AX1 is the integrated amplifier of the Smart Line.
The aim of our R&D team was the following : achieving an integrated amp focusing on the sound quality, which will satisfy the most demanding audiophile people but controling its price. The aim was achieved without any concession about performance, choice of components, connections, design or manufacturing quality. With AX1, nothing was left to chance, it was a high and absolute quality standards !
This is the best for ergonomics. Inside, each space is used cleverly ( judiciously), without settling of the different elements.The power stages, composed of a bipolar transistors push-pull by channel, are supplied by a toroidal transformer of 350 VA, the voltage is rectified and filtered by 2 x 6800 uF under 50 volts. A second power supply feeds the lower-power components, as the DAC Wolfson WM8740, prior to a receive interface Asahi Kasei AK4111. The AX1 can convert the PCM till 192 kHz under 24 bits.
We minimize the power of our integrated amp to 2x45Watts on 8 Ohms or 2X65 W on 4 Ohms, but no problem at all to play with low or modest sensitivy speakers.At the low frequencies level, there is no lack neither in terms of strongness nor in terms of precision (detail). We have succeeded in creating a balance between the presence of the low-frequency spectrum and a sufficient tension without feeling ponderous.Advance draws the needed energy in order to give the dynamics for all the musical tracks without any restriction.
The AX1 provides connectors as the best you find in normal size amps. It’s up to you : analog inputs : unbalanced with Cinch connectors as 1 phono, 1 Balanced XLR, S/PDIF digital inputs : 3 Toslink opticals and 1 coax with Cinch, 1 bluetooth input : via a specific adapter on HE10 connector, analog line outputs : 1 unbalanced with Cinch and 1 balanced with XLR ( Pre Out), 1 unbalanced line (Rec Out).
The AX1 comes with an IR remote control.
POWER OUTPUT 8 ohms 2x45W
POWER OUTPUT 4 ohms 2x65W
FREQUENCY RESPONSE (-3dB) 10Hz-50kHz
TONE CONTROL +/- 10 dB
DISTORSION < 0,03%
S/N RATIO > 98 dB
CHANNEL SEPARATION > 70 dB
INPUT IMPEDANCE 47KΩ
INPUT IMPEDANCE PHONO 47KΩ
DIR DIGITAL AUDIO AKM AK4113 24Bits/up to 216kHz
DAC WOLFSON WM8740
IN LEVEL (CD/AUX...) < 300mV
IN LEVEL AMPLIFIER < 1,1V
INPUT LEVEL PHONO MM 2,5mV
AC INPUT 115-230V
POWER CONSUMPTION MAX <350W
DIMENSIONS H.133 x l.230 x D.325/305mm
NET WEIGHT / GROSS WEIGHT 6,1kg 6,7kg