The Pathos Laboratories have worked hard to ensure that the new ClassicRemix had all the technology needed to achieve the goal that the company had set for this device, namely: high sonic performance, excellent management of the digital musical files, a high quality listening with headphones.
To reach this goal, the company has used first of all the twenty years of experience in hybrid amplifications. By starting from this wealth of knowledge and experience, Pathos has subsequently refined every aspect of the circuitry (as clean as possible) and has made a careful selection of components that must meet the requirements of the highest quality and musicality. Classic Remix project The result is then a hybrid device, Class A / B, with a fully balanced circuit and capable of providing a power of 70 + 70W (prudential). The preamp section has been realised around a pair of valves Electro Harmonix ECC88 – 6922 (double triodes) in a differential configuration that is one tube per channel in order to realise the first signal amplification while maintaining the balanced configuration and in such a way that an unbalanced input signal can be converted into a balanced signal. As a further demonstration of the care in design and construction that Pathos wanted to put in this new integrated, a special mention to the oversized laminated transformer from 240VA developed in partnership with a major supplier. The final section of signal goes through major stabilization with bridge rectifiers and capacitors which have a filtering capicity of more than 45k-uF. Input selectors for switching the mechanical relays are watertight, specially designed for field audio with internal contact and are sealed under vacuum to prevent oxidation and finally the ability to adjust and store the listening volume of each entrance.
MANAGMENT OF DIGITAL MUSIC FILES
The versatility of the digital world is made possible by a built-in high quality converter (DAC specially designed for ClassicRemix – optional) and a rich set of digital connections. HiDac is the result of significant know-how accumulated by Pathos in the design and implementation of digital converters for the cd-players Endorphin and Digit, in the Converto project and in previous versions of HiDac created to be included within the amplifiers Logos, Ethos and InpolRemix. As integration of this conversion board there are numerous digital connections on the rear of the amplifier which put in communication the HiDac with the outside world, in fact there is a SPDIF, a SPDIF Optical (Toslink), a USB Type “B”, and an Ethernet two USB Type “A” (one on front and one on the back). Pathos in this regard has made an important choice and has created an open architecture that can meet any customer requirement, indeed the ClassicRemix is available without internal converter, or equipped with the current HiDac but at the same time it is ready to receive future technological developments (and new features) of digital boards on which Pathos Laboratories are already working.
LISTENING BY HEADPHONES
Usually an integrated amplifier that offers the possibility of listening with headphones makes use of cost-effective solutions and compromises. It is not the case for ClassicRemix, here the company from the planning stage has set itself the goal to achieve very high listening performance to levels comparable to those of a dedicated amplifier. Hence the choice to realise a real amplifier in the amplifier with dedicated and strong power supply, a fully balanced circuit which exploits the signal coming from the valves preamplifier section of the ClassicRemix which in turn ensures a low noise, a large range dynamic (120db) and cleaning listening. Completing the picture a large bandwidth and a generous output power (greater than 2W of 32 Ohm) that allows easy and happy pairings with most of the high-quality headphones that there are on the market. Pathos is sure for even the most demanding lover of listening through headphones he will be positively surprised and would not feel the need for another device.
The obsessive search for a common thread between industrial design, functionality, aesthetics and beauty is a value that Pathos has in his DNA since birth and the Pathos Twin Towers, his first device, is one example. Here the designer has created a play of contrasting volumes, alternating full and empty spaces and clean lines as opposed to elements strongly characterized, a sort of mixture of balanced proportions and high-tech materials, all bounded by the iconic aluminum heat sinks, bearing serially the logo Pathos. Other functional elements like the volume knob and cages to protect the valves are the result of evolution that Pathos wanted to give toward a more contemporary style of some iconic elements typical of the audio world, in any case never sterile forms and self-celebratory but always genuine expressions of their function and suitability to fit in a listening room in a harmonious but distinctive way, because device, space, and listener can find in a more natural and spontaneous way as possible a balance that involves multiple senses, for a fuller and more rewarding experience. But this, according to the factory, is also a way to bring the great Pathos sound to a increasingly wide audience and so also to those who simply love the Music and the beauty.
While being ClassicRemix a highly innovative project, in terms of pure sound quality, the amplifier perfectly reflects the tradition of the house: not special effects or objectionable colorations to attract hasty listeners, but only great respect for the Music. Pathos Acoustics is fully satisfied with the result: a complete sound in all parameters, a wide soundstage with width and depth, correct tone, sense of rhythm, energy beyond of all expectations, low frequencies extended and natural but never out of control, detail and airiness that they live together in harmony and never tire. ClassicRemix is a real ”musical machine” that invites us to rediscover with renewed pleasure and enthusiasm the Pathos collection.
Type Integrated stereo amplifier, fully balanced, Hybrid technology.
Preamplifier stage: Tube (2×6922 ECC88)
Final stage: solid stade, bridge mode, class AB
Output Power 2x70WRMS@8 Ω (Both channel driven)
Frequency response 1,5Hz – 200KHz ± 0,5dB
Max input voltage 4,25VRMS
Input sensitivity 500mVRMS
Input impedance 47KOhm
Output polarity Non- inverting. Balanced pin 2 +
Volume regulator 2 x Burr Brown PGA2310 (180 steps 0,5dB)
THD 0,025% @ 70W
S/N Ratio > 100dB
Power requirements 250W@70WPC / 100W@zero volume / < 0,5W@standby
Analogue inputs 1 balanced XRL line, 4 unbalanced RCA line
Digital inputs 1 USB port type “B”, 1 SPDIF coaxial, 1 SPDIF optical
1 Ethernet RJ45, 2 USB port type ”Aâ€
Outputs 1 Pre out stereo line
1 connector for jack headphone 6,3mm
Sampling frequency 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192kHz
Resolution: 16 to 24 bits
Minimal requirements 1.3GHz CPU clock, 1GB RAM
USB requirements 2.0 USB port
Output power 1,6W @ 32 Ω
Output impedance 10 Ω
Max output level 10 V RMS
Frequency response 1,5Hz – 200KHz ± 0,5dB
Amplifier 370mm (D) x 280mm (W) x 170mm (H)
Packed 490mm (D) x 430mm (W) x 300mm (H)
Weight (net / packed) 14Kg / 17,5 Kg
Matt Black, Matt Grey, Wood, Lacquered Black, Lacquered White and Lacquered Red
HiDac and HiDac EVO
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