All new beautiful Line Magnetic LM-126 with 15 watts and 42kg…
British brand Exposure Electronics has long been renowned for creating high-performance audio components with involving musical reality, yet with an affordable price tag. For high-end audio at mid-range prices, Exposure’s 3010S2 series is widely considered to be one of the best options on the market.
In January 2015, the brand released a new, enhanced ‘D’ edition of its highly successful 3010S2 integrated amplifier, which has just scooped the AV Tech Media Award for ‘Best Stereo Integrated Amplifier 2015/16’. Now the preamp has been given the same upgrade.
Like its predecessor, the new 3010S2-D preamplifier comes with six line level inputs. However, one of these is now a direct AV input to enable integration within a surround sound system. There is still the possibility to fit an optional MM or MC phonostage, which is now joined by the option of a plug-in DAC board. The latter is capable of up to 192/24 bit PCM and DSD 64, and comes with two inputs: USB and BNC, with auto-switching between them. A tape output is included as well as two main outputs to allow for easy bi-amping.
As is the case throughout the 3010S2 series, much attention has been paid to the circuit design in order to extract the best possible sound quality. The 3010S2-D now sports a brand new circuit board which has been remapped and features high quality relays for input selection to ensure the shortest possible signal path. There are no integrated circuits, as the signal path uses all discrete components including special high-quality capacitors. The new power supply includes a large custom-made torodial power transformer and adds extra stages of regulation for improved performance.
This all slots into an attractive, high quality aluminium casing with extruded front panel for improved resonance control and EMF screening. The overall build quality, fit and finish are excellent. Both the front and back panels are graced with clear ergonomics and simplicity in features, with a well laid-out and comprehensive remote control completing the package.
Zellaton SR1 speakers and Full CH Precision system including A1 mono's, L1 premplifier, C1 DAC and X1 Power Supplies.
Oliver Göbel, CEO and main developer at Göbel High End gives explains what is so special about their speakers and the unique Carbon Excellence Bending Wave Driver…
Epoque Fine is worldwide unique, most homogeneous, most precise and most realistic loudspeaker. With enormous frequency coverage of our Carbon Excellence Bending Wave Driver from 170 Hz till 31.000 Hz (which is over 7 octaves!), everything is reproduced from this single driver at one point and without a crossovers in this frequency range. So no phase shiftings and therefore really time coherent!
Most of all other loudspeakers use multiple driver arrangements with several crossover points to be able to cover this enormous frequency range, which amongst others always cause phase shiftings and therefore a non time coherent radiation.
Only below 170 Hz (which already correspond to a wave length of around 2 meter) the bass units are coming into the game. In order to also generate a perfectly smooth transition to the bass units, we positioned them only around 30 cm away from the Carbon Excellence Bending Wave Driver. So even 2 octaves above the crossover frequency the wave length is much bigger than the distance between the Carbon Excellence Bending Wave Driver and the bass units.
As the Carbon Excellence Bending Wave Driver has no enclosure and is open in the back, the exact ratio and position of the Carbon Excellence Bending wave Driver to the front and back radiating bass units was also very important in order to reach a perfectly smooth transition. Additionally through this open construction we avoid any compressions or colorations from the outset, which were caused by reflections of enclosures behind the drivers within this huge frequency range.
Thomas Mayer’s monthly pick for the tube of the month is Spheria. This small directly heated triode, almost art deco named tube was manufactured about 90 years ago. In its core its an equivalent or very close to the Telefunken RE074 and Philips Miniwatt A409…
S.I.N. Audio will reveal their all new PSD -10 Carbon Edition ultimate power distributor at the upcoming Bulgaria High-End Audio Show. Here is a sneak peek with more coming directly from the show...
Kostas Metaxas is fine-tuning some ideas for the new OPUS preamplifier, that will be launched in Munich High-End Audio Show in May 2016.