Marquis Preamplifier + Headphone Amplifier
No-one could ever accuse Kostas Metaxas of creating something boring. Yet again, this eccentric artist presents us with his unique take on a very utilitarian subject — the headphone amplifier. The Marquis “Memento Mori” is a sublime, minimalist Preamplifier + Headphone amplifier “sculpture” designed for music-loving audiophiles who require few functions but insist on the purest sound.
Memento mori means "remember that you must die" in Latin. For men living in antiquity all the way up until the beginning of the 20th century, death was seen as a motivator to live a good, meaningful, and virtuous life. It served to remind us of our own mortality, of our mistakes and failures and of the shortness and fragility of human life. Memento mori "objects of art" compel us to meditate on the meaning of life.
The Marquis borrows from over 25 years of concert recording experience with serious headphone monitoring to produce an amplifier with unparalleled transparency and effortless realism. Like all Metaxas amplifiers, the CNC-machined "head block" is meticulously finished.
As well as a dedicated headphone amplifier and headphone stand, the Marquis also can be used as a minimalist preamplifier with a choice of 3 line-level inputs [RCA connectors] and a set of RCA outputs to connect to a power amplifier to drive a pair of speakers. The solid CNC-machined base encloses the power supply to keep all stray RFI and noise from the delicate low-level signal stages, but also can be offered with optional "battery-pack" so that you can use the Marquis for over 5 hours before needing a recharge.
- ColorsBlack, Red
8"L x 8"W x 10"H
— Frequency Response: DC - 5.0MHz (-3dB)
— Voltage Output: 15VRMS Per Channel Unto 50 Ohms w/No Nore Than 0.05% T.H.D.
— Slew Rate: Greater Than 1000V/us Small And Large Signal
— T.H.D.: Less Than 0.05% 20Hz-20KHz
— I.M.D.(S.M.P.T.E.): Less Than 0.05%
— Signal/Noise: -117DBV Unweighted Input Shorted
— Sensitivity: 26dB
— Input Impedance: 100kOhms
— Warranty: Manufacturer's 2 Years
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Shipping Availability— Canada, USA
Shipping PolicyFREE Standard Shipping
Ships In3-5 weeks
Return PolicyFinal sale, not eligible for return