aluminum that when compressed together facilitates the Constrained Layer Damping (CLD) function.
  • An entertainment system unto itself.

    With the addition of several new features and connections, the Argo is almost an entertainment system unto itself. It accommodates four analog audio sources (two XLR, two RCA). Simply connect a pair of speakers and you have a complete music system. Or plug in a set of headphones and enjoy the sound of the Argo on a more intimate scale. All told, the Argo is something quite unprecedented in high-end audio: the incomparable quality of Constellation Audio, with the convenience of an A/V receiver.

    A perfectly balanced signal.

    From the Line Stage Gain Module, we route the perfectly balanced signals into our balanced bridged modular amplifier, built using the same single-ended 125-watt circuit module used in our state-of-the-art, 1,000-watt Hercules II monoblock amplifiers. These modules receive an abundant supply of clean power from our custom-wound toroidal transformer and substantial storage capacitors. The same distinctive (and highly effective) passive ventilation system used on the Hercules II and Centaur amps provides ample cooling.
  • Whether in music or movie soundtracks – the rhythmic beat of deep powerful bass resonates with our inner core and generates excitement levels that can raise goosebumps. The ASUB expands the sound dimension capabilities of the A5, A3, the A1 or any other speaker with thundering low-bass frequency reinforcement. The ASUB features a fully braced aluminum enclosure, ultra-stiff aluminum cone, internal power amplification, electronic crossover and DSP control center. A true Magico loudspeaker design offering superb performance with extensive control and uncompromised engineering deserving of the Magico M engraving. The ASUB enclosure shares principles of the QSUB architecture with 3/8”-thick 6061 T6 aluminum, innovative internal bracing and advanced damping materials which are developed and evaluated both in simulation using FEA software and physical testing to meet the uncompromising standards of Magico as it relates to rigidity, stability and minimum acoustical contribution. The ASUB is available in an elegant anodized black brushed aluminum finish.
  • WADAX has been improving D/A technology and performance for the last 10 years: lowering the noise floor, increasing temporal and detail resolution, reducing the ‘footprint’ left by digital artefacts in the recording. The result has brought digital playback closer to live performance than ever before. Fed back into our Fundamental Research Program, these performance improvements have revealed that, once the noise and error levels across the circuit blocks are reduced below a certain point – and in reaching that point, the original Atlantis DAC already surpasses all of the competition – the human auditory system becomes capable of far higher resolution, allowing us to perceive clocking errors, PSU interference and the effects of mechanical vibration that were always present but previously masked. The Atlantis REFERENCE DAC is our response to these findings, with lower levels of clock noise and significant improvements in PSU and mechanical isolation. The result is a masterpiece.

    The result is the most accurate and most musically satisfying DAC ever designed.

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