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ABOUT US

Etalon Sound presents a technological breakthrough, based on a symbiosis of perfected technologies of the past and the present innovations. We produce everything you need to realize your dream of an ideal sound: dreamdac, trueamp amplifer, metropolitan and mariinsky acoustic systems. The quality of our equipment is guaranteed by the only possible objective method of the sound evaluation. 

Our philosophy says a low frequency amplifer should be only balanced. It involves an international conductor, who himself creates live music and is an impartial sound quality connoisseur. We believe, that only the one, who listens to live music day after
day with all its fullness and sound variety, can judge the sound quality of this or that audio system. The orchestra conductor hears every instrument, every shade and nuance during the concert, and it is him, who is the most objective in assessing the sound reproduction. To get an unprecedented assessment, which can really be trusted, we invited not just an experienced and famous, but one of the most celebrated conductors of our time.

Perfection: DREAMDAC


 

  • PLD-based USB module with a new algorithm for I2S signal shaping
  • High-precision clock generator (femto clock) and data buffer
  • Fully balanced circuitry, from R2R-arrays up to the output stages
  • Twelve R2R-arrays, six in each channel
  • Ability to work without a preamp; Synchronous volume control
    of a new type
  • A new algorithm for low amplitude signals processing
  • Galvanic decoupling between analogue and digital circuits
    of the converter
  • Connections and winding elements (transformers, coils etc.)
    are made with True Symmetry wire
  • Power supply with Double Ring wire capacitors
  • High-class component sincl. Neutrik sockets and custom-made
    high-precision wire resistors
  • Cabinet with high dumping properties; It’s milled out
    of a single aluminum block
  • Remote control and touch screen controls


Digital inputs:
  • Coax: 1xRCA (S/PDIF) 1xXLR (AES/EBU): 24bit 44.1-192k PCM
  • True USB Converter (TUC USB):16bit 44.1-192k PCM
  • USB: 24bit 44.1-384k PCM
  • 2x Optical (Toslink): 24bit 44.1-192k PCM
Analog outputs:
  • XLR and RCA unbalanced analog stereo outputs
  • XLR balanced direct Super R2R matrix analog stereo output
Headphone output:
  • 4 pin XLR balanced
  • 6.3mm / 1/4″stereo jack unbalanced
  • Outputs characteristics: THD+N: 0.003% or 90 dB
  • XLR balanced max. voltage: 6.4Vpp(SE); 12.8Vpp(XLR)
 Miscellaneous:
  • 3 control switches
  • IR remote control
  • Dimensions: 464 x 293 x 97 mm
  • Weight (net): 6.6 Kg

Here we comment in brief

A normal (unbalanced) signal is transmitted by two conductors. One is a signal conductor, the other is a ground one. This signaling method is diferent by mplementation simplicity, but it cannot withstand interferences. In contrast, a balanced signal uses three conductors: two signal conductors (direct and inverse), and one ground. As the result of subtracting from the direct signal of the inverse one, the phase interferences, induced on such a line, are compensated, and the useful signal is increased in amplitude twice. That is why a balanced connection has two main advantages: the ability to transmit signals over long distances (200 meters or more) and increased interferences immunity. These features of the balanced connection explain its use in professional and consumer audio equipment of high class.

A third advantage is much less known: balanced circuit can significantly reduce the harmonic distortion In a properly assembled balanced amplifer circuit harmonics can be reduced of 10, and using specially selected elements – up to 100 times! We know, that many manufacturers use a symmetric XLR interface. However, upon closer inspection, it often turns out that it is rather a formality. And the components, declared to be balanced, substantially are not. The existence of balanced inputs and outputs does not guarantee that the scheme located within is balanced. Rather often after the input the signal is converted from balanced to unbalanced, amplified or somehow still treated by the asymmetric circuit and before the output is converted again – from unbalanced to balanced. As a result, this approach negates all the advantages of a balanced circuit design.It should be noted that not only amplifiers, but all components, manufactured by Etalon Sound – DAC, TRUEAMP and others – are of balanced circuit.

trueamp

 
  • Fully balanced circuitry from input to output
  • Circuit without a common feedback
  • Field MOSFET-transistors
  • Interconnection and winding elements are True Symmetry wires
  • Power supply with wire condensers Double Ring
  • High-quality electronic components, including connectors WBT and Neutrik
  • Housing with high damping properties
  • Manual assembly, testing and tuning

 

  • Monoblock TrueMono 200: 200 W output power
  • Monoblock TrueMono 400: 400 W output power

SET

You can buy separately any Etalon Sound audio component you are interested in. However, to realize all the ideas embodied in our equipment, you ought to have a complete set. 

We ensure that the quality of the sound with our audio set is fully consistent with declared high level. Within other audio systems it is dificult to achieve a proper matching of components. And components need to comply for proper operation of the equipment. For example, our amplifers are fully compatible with speakers, and the input of the amplifer, in turn, is agreed to the sound source – DAC. 

acustic
metropolitan

METROPOLITAN


 
  • 3-way speaker closed type
  • 3 separate housing with different acoustic design
  • 4 dynamic speakers
  • A special crossover design
  • Internal wiring is made by symmetrized litz wire True Symmetry
  • In separation filters are used the Double Ring capacitors
  • Veneer finish (precious tree species)
  • Manual assembly, testing and tuning


  • Recommended amplifier power: 400-1000 W;
  • Two low frequencies speakers 12′, one mid frequency 8′ and one high frequency 4′
  • Sensitivity: 93 dB
  • Nominal impedance: 4 ohms
  • Dimensions (HxWxD): 2056 x 400 x 500 mm
  • Weight of one AS: 118 kg
mariinsky

MARIINSKY



  • 3-way speakers closed type
  • 4 dynamic speakers
  • Separation filters of the first order
  • Internal wiring in litz
  • Connectable with SUPERTWEETER unit
  • Veneer finish (precious tree species)
  • Manual assembly, testing and tuning


  • Recommended amplifier power: 100-400 W
  • Three bass / midrange 8″ and one high frequency 4″ drivers
  • Sensitivity: 93 dB
  • Nominal impedance: 6 ohms
  • Dimensions (HxWxD): 1450 x 270 x 430 mm
  • Weight of one AS: 75 kg
maestro

Our expert is maestro Jader Bignamini,
the assistant of Riccardo Chailly:

“My work is to understand and to convey the composer’s intention. My pleasure is in the beauty of the orchestra sounding. I can reach it during the performance. But it is very hard to pass it to listeners outside the hall. After “Manon Lescaut” rehearsal at the Bolshoi Theater, I was asked to evaluate the opera recording. I really liked the naturalness of the sound and the sense of presence in the hall. I again felt myself behind the conductor’s panel at the Bolshoi Theater. Thanks to Etalon Sound equipment I have the opportunity to visit any theater in the world. Now all the brightness of emotions from live music is available to you with the sound quality of Etalon Sound.”

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Telephone

+44 (0) 208 133 3892 (UK, London)
+7 (916) 302 08 87 (Russia, Moscow)

Adress

UK, London, Kensington and Chelsea
Russia, Moscow, Electrozavodskaya str., 21

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