Super Audio Center

Back to the Future: The Aura Note CD/Amp Completer

Back to the Future: The Aura Note CD/Amp Completer

Specifications:

Preamp & Power Amp Section

  • Input: AUX (RCA) x 1, USB-A x 1(for MP3, WMA, OGG file), USB-B x 1(for PC)
  • Output: Speaker and Headphone
  • Volume: Cirrus Logic CS3310 (0.001%THD, 116dB Dynamic range)
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz -25kHz (-0.5dB) Output: 50W + 50W (8 Ohms)
  • Power Amp: MosFet Single Ended Push Pull

CD/DAC

  • Type: Top loading mechanism
  • Media: CD / MP3 CD / USB Memory
  • D/A Conversion: Cirrus Logic CS4398, 120dB, 192kHz
  • Digital Filter: Proprietary 3rd order filter
  • Memory Buffer: RAM Buffer Playback 16MB SRAM
  • 10sec ESP

Tuner

  • Band: FM / AM
  • Preset: 20 Stations

USB

  • Decoder: Micronas USB CODEC
  • Playback Format: MP3 / WMA / OGG (UPTO 192K BPS) Recording Format: MP3 128K BPS (FIXED)
  • Playback File: 44.1kHz / 16bit -96kHz/24bit

Dimensions

  • Size: W278 x H84 x D278mm (W10.94 x H3.3 x D10.94 inch) Weight: 7kg (15.4lb. Net)
  • Power Consumption: 11W (standby), 30W (nominal), 200W (max)

Additional Features 

  • Credit Card Remote IEC/Detachable Power Cord Manufacturer: April Music of Korea
  • US Distributor for review: AV123.com
  • Price: $2350

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AES 117: Super Audio Center Launch and 24 Track Sonoma Debut at AES Conference

This week’s Audio Engineering Society Convention at San Francisco’s Moscone Center will see the formal launch of the new Super Audio Center in Boulder, Colorado. The Super Audio Center or “SAC” for short will be helmed by long-time DSD and SACD expert Gus Skinas. Also debuting at this week’s conference, which starts on Thursday, is the long-awaited 24 Track Sonoma DSD workstation.

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