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Aesthetix Rhea To Rhea Signature Phonostage upgrade

code: AESTRHEA2RHEASIGUP
£3,165.96 (FREE UK Delivery)
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The Rhea phono stage, —the ultimate combination with the Aesthetix Calypso line stage, dedicating separate power supplies and chassis for line and phono functions.
 
Three individually configurable inputs, stunning quality and upgrade options make this one serious phono stage for the enthusiast.

The Rhea Signature version uses custom-made inter-stage Teflon hybrid coupling capacitors, replacing the polypropylene units, between the 2nd and 3rd, and 3rd and 4th, gain stages (4 total per channel). The change in these capacitors results in higher resolution, extension, less grain and more air.

The 2uF coupling capacitor between the 1st and 2nd gain stages is replaced with a 4uF Dynamicap by Peter Moncrief (1 per channel). This change removes grain and provides more openness, while also increasing bass dynamics and slam.

The 2uF output coupling capacitors (4 per channel) are also replaced with 4uF Dynamicaps. This change provides more drive, bass extension, resolution and dynamics while also reducing grain.

Highly specialized adjustable air-core capacitors, used primarily in the radio-frequency realm, are installed and adjusted to "tweak" each unit to a rigid standard.

The five rubber feet are replaced with Harmonic Resolutions Systems' Nimbus Couplers specially made for Aesthetix. This change results in a lower noise floor and more air and space.

The cost of these specialized parts alone is about 1/4 the manufacturing cost of a brand new unit! Any tubes that can be bettered by our special stock of graded and matched tubes are replaced. Any other improvements needed to make the unit current are installed, including software updates, etc. A new lens with "SIGNATURE" stenciled is installed. Each Signature unit undergoes rigorous test procedures and listening. 

Specifications of upgraded unit:

  • Inputs - 3 discrete phono inputs with RCA (SE) 
  • Gain Settings (selectable for each input) - 8 total; 75, 68, 62, 56, 50, 44, 38 dB, and off
  • Load Settings (selectable for each input) - 9 total: 47 K ohms, 10K, 5K, 2.5K, 1K, 500 ohms, 250, 125, and 75 ohms
  • Outputs - 2 RCA (SE) and 2 XLR (balanced)
  • Output Impedance - 1K ohms RCA (SE), 600 ohms XLR (balanced)
  • Front Panel Controls - phono input, mute, gain, loading, demagnetizer, and standby
  • Remote Controls - phono input, mute, gain, loading, demagnetizer, and standby
  • Frequency Eesponse - +- 0.25 dB, 20 Hz - 20 KHz
  • Signal To Noise - measured at 70 dB minimum A-weighted (ref 1 mv input, 75 dB gain setting)recommended load: 10 k ohms or greater
  • Tubes (each channel) - V1 & V2 (12AX7LP-factory graded low noise), V3 & V4 (12AX7 or equivalent) and V5 (6922)
  • Power Consumption - 20 watts standby, 100 watts active
  • Physical Dimensions - 4 3/8" high, 17 7/8" wide, 18" deep including jacks
  • Shipping Weight - 40 lbs

We endeavour to despatch same day (for orders placed up to 2pm) on available stock items to the vast majority of UK mainland addresses. Please remember to check with us first for a physical stock check if next day delivery is important to you.

UK ORDERS:  We despatch the bulk of our UK mainland items on a 24 hour service – Free of Charge.  Free delivery also applies to the Isle of Man, Isle of Wight, the Scilly Isles, the Scottish highlands and Islands, the Channel Islands and Northern Ireland but may take a day or so longer. Smaller items are delivered using Royal Mail recorded delivery or special delivery. Larger items are delivered using a courier service such as Interlink Express, DPD, UPS or DHL. 

INTERNATIONAL ORDERS: We offer competitive rates which can be confirmed by email. Please just ask – we will need a full delivery address and telephone number. Smaller items are delivered using Royal Mail Small Packets Airmail with International Tracked and/or Signed depending on value of item and availability of the service. Larger International shipments are sent by insured and tracked services using DPD, DHL or UPS. If there are any delays due to specific customs regulations, etc, you will be contacted by Hifisound or by the courier with a request for any further information required. Customs duties do not apply for shipments into any EU country (for a full list please refer to the EU Country List). Customs duties can apply for countries outside of the EU. Customers in these countries are responsible for all taxes and duties incurred when the items enter their country.

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