Details at last of the new Antila II CD player and Tucana II stereo amplifier from Leema Audio. Both models have performance upgrades, and the amplifier gains extra functionality and flexibility.
The Antila II, which sells for £2735, uses the company's Active Differential Multi-DAC conversion, in which 20 24-bit/192kHz converters are employed to generate "a fully balanced signal entirely within the digital domain ensuring significantly reduced levels of noise and distortion".
To this is added an all-new output filter board, replacing several of the old player's surface-mount components with audiophile high-grade devices, and optimising circuit layout and component spacing.
Leema says this gives the player better detail and clarity, a lower noise floor and "improved spacial awareness".
The Tucana II amplifier, selling for £3425, draws on the design of the company's Atair IV mono power amp to give it similarly improved detail, dynamic range and clarity.
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It's a dual-mono design, using three power transformers – one for each channel and the third for the control circuitry.
New for the MkII version are a front-mounted MP3 input, a balanced input, headphone amplification, a balance control and direct input selection with individually adjustable gain for each input.
Both models are available now, and will be reviewed in the magazine very soon.