A trio of new amps on the way from Leema Acoustics
There's a trio of new products on the way from Leema Acoustics, due out in January 2009: the Pyxis preamp (pictured), Altair power amp and Agena phono stage.
They're all part of Leema's Reference series, designed to deliver state-of-the-art performance. The Pyxis preamp (£3995) has single-ended and balanced analogue inputs, an optional built-in MM/MC phono stage and digital inputs for use with digital sources such as computer hard drives.
The Pyxis also has LIPS (Leema Intelligent Protocol System) outputs to feed Leema power amplifiers with a full level signal so that the corresponding volume is set at the input stage of the power amplifier.
"This ensures maximum signal-to noise ratio and resolution of the audio signal even when listening at very low volumes," says Leema.
Leema's matching Altair mono power amplifier (£8495) delivers 550W RMS at 8 ohms, incorporates LIPS technology like the Pyxis, has two sets of WBT NextGen speaker outputs for biwiring and balanced and single-ended inputs.
And for those who want to make the most of their vinyl, there's the £2995 Agena phono stage. It has fully adjustable inputs, each with two separate head-shell settings to allow precise matching for up to six phono cartridges.
The Agena is configurable for MM or MC phono cartridges, has single-ended RCA and fully balanced XLR outputs, while an analogue-to-digital converter feeding USB and SPDIF digital outputs.
Other user features include mono, mute, high and low frequency filters, and a sleep mode which turns off all processing and display circuitry to ensure optimum sound quality.