Aesthetix Rhea Signature Phono Stage

Code: AEST-RHEA-SIG
  • £10,595.00
  • (FREE UK Delivery)
| Usually dispatched within 24 hours
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The Aesthetix Rhea Signature version uses custom-made inter-stage Teflon hybrid coupling capacitors, replacing the polypropylene units, between the 2nd and 3rd, and 3rd and 4th, gain stages (4 total per channel).

Key Features:

  • Three RCA inputs.
  • Each input has its own gain and loading setting that is saved even when in standby mode or the unit is turned off.
  • Zero feedback.
  • 40-75dB gain maximum, selectable via front panel or remote control.
  • 9 MC loading settings: 75-47,000 ohms, selectable via front panel or remote control.
  • Remote control of gain, loading, input switching, mute, and demagnetizer.
  • Built-in MC cartridge demagnetizer.
  • Two sets of XLR and two sets of RCA outputs per channel.
  • All tube amplification and output (10 tubes total).
  • Full function remote included.
  • Available in black or silver faceplate.
The change in these capacitors results in higher resolution, extension, less grain and more air. The 2uF coupling capacitor between the 1st and 2nd gain stages is replaced with a 4uF Dynamicap by Peter Moncrief (1 per channel). This change removes grain and provides more openness, while also increasing bass dynamics and slam. The 2uF output coupling capacitors (4 per channel) are also replaced with 4uF Dynamicaps. This change provides more drive, bass extension, resolution and dynamics while also reducing grain. Highly specialized adjustable air-core capacitors, used primarily in the radio-frequency realm, are installed and adjusted to "tweek" each unit to a rigid standard.
 
The five rubber feet are replaced with Harmonic Resolutions Systems' Nimbus Couplers specially made for Aesthetix (Earlier Signature Saturn pieces did not incorporate this, please contact Aesthetix for this free upgrade if you have an earlier Signature piece without the Nimbus Couplers). This change results in a lower noise floor and more air and space. The cost of these specialized parts alone is about 1/4 the manufacturing cost of a brand new unit! Any tubes that can be bettered by our special stock of graded and matched tubes are replaced. Any other improvements needed to make the unit current are installed, including software updates, etc. A new lens with "SIGNATURE" stenciled is installed. Each Signature unit undergoes rigorous test procedures and listening.
 
Technical Specifications:
  • Inputs: 3 discrete phono inputs with RCA (SE)
  • Gain settings (selectable for each input): 8 total; 75, 68, 62, 56, 50, 44, 38 dB, and off
  • Load settings (selectable for each input): 9 total: 47 K ohms, 10K, 5K, 2.5K, 1K, 500 ohms, 250, 125, and 75 ohms
  • Outputs: 2 RCA (SE) and 2 XLR (balanced)
  • Output impedence: 1K ohms RCA (SE), 600 ohms XLR (balanced)
  • Front panel controls: phono input, mute, gain, loading, demagnetizer, and standby
  • Remote controls: phono input, mute, gain, loading, demagnetizer, and standby
  • Frequency response: +- 0.25 dB, 20 Hz - 20 KHz
  • Signal to noise: measured at 70 dB minimum A-weighted (ref 1 mv input, 75 dB gain setting)
  • Recommended load: 10 k ohms or greater
  • Tubes (each channel): V1 & V2 (12AX7LP-factory graded low noise), V3 & V4 (12AX7 or equivalent) and V5 (6922)
  • Power consumption: 20 watts standby, 100 watts active
  • Physical dimensions: 4 3/8" high, 17 7/8" wide, 18" deep including jacks
  • Shipping weight: 40 lbs

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