Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Antelope Audio Rubicon - World’s First Atomic AD-DA Preamp













Price around €25000

Rubicon is a 384 kHz converter, phono stage preamp and headphone amplifier with an integrated atomic clock.

Antelope Audio will introduce Rubicon, a groundbreaking 384 kHz digital audio preamplifier which integrates the world renowned 10M Rubidium atomic clock. Rubicon caters for the ever-increasing interest in high resolution audio, addressing the specific needs of high end consumer electronics enthusiasts for accurate audio representaion and detailed soundstage of both analog and digital recordings. The new device will be presented to the public during the Munich High End Show, May 3rd – 6th.

Rubicon is the first DAC to integrate a Rubidium atomic clock, which is 100,000 times more stable than a traditional crystal oscillator. Coupled with Antelope’s 64-bit Accoustically Focused  Clocking technology, the Rubidium achieves a breakthrough in jitter managment, improving the sound quality in an unprecedented way. The same technology is implemented in the company’s flagship master clocks.

Housed in a sturdy, machined-aluminum enclosure with a vintage Art Deco design, Rubicon incorporates a discrete phono preamp; ultra linear, dual stage headphone drivers and Antelope’s renowned gold-plated relay volume control.

The transformer-based, ultra-low noise, discrete JFET phono preamp is a complement that will be highly appreciated by many vinyl lovers.  In addition to the 384 kHz DAC, Rubicon also includes ultra-high sample rate  A/D conversion. These functionalities together with the high resolution USB recording capability provide the users with the sublime experience of digitizing their favorite tracks, still keeping the depth and the warmth of the original analog recordings.

In addition to the 384 kHz USB streaming, Rubicon offers extended flexibility and smooth user experience provided by the implemented DLNA capability. The DLNA streaming gives users the opportunity to wirelessly push audio files from their smart phone, PC or NAS (Network-attached storage) server and play the content through the high-sample rate DAC.

Rubicon features

10M Rubidium Atomic Clock, providing 100,000 times more accurate reference;
64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking jitter management technology;
Ultra low noise phono inputs with custom audio transformers, discrete JFET preamp design;
384kHz A/D & D/A converters;
Gold-plated stepped relay volume attenuator matched to 0.05dB for all volume levels;
Ultra-linear, dual stage headphone amps;
De-jittered audio S/PDIF output;
Custom USB 2.0 chip streaming up to 480 Mbits/384kHz with recording option;
DLNA streaming capabilities through an Ethernet interface


Analog Inputs

1x PHONO Input on RCA
3x Inputs on RCA
1x HiZ Input on RCA
1x Combo Balanced Input on XLR/¼ TRS

Analog Outputs
1x Balanced Output on XLR
1x Unbalanced Output on RCA

Digital Inputs

2x S/PDIF
2x TOSLINK
1x AES/EBU
Word Clock Input
Ethernet port
USB on standard B type connector

Digital Outputs
2x S/PDIF De-jittered outputs
USB on standard B type connector

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