Santa Monica, CA (April 27, 2012)—Antelope Audio has introduced Rubicon, a 384 kHz digital audio preamplifier, which integrates the 10M Rubidium atomic clock.
According to Antelope, Rubicon is the first DAC to integrate a Rubidium atomic clock, which it says is 100,000 times more stable than a traditional crystal oscillator. Coupled with Antelope's 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking technology, the Rubidium reportedly achieves a "breakthrough” in jitter management. The same technology is implemented in the company's flagship master clocks.
"I find the idea of an audio enthusiast being able to hear his/her favorite recordings clocked by the world's most stable clock very exciting," shares Igor Levin, CEO and founder of Antelope Audio. "I believe this will bring the music appreciation in the home environment to a completely new level compared only to the precision and sonic detail representation available at the finest professional listening rooms."
Housed in a machined-aluminum enclosure with a vintage Art Deco design, Rubicon incorporates a discrete phono preamp, ultra-linear, dual-stage headphone drivers and Antelope's gold-plated relay volume control. In addition to the 384 kHz DAC, Rubicon also includes ultra-high sample rate A/D conversion. These functionalities together with the high-resolution USB recording capability reportedly provide the users with the experience of digitizing their favorite tracks, still keeping the depth and the warmth of the original analog recordings.
In addition to the 384 kHz USB streaming, Rubicon offers "extended flexibility and smooth user experience provided by the implemented DLNA capability." According to the company, the DLNA streaming gives users the opportunity to wirelessly push audio files from their smart phone, PC or NAS (Network-attached storage) server and play the content through the high-sample rate DAC.