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Rupert Neve Designs Enters Hi-Fi Market

RND dives into audiophile gear with its new Fidelice range.

London, UK (July 26, 2019)—Long a mainstay of the professional audio world, Rupert Neve Designs is entering the HiFi market this weekend as it introduces its new Fidelice series with a trio of products at the 2019 CanJam London Show.

The new product line will include the Precision Headphone Amplifier, Precision Phono Pre-Amplifier and Precision Digital-to-Analog Converter.

“It’s exciting to be able to provide what has become the reference in world class studios to the audiophile and hi-fi communities,” said Josh Thomas, Rupert Neve Designs’ general manager. This brings Rupert’s designs full circle, as his first commercial endeavor was actually CQ Audio, a British Hi-Fi company.”

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The Precision Digital-to-Analog Converter is built around Class-A topologies with transformer-balanced XLR outputs, and it “represents a new standard in digital accuracy from the master of analog.” In DSD mode, the DAC can operate up to DSD512 (22.4MHz), and in PCM mode, the the DAC is capable of reproducing 24-bit, 384 kHz files. The Precision DAC’s rear panel also features digital filter sets for adapting the sound for any system. The headphone amplifier within the Precision DAC builds on the RNHP, with a new design featuring the inclusion of XLR balanced and Pentaconn balanced connections, in addition to the ¼” unbalanced output. It also includes a high-gain switch to help drive most headphones.

The Precision Phono Pre-Amplifier is a new design based around the classic amplifier topologies of Rupert Neve’s microphone preamplifiers. Purpose-designed low-noise JFET-based discrete Class-A amplifiers are implemented throughout the signal path for both MM and MC gain stages. The Precision Phono Pre-Amplifier includes a switchable 18 dB/octave rumble filter, and the MM signal path also includes selectable capacitance of either 110 pF or 220 pF to pair with a large variety of cartridges.

Finally, the Precision Headphone Amplifier is an updated version of Rupert Neve Designs’ RNHP, a 24V reference-quality headphone amplifier, complete with a new steel and wood industrial design. Each of its three sets of inputs is specifically calibrated.

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The Precision Phono Pre-Amplifier and Precision Headphone Amplifier are shipping at the end of August 2019, with the Precision DAC shipping at the end of September 2019. All Fidelice products are made in the USA.

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