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Old 23rd April 2019
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Antelope Audio announces availability of AMÁRI — a reference-grade AD/DA converter

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AMÁRI advances Antelope's audiophile conversion capability with 24-bit/384 kHz AD/DA and unique headphone system

Trailblazing pro audio manufacturer Antelope Audio is proud to announce availability of AMÁRI — a reference-grade AD/DA converter capable of 24-bit, 384 kHz conversion with DSD256 support that is most likely the only device on the market that can achieve 138dB dynamic range thanks to the unique (eight CS43198 DAC chips) architecture at its D/A stage, stylishly packaged with an easy-to-use interface, including a unique headphone membrane weight compensation system with user-selectable output resistance — as of April 23…

AMÁRI really represents the pinnacle of Antelope Audio’s ongoing quest for sonic advancement. As such, unlike other audiophile AD/DA converters, AMÁRI has two high-powered headphone outputs on XLR combo connectors with user-selectable output resistance, which works as headphone membrane weight compensation. Both BALANCED stereo headphone outputs feature a volume control capped at 20dBu max, with digital trim and selectable output impedance from -4.6 to 85.3 Ohm. On the face of it, this control changes everything — from frequency response to stereo image and, ultimately, how the music itself feels. Reach right into the depths of negative impedance to become at one with it, if one so wishes.

With the technology to grant the wishes of any audiophile, AMÁRI’s high-fidelity headphone driver chip offers fully differential input (per amplifier). It is a dual-amp design, optimised to eliminate possible temperature drifts and deliver the differential signal quality that each listener duly deserves. The headphone outputs also feature dual DAC architecture for maximum performance.

It is the belief that digital and analog audio are meant to thrive together that is embodied in each and every Antelope Audio product produced. And AMÁRI is no exception to this tried-and-tested formula, thanks to an abundance of options for connecting to the outside world. With ANALOG IN (inputs) on two pairs of XLR combo connectors and RCA jacks and ANALOG OUT (outputs) on XLR connectors and TRS jacks, ports providing plentiful digital I/O (on AES/EBU, S/PDIF, and TOSLINK connectors), as well as bi- directional computer connectivity via the USB 3.1 Gen. 1 connector, clearly integration is not an issue when working with AMÁRI.

As it is ingeniously designed to integrate into audiophile and studio setups alike, AMÁRI takes advantage of no fewer than eight CS43198 DAC chips — four per channel — to offer unparalleled sound quality and an improved 138dB dynamic range. It supports sample rates of up to 384 kHz (PCM) and operates at the same resolution and speed as the two AK5578 ADC chips that top a dynamic range of 128dB. This consummate combination made it possible for Antelope Audio’s extraordinary engineers to achieve bit-perfect and sample-accurate playback, with the AD-DA pass-through rendered totally transparent. That’s not all, though! As a final touch, having the power of playing back DSD formats up to DSD256 (via DoP) enables complete and versatile D/A conversion that is worthy of Antelope Audio’s notable name.

Needless to say, AMÁRI also takes full advantage of Antelope Audio’s acclaimed AFC (Acoustically Focused Clocking) jitter management technology. The trailblazing company’s fourth-generation 64-bit clocking facilitates the most precise sampling of analog signals, at sample rates of up to 384 kHz and 24-bit depth. Deeper still, AMÁRI also allows discerning users to connect Antelope Audio’s 10MX Rubidium Atomic Clock — itself really representing an epiphany of more than 20 years’ worth of expertise in the digital audio world, making analog’s clarity, depth, width, and distinctly three-dimensional traits sound so vividly real — via the 10M IN input, as well as providing a WC IN (Word Clock input). Industry-leading clocking technology can clearly be exploited to its fullest potential in keeping with Antelope Audio’s ongoing quest for sonic advancement.

AMÁRI is a reference-grade experience like no other, one which warrants being paired up with the world's finest headphones for a sonically advanced, audiophile-level listening experience that’s truly out of this world!


AMÁRI is now available for purchase — priced at an RRP of $2,995.00 USD — through Antelope Audio’s growing global network of authorised dealers (Dealers | Antelope Audio). Or order online directly from Antelope Audio via the dedicated AMÁRI webpage (AMARI | Antelope Audio), which also includes more in-depth information.
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Old 25th June 2019
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so from what I gather the Amari isn't USB-Class Compliant?
Old 13th July 2019
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Anybody heard this?
Old 8th October 2019
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Will I be the first?

Hi everyone,

I am planning to upgrade my equipment.
I have now an iMac 2013 and using Prism Orpheus FireWire.
I only do mixing and mastering with my gears.
I am considering the Amari or the Antelope Audio Orion Studio Synergy Core for my next audio interface.
Any advise will be greatly appreciated.

Also, why Antelope has chosen for the Amari a bi-directional connector USB 3.1 (Gen 1) Type-B connector? Why not Thunderbolt 3?

Thanks

Last edited by JazzHot; 8th October 2019 at 05:15 PM..
Old 9th October 2019
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Hi everyone,

I am planning to upgrade my equipment.
I have now an iMac 2013 and using Prism Orpheus FireWire.
I only do mixing and mastering with my gears.
I am considering the Amari or the Antelope Audio Orion Studio Synergy Core for my next audio interface.
Any advise will be greatly appreciated.

Also, why Antelope has chosen for the Amari a bi-directional connector USB 3.1 (Gen 1) Type-B connector? Why not Thunderbolt 3?

Thanks
I don't know the Orpheus but I just had the Prism Atlas next to the Amari here and I guess the Orpheus isn't that far off from the Atlas.

Amari is basically coming from the totally opposite sound philosophy than Prism.
Amari is way more analytical and detailed and the transient reproduction is insane but it sometimes fails to see the 'music' (cohesiveness) in ithe sound. Unless analytics is, what you are looking for.

The Atlas is the other way around. If there is something wrong with the cohesiveness the Atlas shows you but not as much detail as the Amari. But overall Atlas has a more natural sound.

IMHO the Amari is not an upgrade to Prism but a side-step.

But I wasn't convinced by the Antelope USB-driver stability and I ended up using it mostly over AES (Mac Mini 2018, Mojave). Which is a shame because otherwise the Amari is a serious piece of engineering. The Atlas (Titan and Lyra, too) is USB class compliant. Big Plus in my book.

Also if you choose the Amari be sure to get a proper matching DC-PSU. The included one is not so good and may leak into the signalpath - you have an impressive ~ -150dBFS noisefloor with the Amari, so every bit counts.

my 2 cents.

Last edited by dyscode; 4 weeks ago at 12:21 PM..
Old 4 weeks ago
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Thank you dyscode for your reply.
I when for Orion Studio.
Old 1 week ago
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Can you go more in depth with the DC PSU? I am not familiar with it and confused as to what it does
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