Aesthetix’s Saturn Series now arrives with new Eclipse edition upgrades including the use of new StealthCap capacitors, electrical upgrades including hand-tuned capacitors, matched output devices and distributed node film capacitor technology, new mechanical chassis isolation and power supply grounding
The Saturn Eclipse series incorporates numerous StealthCap capacitors in critical inter-stage and output coupling functions. Each capacitor is individually hand-crafted and tailored specifically for Aesthetix Eclipse.
The new Stealth Technology in the StealthCaps, “…dramatically reduces corrupting signal reflections in the capacitor plate,” said the company.
In the Eclipse editions of the Janus and Calypso preamplifiers, high-frequency tuning capacitors are installed and hand-adjusted to tailor the frequency response to a tight 0.1dB standard. The Eclipse edition of the Atlas power amplifier features matched-output devices, which serve to lower specific aspects of output stage distortion by as much as 40dB. In all editions of the Atlas, each bi-polar output device (16 per channel) receives its power supply through a copper bus bar design, “…reducing impedance compared to standard circuit board traces,” said the company. In the Eclipse edition, distributed node film capacitors are added at each output device.
In earlier editions of the Saturn Series, the transformers are mounted directly on the chassis with a layer of damping material separating them. In the Eclipse edition, the transformers are isolated from the chassis using specially designed isolation. Damping material is added at critical chassis points, particularly those with large surface areas.
Eclipse editions of the Rhea phonostage and Calypso and Janus preamplifiers receive a new power supply with, “…improvements in heat dissipation capability, overvoltage and spike protection,” said the company.
All Saturn Eclipse components now feature Harmonic Resolutions Systems‘ Nimbus Couplers made specially for Aesthetix, replacing the earlier four rubber feet.
The new power supply found in the Eclipse editions of the Rhea phonostage and Calypso and Janus preamplifiers has been refined by improving trace routing to further reduce extraneous noise.
Full details of the specific upgrades to each component can be found at www.aesthetix.net.
All components in the Saturn Eclipse Series are available now. Prices are
|Rhea Eclipse all-valve phonostage||£12,455|
|Calypso Eclipse linestage preamplifier||£12,455|
|Janus Eclipse full function preamplifier||£16,200|
|Atlas Eclipse power amplifier||£ 18,700|
|Atlas Eclipse mono power amplifier (pair)||£ 31,190|
|Pandora Eclipse DAC||£14,950|
|Romulus Eclipse DAC/CD Player||£16,200|
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