In today’s marketplace, Metrum Acoustics is one of the most prominent manufacturers of Digital to Analogue Converters. We have experience in the field of audio dating back to 1989 and while then it was electrostatic technology that spread our brand name, we are still pushing forward with innovation.
The only difference is now we have a focus on electronics, even more specifically our non-oversampling digital circuits. While it is certainly DAC’s that made Metrum Acoustics to what we are today, we also have innovated amplification.
The Aurix by Metrum Acoustics is a headphone amplifier, and one not fast to be forgotten!
Only two FET transistors are in the signal path as an impedance converter ( source follower, no amplification ) and it is this property where a FET transistor can do an extremely good job and delivers a very high bandwidth having low noise and low distortion . The first Fet is used as an impedance converter to drive the step-up transformer. The second FET is used to drive the headphone. The circuits are running in full ” Class A ” so that a relatively large heat-sink is required to flow the heat .
Besides the amplifier part we have used a lot of electronics just for creating the right conditions for the amplifier part and protecting your headphone against subsonic , offsets , pops and clicks. The result is a sound that is mainly determined by the connected source.
During development it proved impossible not to make concessions if the designer would have utilized one of the already established techniques. Therefore this particular route was abandoned and a design was created where voltage gain is achieved via a so-called step-up transformer, instead of transistors or tubes. Only two FET transistors are utilized to convert the signal from the step-up transformer into power, which plays into the strength of these semiconductors.
By utilizing this method the Aurix has become a design free of concessions, where the integrity of the sound of tube-amps is combined with the compact practicality of the transistors, without any of their inherent flaws.
The Aurix is a 100% class A amplifier with a very high signal-to-noise ratio and almost no distortion. Because feedback has not been implemented in the design the Aurix has no degradation of the incoming signal in terms of dynamics and imaging.
In order to ensure the Aurix is flexible and applicable for most headphones it has two gain factors so that both low and high impedance headphones can be utilized. Aside from that the Aurix is equipped with two controllable analogue inputs that, in case no headphone is connected, can loop the signal back to your set. This allows the Aurix to be permanently installed in your Hi-FI-set without you ever having to switch the cables around!