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Aries Cerat has re­leased its first in­te­grated am­pli­fier, the Genus, whose pream­pli­fier sec­tion is mod­elled on the com­pany’s Incito pream­pli­fier and uses a high transcon­duc­tance E280f beam tetrode in its in­put stage. The Aries Cerat Genus uses twin 813 RCA DHT out­put valves in its sin­gle-ended out­put stage, for which the com­pany claims a power out­put of 25-watts per chan­nel, a fre­quency re­sponse of 11Hz to 80kHz –3dB and a sig­nal-to-noise ra­tio of greater than 100dB un­weighted. Ac­cord­ing to Robert Camp­bell, of Pu­raSound, which dis­trib­utes Aries Cerat in Aus­tralia, the new Genus is trans­former cou­pled, with no ca­pac­i­tors, and uses no neg­a­tive feed­back at all, ei­ther lo­cal or global. ‘ The Genus is based on Con­cero Monoblocs and was tested run­ning the Con­tendo horn speaker sys­tem,’ he said. ‘ The Con­tendo is not the eas­i­est load and the Genus han­dles it well.’ Vol­ume con­trol is ac­com­plished via a re­sis­tor lad­der rather than a stan­dard po­ten­tiome­ter. The head­phone out­put has both high-im­ped­ance and low-im­ped­ance set­tings, and there are five sin­gle-ended line-level in­puts (via RCA) and one balanced in­put (via XLR). Man­u­fac­tured on the is­land of Cyprus in the Mediter­ranean, the Aries Cerat Genus mea­sures 520×530×280mm (WHD) and weighs 65kg. Avail­able now, the Aries Cerat Genus sells for $19,950 (RRP). For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, please con­tact Pu­raSound on (04) 0628 1051 or visit www.Pu­

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