|POWER||215 watts [email protected]Ω | 120 watts [email protected]Ω|
|AMPLIFIER||Class D ICEpower 200AS2|
|PREAMP||Class A Mu-follower, JJ ECC99 tubes [12BH7 compatible]|
|INPUT VOLTAGE||120-240 V | 50-60 Hz [factory set via dongle]|
|3 ANALOG INPUTS||1 x Vinyl in (MM)
2 x RCA in
|2 DIGITAL INPUTS||1 x TOSLINK optical input
1 x S/PDIF coax
|1 WIRELESS INPUT||aptX HD Bluetooth | AAC on iOS|
|DAC||ESS 9018K2M DAC | 192KHz-32bit|
|HEADPHONES OUTPUT||1 x 1/8″ (3.5mm)
|SPEAKER OUTPUT||1 x speaker pair: 5 way binding post|
(L x D x H)
|14.25″ x 8″ x 3″
360mm x 204mm x 75mm
|WEIGHT||12 pounds | 5.4 kilos|
|INCLUDED ACCESSORIES||-Power cord
MK2 Upgrades from MK1
Tube Preamp: redesigned to operate at double the voltage, the new preamp has a similar sound signature to MK1 while minimizing gain variability from tubes.
Tube Life Saver: MK2 automatically shuts-off after 30 minutes of silence.
Headphone amp: rebuilt around the TI OPA1622 chip, the MK2 headphone amp has better dynamics and higher gain ([email protected]Ω).
Coax input: new this year, a coax input with sample rate of [email protected]
Bluetooth input: featuring AptX HD encoding, the module has better range and is 5.1 BT compliant.
Phonostage: upgraded capacitors. Comes with high gain jumpers for low-output MM cartridges (2.5mV).
Switchable Pre/Line Output: the pre out can be switched to a max output line out. Both signal paths pass through the tube preamp.
Volume: volume control has 4 times the resolution of the previous generation, resulting in finer increments. The 30dB increase in attenuation means a lower minimum volume.
240V Volt Models: While 240V stock was problematic in the past, we’ve now solved this issue using new wiring harnesses that can configure any amp as 120V or 240V (These harnesses will be made available for sale, should you choose to move to a country with a different power grid).
Chassis: MK1 was made using an off-the-shelf T6061 alloy aluminum profile. MK2 is machined using our proprietary profile, made of T6063 aluminum. The T6063 alloy has better heat dissipation, thermal conductivity, corrosion resistance and surface finish. But most importantly, the profile production is subject to our own more exacting manufacturing tolerances.
The inner chassis and backpanel are made of stainless steel (same as MK1.5), with the speaker posts spread out horizontally to better accommodate bigger wires and spade connectors.
Pretty much everything has had a design “nip and tuck”. I’ll leave out the nerdy bits and point to the obvious: the tubes’ logos align to the front; the remote receiver is centred with the tubes; profile thickness is consistent all-around.