Gigawatt POWERPRIME is the first model from a new family of conditioners, which sets trends for future project concepts that will be gradually initiated in our following products.
POWERPRIME provides effective surge protection, and at the same time supplies the devices with clean, well-filtered energy. That makes it an essential part of every modern audio/video system.
All elements of the device are mounted in a new, rigid, steel/aluminum chassis, with a modular structure, which allows the outlets assembly in various standards. The housing is based on anti-vibration feet, which isolate the device of undesirable interference, coming from the ground.
The new design front panel, is made of a thick piece of aviation aluminum, the surface of which, after precise milling, is anodized in two color variants – black or silver. In the central part of the front there is a filter enable indicator.
The conditioner is also equipped with a system that indicates incorrect connection of the device to the mains. The red LED at the back, indicating the wrong polarity of the power supply, or incorrectly connected grounding or lack of grounding.
POWERPRIME is equipped with six power outlets G—040. Brass connectors are silver-plated, without the use of intermediate metals such as a copper or nickel layer, which could cause detrimental serial resistance and thus lower the voltage. Strong, stable connection, bigger connection surface and a thick layer of silver guarantee perfect contact with the plug pins. Additionally, the sockets are cryogenically processed and de-magnetized.
GigaWatt LC-1 EVO power cord, is the standard equipment of POWERPRIME.
POWERPRIME is based on the new architecture of the RLC filtering branch. The device does not have traditional protection elements, such as thermal or blow fuses, which throttled the free flow of the current, have a negative influence on the sound.
Surge protection is provided by a protection block integrated with the filter, equiped with plasma spark gaps and a new generation of UltraMOV varistors. These elements, in combination with a properly executed, modern electrical installation guarantee comprehensive protection against overvoltages and overcurrents.
The surge protection is provided by the overvoltage block integrated with a filter that contains plasma spark gaps, a new generation of UltraMOV varistors and a pre-filter. These elements, in conjunction with a properly made, modern electrical installation, guarantee comprehensive protection against overvoltages and overcurrents. Interference suppression is ensured by a filtering system that was built, among others, on Premium class interference suppression capacitors and IP filter cores (Iron Powder). The filter system is activated by an internal high-in-rush relay with silver contacts with a large surface area and a switching capacity of 4000VA.
All electronic components of the filter are mounted with silver solder on PCB’s with extremely wide conductive traces made of copper (total thickness of conductive layers is as much as 70 micrometers). Short connections and a very large cross-section of paths reduce the transition resistance and significantly increase the current carrying capacity of the entire filter.
The device uses a buffering system with a GigaWatt Audio Grade compensation battery, which increases the current efficiency at non-linear loads which are, for example, power amplifiers and reduces the difference between the power at the input and output of the conditioner. This allows for almost unlimited impulse possibilities, unheard of in other similar passive conditioners and unattainable for active power conditioners.
The internal wiring is based on GigaWatt Powerlink cables from OHFC copper with a cross-section of 4 QMM. The connection system in the star topology leads the current to the output sockets through a current distribution system based on massive third generation distribution bars made of polished, high-conductive copper (OHFC 10100 with a purity of 99.995%). The large cross-section of each rail (30QMM), high wiring conductivity and star star connection guarantee an even and stable distribution of power at each output socket – regardless of the load of the other outputs of the conditioner.
-DC Offset Blocker – the conditioner can be equipped with a circuit eliminating unwanted DC component of the power grid. This DC component is a very deteriorating phenomenon, which exists in almost all power grids. It results in the sinus wave of the alternating current become non-symmetrical (non-sinusoidal) and has negative impact on all devices using transformers. It causes their cores to become magnetized, what increases their noise, diminishes the efficiency of power supplies and lower sound quality as a result of those. The DC blocker allows to eliminate this phenomenon effectively, without causing any compression or any other negative influence on the sound
-Rolling-Ball Isolation System feet – The device can be equipped with a new kind of feet with a mechanism called Rolling-Ball Isolation System. This is an anti-vibration system comprised of two parts (external and internal) made from solid aluminum, with two runs with balls between them. The setup is to minimize the points of contact between the feet, and then the chassis of the conditioner and the rack, what in consequence translates into a significant reduction of mechanical vibration, which negatively impacts the internal elements of the conditioner, what in turn degrades its sound. Another isolation element, on which the whole construction is placed, is a proprietary elastomer, 5mm thick.
We are absolutely delighted to have our partners hard work and dedication recognized by these awards. Congratulations Innuos, aqua acoustic quality, Qualiton, Rethm, LinnenberG, GigaWatt, Swisscables & SGR!!!
We would also like to especially thank our esteemed partner Alma Music & Audio for bringing together Bergmann Audio and YG Acoustics to help us achieve this milestone.
“We are in the process of implementing a major re-work of our premium line of speakers ( Saadhana, Maarga and Trishna ) -- the first major change since the line was introduced several years ago. The cosmetic changes are significant but not "radical"....and they have only been made because of the changes implemented to substantially improve sound quality. The labyrinth of the wide-bander has undergone major modifications to increase lower midrange response. And we would not have done it if we did not feel the improvement was worth the effort.”
- Jacob George (Rethm)
Come hear the the new Maarga’s at AXPONA room 540, April 12-14. See you there!
“The Innuos Statement takes what the company did with the SE and goes considerably further in the quest to unearth maximum musical brilliance in any recording. I suspect that the more I use it the more I’ll hear, especially if paired with better conversion, amplification, and transduction. I am confident in saying that it has few – if any – peers in the network server field, which means that it is one of if not the best digital source you can buy today.” - Jason Kennedy
Full review here
- Reference D / A converter with integrated preamplifier
- 3x Femto Clocks with 80ps clock jitter for the 44.1kHz frequency group, the 48kHz frequency group and for the data buffer of the converter chip.
- Linear power supply, elaborately stabilized with discrete (constructed from single transistors) regulators and numerous post regulators. The result is operating voltages that are stable and independent of the mains supply working perfectly free from noise and interference. This results in ideal working conditions for the electronic circuits.
- ES9038PRO DAC chip with 4x the number of parallel connected DAC stages compared to ES9018 and ES9028PRO and with 32x number compared to the popular ES9028K2M chips. LinnenberG Elektronik is a registered user of ESS technology.
- Discrete I-U stage built from single transistors, allows the implementation of the requirements of the DAC chip on the frontier of physics. Almost all manufacturers rely on ready-made op (operational amplifier) solutions; Unfortunately, there is not a single component on the world market that is good enough. In Satie, therefore, the consistent pursuit of a discrete stages with impressive performance data and sound quality is pursued.
- Volume control via a passive relay resistor network with constant, low OUTPUT IMPEDANCE. This achieves the advantages of an active buffer stage without introducing additional noise and distortion.
Debuting at AXPONA, April 12-14 in room 1426.
Audio-Hungary's 2 x 100 W high-end tube power amplifier, Qualiton APX 200 offers even more features in 2019. After last year's minor developments - reworked front-end circuitry with direct and balanced inputs, analog autobias system for output tubes - Audio-Hungary's design team changed the autobias game with their brand new microprocessor-based approach. The new, state of the art circuitry offers stable and well defined quiscient current levels during operation - which are completely independent of the presence of the musical signals, even in push-pull, Class AB2 mode.
Further modification that the vacuum tube set had to be changed due to electrical safety rules. For this reason, you can find the following tubes under the hood, as a factory default: 4 x KT90EH (output), 2 x 6922EH (driver), 2 x 12AX7EH (input).
Refreshed biasing and new, octal tube sockets allow wide variety of the common octal base power tubes - such as KT88, KT90, KT120, KT150 or EL34 - to be used in the output stage. From user's perspective it means, that you can create a sort of your own sound, based on personal output tube preferences.
Owners of the previous APX 200 can feel really safe as long as tube replacements are concerned, the factory has enough stock to replace burned tubes in the next two decades.
“Perhaps more so than with many components, good NOS and filter-less/R2R DACS like the S3, the Audio Note’s, etc. have something different in their sound. Cheaply made bad ones just sound soft and mushy. But the good ones retain almost all the detail and precision you’d expect from a traditional well-measured filtering oversampling “modern” DAC architecture even as they tend in my experience toward a slight tonal warmth and delicacy.
After all, do I REALLY wanna know just how utterly shite that bootlegged Dylan gig from ’75 was? Yes I would; if I were re-mastering it. But to date no one has asked me to do so. As such, I am willing to sacrifice what I perceive to be some fine shavings off what can be the bitter bare bones truth of a recording for the sake of the greater musical enjoyment of all of the less than terrible ones.
Aqua’s S3 represents for me, if not a quantum leap forward from the already very musically consonant and good-at-what-it-did S2, a meaningfully, more well-rounded, improved version of same; adding to the former shades more heft, detail and dynamics as well as an improved way with timing. In other words, it’s faster, punchier and more fun!” - David Abramson/Stereo Times
Full review here
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We are thrilled to have the Innuos Zenith MKIII featured in this year’s CanJam preview video (37 minute mark)!
Stop by and visit the Innuos booth where we will be demoing our entire server lineup.
“Separation with this server is extraordinary, between instruments, voices, notes, you name it, it is nearly always possible to differentiate all of the sounds on a recording. Some music deliberately blurs these boundaries but where several or more musicians are playing lots of notes this clarity is a transformation, and the denser the music is the more obvious the benefits of the Statement’s ability to present it coherently. It opens up space both in imaging and timing terms, this is a quality you get with great turntables, an unfolding of the recording to make the time for the notes to form and trail away at whatever tempo they need to. This the Statement does with utmost ease and the better the accompanying streamer and or DAC the easier it is to appreciate. “
“The longer you let the Statement settle in the better it sounds, it’s like a Naim component in this respect, and by the end of the server’s far too short (month long) tenure I was getting seriously addicted to it. Whether streaming Ryley Walker on Tidal or Bugge Wesseltoft from the drive it has a beguiling transparency and openness that is dangerous to get used to, especially as it has inevitably to go back. The Statement is a more subtle source than most, its qualities are those of omission, it leaves out the distortion so that the music can come through. In this and all other respects this Innuos is a genuine state of the art component, put it on your ‘must hear’ bucket list straight away.“ - Jason Kennedy
“I’ve used the Aqua Acoustic Quality Formula xHD, both as a USB DAC and in tandem with the stunning Aqua La Diva transport, basically since the inception of SoundStage! Australia in July 2017. As such, I’ve heard it over the long haul with a wide variety of equipment and it never ceases to amaze – or to inspire the supporting cast. Its inherent neutrality, its refined and revealing nature makes the job easy – and very, very enjoyable. Staging and imaging are pinpoint (and natural), resolution is pinpoint, timing is to die for. Focus, insight and analysis are simply mesmerising. Even now, I have to turn the damn thing off to finish this review.
But if I had to sum it up, the xHD is serene. It has that uncanny sense of purity and natural ease, a stress-free listenability that simply gets me closer to the music, and this not merely for a digital component. The xHD is capable of resolving the finest dynamic gradations, the slightest nuance of a musician’s unique touch, pressure and feel in the most human and, therefore, analogue of ways. Musicians call it their tone. The Aqua gets this masterfully right…” - Peter Katsoolis, SoundStage Australia
Full review can be found here
We are very proud to have the Innuos Zenith MKIII, GigaWatt PF-2, and SGR HiFi Racks featured in this year’s Occasional Buyer’s Guide. Congratulations to each of these fine brands!
“From the word go, it was apparent that the La Voce delivers its sonic wares with a melodic, musically truthful intent and a confident coherence that allowed it to deliver its sonic wares with convincing, musical realism.
The sound was sleek and ear-friendly, boosted by a creaminess that infused the music with substance and texture.
The La Voce’s performance was marked by an easy accessibility and a seemingly relaxed delivery – but that shouldn’t be mistaken for a lack of pace or definition, of which there was plenty.
If anything, the Italian was able to extract a rich and exiting harvest of musical information that brought both the bold sonic vistas and the fine slivers of detail to the fore.
Perhaps the Aqua’s real secret is the way it contextualized the musical information, both temporally and spatially, resulting in a performance that was always alluring and arresting. Nor did the La Voce have to resort to hyperbole: instead, a quintessential truthfulness ensured both credibility and enjoyment.
The DAC’s staging was seamless and wide open, with a believable dimensionality that faithfully positioned the performers in a well-defined, three-dimensional sonic space. Both height and depth were clearly represented, but never at the expense of the music’s cohesion.
One could accuse the La Voce of having a slightly warm and rounded tonal signature, and it’s true that it never sounded coldly clinical. But while it did capture the richness of the music, the warmth and benevolence of the delivery never got in the way of its clarity of expression.”
- Deon Schoeman
Full review here
“It proposes things that are not available with power strips, above all reducing the background noise to such a low level that it seems that the sound is quieter. One slightly increases the volume which results in a more dynamic, more three-dimensional sound than without a conditioner. But it will be equally important that the bass gains weight and that its mid range gets clearer. And all this combined with the silky, pleasant treble. It offers a push for systems towards a more real, tangible, refined sound that every one of us dreams of - music lovers, fans and aficionados. RED Fingerprint.”