Aesthetix goes integrated

California high-end audio brands Aesthetix has finally launched its first integrated amplifier. The Mimas was four years in the making, and is aimed at discerning hi-fi and music fans who don’t have the budget for the brand’s top-flight models.

The stereo integrated amp features a hybrid design and delivers 150 watts per channel into 8 ohms, increasing to 280 watts/channel into 4 ohms. The pre-amp section employs a pair of 6922 valves per channel in a fully balanced configuration, and shares many circuit design details with the much vaunted Calypso pre-amp.

Similarly, the power amp section is related to the Aesthetix Atlas power amp. The power output section is fully discrete and DC-coupled, with zero feedback and a balanced bridge output design. It operates in Class AB.

In line with Aesthetix’s commitment to large, over-engineered and sophisticated power supplies, the Mimas uses seven fully regulated power supplies, while the 800VA power transformer is a bespoke design, manufactured in-house.

The Mimas offers five line-level analogue inputs in both balanced and single-ended configuration as standard, as well as a standard, upgradeable headphone amp. A modular, card-based approach allows a MM/MC phono stage or a 384 kHz/24-bit DAC to be included at added cost.

The pre-amp output can be used to hook up a subwoofer or a power amp, ensuring an upgrade path, while any of the inputs can be configured as a home theatre bypass input for convenient home cinema integration.

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