(Editorial note: Earlier this month the AVguide news desk received word from Parker, CO-based Aaudio Imports that the firm would be importing a series of “affordable, high-value” amplifiers and a new preamp from the German firm Aaron. Below, we provide the text of the Aaudio/Aaron press release, along with images of the products.).
PARKER, CO, July, 2010 — Aaudio Imports, a leading supplier of world class high-end audio products, introduces into the U.S. market a family of four exceptional high-value amplifiers and a preamplifier by Aaron of Germany, a company dedicated to the needs of serious music lovers. Audio Imports’ Aaron Series includes the two-channel No. 1.a Integrated High-End Amplifier, the two- channel No. 3 Millennium Stereo High End Amplifier, the No. 33 Cineast Three-Channel High-End Amplifier, the XX Anniversary Integrated High-End Amplifier, and the No. 22 Cineast Multi- Channel High End Preamplifier.
The amplifiers and preamp all deliver extraordinary musical performance at a level that engages listeners with their accuracy and emotional impact. They extract from speakers a quality of sound that’s highly focused, dynamic and transparent, revealing music’s most subtle nuances. Powerful yet precise, their sound comes across as well-balanced and highly resolved, with both depth and scale. The company uses top components and hand machines the polished, brushed aluminum chassis in-house at its German manufacturing plant.
Affordably priced between $3,200 and $5,500, the Aaron Series amps and preamp possess incredible high-fidelity for their class. They are as good or better than comparably priced components, and compete favorably with components many times their cost.
Aaron Series components are also manufactured to conform to emerging new Green Market standards. All the components comply with the Restriction on Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive, an international environmental initiative for reducing the use of lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, and flame-retarding polybrominated biphenyls and polybrominated diphenyl ether in electronic equipment.
The No. 1.a Integrated High-End Amplifier is designed to exceed audiophiles’ highest expectations. Successor to Aaron’s legendary, long-running No. 1 Amplifier, the No. 1.a delivers 95 watts continuous power to each of two channels at 8 ohms, 160 watts at 4 ohms, and 250 watts at 2 ohms. The total harmonic distortion (THD) is an ultra low 0.0127 percent at 8 ohms.
The front panel includes an Input selector, a 64-step Volume dial with a Standby function, and a blue two-line LCD display. The rear panel includes six sets of gold-plated RCA inputs, a tape output, a processor loop, a preamp output that makes it possible to connect an additional amplifier for bi-amping, and a set of speaker connectors that accept spades, banana plugs or bare wire. An infrared remote control milled from a single block of aluminum is also supplied. The No. 1.a is available in brushed aluminum in Aaron silver or in a handsome night-black shade, with other colors available at an additional charge. The suggested price is $5,500 (US MSRP).
No. 3 Millennium Amplifier
The No. 3 Millennium Stereo High-End Amplifier is designed for power, control and precision, delivering music with the impressive dynamics and the natural feel of a live concert. It helps speakers attain their optimal performance so that listeners enjoying the music of small ensembles, such as chamber and jazz quartets, or large orchestras and rock events, will find themselves transported into the actual experience.
The amplifier delivers 100 watts continuous power to each of two channels at 8 ohms, 180 watts at 4 ohms, 320 watts at 2 ohms, and 550 watts at 1 ohm. The THD is an ultra low 0.0087 percent at 8 ohms. The No. 3 Millennium is available in brushed aluminum in Aaron silver or in a handsome night-black shade, with other colors available at an additional charge. The suggested price is $3,950 (US MSRP).