Australian HIFI - - SOUNDBITES -

Aesthetix has re­leased its first in­te­grated am­pli­fier, a 150-watt per chan­nel hy­brid de­sign called the Mimas. A hy­brid de­sign with a valve in­put stage (us­ing 12AX7s) and a solid-state out­put stage, the Aesthetix Mimas is rated with an out­put power of 150-watts per chan­nel into 8 (300-watts per chan­nel into 4 ). In Aus­tralia, it’s be­ing dis­trib­uted by Ab­so­lute HiEnd.

In its ba­sic form, the Mimas of­fers only line-level ana­logue in­puts (five balanced and five sin­gle-ended, im­ple­mented as pairs, so you can only use one or the other for each of the five in­puts) but Aesthetix says users are able to op­tion in a DAC (with two coax­ial and two op­ti­cal SPDIF in­puts, plus a USB in­put ca­pa­ble of 24/352 PCM, DSD and DSD2 op­er­a­tion) and/or a phono stage with mov­ing-coil and mov­ing-mag­net fa­cil­i­ties. The Aesthetix Mimas has two line-level pream­pli­fier out­puts (one balanced, the other un­bal­anced) plus an on-board head­phone am­pli­fier, ac­cessed via a 6.35mm stereo phone socket on the front panel. Avail­able in ei­ther black or sil­ver fin­ishes, the Mimas mea­sures 434×449×140mm (WDH), weighs 18.6kg, and re­tails for around $10,000 (RRP) with­out the DAC or Phono Stage fit­ted. The DAC and Phono stage sell for around $1,500 each. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, please con­tact Ab­so­lute HiEnd on (04) 8877 7999 or visit the web­site at www.ab­so­lute­

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