In 2010, audio industry veterans Alex Rosson of Audez’e, Vinnie Rossi of Red Wine Audio and Ken Ball of ALO Audio, set out to design and build a world-class headphone system. The result is the Audez’e Edition headphone amplifier system ($3590 US) which includes Audez’e LCD-2 headphones, the Red Wine Audio Audez’e Edition amplifier with DAC, ALO Audio’s new Audez’e Cable and a custom carrying case.
The Audez’e Edition amplifier/DAC is designed and voiced using Audez’e headphones and ALO Audio’s new 4-Pin Balanced Audez’e Cable. A balanced output stage drives the headphones for optimal performance while the entire unit gets power from an LFP battery. The DAC features the Isabellina Pro DAC with 24-bit/192kHz Wolfson or NOS Red Book 16-bit/44.1kHz non-oversampling playback at the flip of a switch. The DAC supports three types of digital connections that includes USB, S/PDIF coax via RCA and optical via TosLink. The USB input converts directly to I2S, eliminating the need for S/PDIF conversion. For the analog amplification, a built-in 6922/E88CC dual triode tube stage feeds rear-panel RCA outputs. And included 12Vdc output jack allows users to select products like Wadia i170, Pure i20 and others off AC power, letting these devices to harness the benefits of LFP battery power.
ABOUT AUDEZ’E EDITION AMP / DAC
> First ever headphone amplifier to carry the Audez’e name
> Designed and voiced using Audez’e headphones and ALO Audio’s new 4-Pin Balanced Audez’e Cable
> Delivers stunning dynamics, fine resolution of detail, a lifelike soundstage and seductively natural timbre & tone
> Features a new balanced output stage, for optimal performance
>Runs on LFP battery power, so listening sessions can be easily transported to the patio or work
> Includes remote volume control for added convenience
>Included Isabellina Pro DAC offers choice of high-resolution (24/192k) or NOS Red Book playback, with the flip of a switch
>DAC supports 3 types of digital connections (USB, Coaxial, and Optical)
>USB input converts directly to I2S, eliminating the need for S/PDIF conversion, a sound-degrading step found in many USB implementations
>USB input provides “galvanic isolation,” meaning it isolates your computer’s power bus from the internal DAC chip – an innovation that prevents computer noise from degrading the sound you hear
Unit Doubles as external DAC
> Tube-stage also feeds rear-panel RCA outputs, so DAC’s output can be sent to other systems
> Simply add an interconnect cable and unit functions as an Isaebellina Pro
> Take your entire headphone system off-the-grid!
> Included 12Vdc output jack allows you to take select products like Wadia i170, Pure i20 and others off AC power, letting you to harness the benefits of LFP battery-power for your entire headphone rig
For more info, please visit www.redwineaudio.com