Salon HiFi 2011
Micromega, being French, loves Apple products and believes in the Apple ethos -- they adore their iPhones, iPods and iPads -- as demonstrated by last years AS-400 integrated amplifier, the first integrated amplifier to feature built-in Airstream for instant Apple AirPlay compatibility. CEO Didier Hamdi demonstrated the companys new high-end streamer, the ARIA AirDream (3500), with his iPad, playing through Micromega monoblocks and Avant Garde Uno horn speakers. The Apple hardcore are gonna love it, especially if theyve outgrown their B&W Zeppelins.
The ARIA AirDream uses nonmagnetic construction to avoid any WiFi signal interference; theres total separation of digital and analog sections using two different type of power supplies (R-Core transformer for the digital power supply and ACTS supply for the analog section); physical decoupling of both power supplies with rubber-mount studs; balanced and unbalanced audio outputs; an AES/EBU professional digital output; an RJ45 service connector for easy configuration of the Airport module; and a white backlit front panel with three luminosity levels. The D/A converter is completely new and does not use the Airport D/A converter; the new D/A chip is a Cirrus Logic CS4351 followed by discrete pure class-A JFET buffers developed specifically for this purpose. The D/A-converter section is on a separate PCB soldered to the shield of the Airport module to avoid any induced jitter when carrying high-speed signals.
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