"Unconventional State of the Art Audio Components Delivering Never Heard Before Reproduced Music Performance"
Ares Modular Audiophile System
A single chassis audiophile system with
the sound you want and the features you need.
ARES is not just an integrated amplifier with digital inputs.
It is a complete solution for your home audio needs,
just add speakers.
ARES features two true mono power amplifiers with independent power supplies and transformers based on a new concept in solid state amplification using a non switching output stage arrangement isolated by a single ended buffer delivering Class A liquidity and texture without the associated heat.
The absence of global feedback and the use of regulated supplies of the drivers contributes to the the exemplary transparency and speed.
It is a true Thrax sonic signature product. In its most basic configuration ARES could be used as a power amplifier in an existing system.
The amplification modules are fed trough a 4 input fully balanced relay based selector and switched resistor volume control board.
Phono Preamplifier with LCR RIAA equalizer
Built-in step up transformer
Programmable gain and loading
Accepts both balanced and unbalanced input signals on RCA and XLR connectors
Switches ground plane with input selection preventing ground loops
Balanced and unbalanced output
Programmable ground arrangement for large systems
Programmable absolute phase per input
Choke input rectifier for lowest switching noise
Shunt regulated constant current PSU for lowest noise and best dynamic behaviour
Interlocking solid aluminium chassis
Lyra is a unique 2-way speaker system
Loudspeakers are the final component in the reproduction chain. You will hear all kinds of opinions on the importance of loudspeakers in the replay chain pitched by gurus around the globe. Most leaning on the fact that loudspeakers don’t measure very well. They all have considerably high harmonic distortion, limited bandwidth and frequency nonlinearity. Those are the parameters that are easily measured even by amateurs. Other, just as important parameters, are directivity, stored energy, time alignment, those are discussed by connoisseurs and by marketing people and require a higher level of equipment and knowledge to identify.
Things like signal to noise ratio (yes speakers have signal to noise!), break up behaviour, diffraction interference and others are discussed only among people with true experience and understanding. To measure those you need special jigs and equipment that is usually purpose-built.
Listing all those shortcomings in a speaker would make you wonder how does it even work and yet when you are comparing 2 DACs with 100 times better specification and measured performance on the obviously imperfect speakers you can clearly hear the difference between the DACs. All arguments that speakers have the most audible artefacts of all components in the signal chain are true, but it does not make the faults of the supply chain go away. The speaker-induced artefacts are of a different character.
Being simple devices the computer models used to predict their behaviour are quite accurate. Very often to simplify description the more complex behaviour is generalised and many things are assumed. In those assumptions the errors start to accumulate until they prevail and the predicted result differs significantly from the measured or intended.
The speaker system features an uncommonly high sensitivity of 90db making it usable with lower power amplifiers or in very big rooms while bass extension is generous considering the size of the speaker and its efficiency. It sustains severe levels of abuse without giving in.
Tweeters – after exploring the vast array of available dome, cone, ribbon, AMT (Air Motion Transformer) and bullet tweeters, all offering exceptional sound quality and frequency extension, something didn’t sound quite right. Our research led to the fact that although some tweeters do fine at high frequencies they are a disaster as soon as they are asked to play high mids at some realistic level. The unit used in the Lyra is a custom designed low compression ratio ring diaphragm driver loaded with a proprietary waveguide, allowing it to reach under 1500Hz effortlessly with an order of magnitude better performance than industry standard units.
- Impedance 4Ω
- Max Power Handling 250W
- Sensitivity 90db Frequency band
- 34~20 000Hz
- Weight 35 Kg Dimensions 210W x 385D x 520H mm