ARIES CERAT TALOS REFERENCE VALVE PHONO AMPLIFIER
The long awaited, cost-no-object build Aries Cerat Talos Reference phono system is here !
Input Stage is a true differential design based on E280F super tubes.
The signal sourcing fom the cartridge is amplified as a perfect symmetrical signal, either RCA(floating) or XLR input is used.
Any noise picked anywhere in the signal chain,from the cart pins up to the phono preamplifier inputs, is rejected.
The second stage of a phono system is the RIAA equalization circuits.
Talos preamplifier could not use but the best possible RIAA equalization technique.
A constant Impendence transformer-coupled LRC RIAA equalization subsystem is used.
A small transformer loaded tube SET amplifier drives the RIAA transformer system,and the RIAA equalization curve is achieved within 0.2 db in the audible range, the ultra low constant impedance of the LCR circuit is virtually sonically transparent.
The third ( output) stage, is a transformer-coupled triode stage, using the E280F supertube.
A step-down transformer provides low output impedance, galvanic isolation and more than enough power (voltage and current) gain to drive any device in the market.
The power supply is implemented by 4 very high current tube rectifiers, with quad choke filtering.
All tube heaters are passively filtered by a six stage filter.
The small SET amplifier driving the LCR RIAA and the small SET output amplifier ,are powered by their separate PSUs.
The external power supply is connected to the main chassis via a heavy duty umbilical chord. This ensures complete magnetic separation between the power transformer and the eight signal transformers.
Talos Reference phono system is available to demo with VPI Avenger Reference turntable, with Dynavector flagship DV507mk2 tonearm and DV DRT XV-1t MC cartridge.