The SOLITAIRE is a straight 150WRMS Stereo Power Amplifier, or can be offered as an Integrated or Mono Amplifier.
It best embodies the sculptural design and “lack-of-sound” philosophy of Metaxas & Sins.
After over 35 years of work in the field of High End Audio, from the design and manufacturing of entire playback systems to the recording of over 300 acoustic concerts to gain further musical insights, the last thing that artist-designer Kostas Metaxas wanted to produce was “another box with transistors on a heatsink”.
Kostas was dreaming of the most spectacular architecture, design and sculpture he had experienced and wanted to bring that emotional intensity, daring and seductive beauty to an audio amplifier.
As a recording engineer, Metaxas also wanted to “voice it” for extremely realistic recording playback, to be able to reproduce all the nuance and emotion of a musical performance.
His new SOLITAIRE is the result. Machined from a solid block of aircraft aluminum, it’s totally bespoke and the modular electronics make it future-proof. Even the circuit boards can be CNC machined from 1mm solid silver coated clear polystyrene.
From the sensual, organic and striking casework [inspired by the stunning work in Sports cars of the 1950’s/60’s of Ercole Spada, as well as the architecture of Hadid, Gehry and Calatrava] to absolutely every part of the amplifier including the circuit, topology, layout and casework has been developed by Kostas Metaxas. It is the logical evolution of his groundbreaking design concepts pioneered in the early 1980’s.
Then, in true “Bugatti fashion”, each and every amplifier is assembled by the master or his sins — either Andreas or Alessandros Metaxas.
The individually 5-axis CNC “sculptural” enclosure presents a very heavy, solid, inert, non-resonant structure to RFI shield and ultimately protect the delicate electronic signals, driving the noise floor to ultra-ultra-low levels, revealing a wealth of detail that has never been heard before.
|Frequency Response||DC – 5.0mhz (-3db)|
|Power Output||150WRMS per channel into 8 Ohms with no more than 0.05% T.H.D.|
|Damping Factor||Greater than 500 wide band|
|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||0.5VRMS in for 150WRMS out (28dB)|
|Input Impedance||100k Ohms in parallel with 11pF|
- Chassic machined from one solid block of aluminum
- Painstaking selection and matching by hand of all the components
- Bespoke hand-made production by one technician from start to finish
- Millitary-spec grade components. CNC machined & laser etched panels
- Over 300 in-house Master Tape concert recordings as our Reference