STELLO 320: EPITOMIZING INTEGRATION
OF STYLE, PERFORMANCE, AND VALUE
— April Music To Incorporate Upsampling Converter
In CD Player and Integrated Amplifier —
Las Vegas, NV, January 3, 2005 — April Music is rolling out its second wave of high performance/high value Stello audio components with two new models specifically designed for consumers who are passionate about enjoying their favorite music with the best possible equipment for the investment.
“The Stello line is all about reproducing every iota of musical detail without any added color or annoying anomalies,” said Simon Lee, President, April Music, Inc. “These new models are designed for those who prefer ‘simple but serious’ listening, with enough power, resolution, and overall musicality to fulfill any audiophile’s requirements.”
CDA200 CD Player
As the first CD player in the Stello line, the CDA320 (SRP: $1,995) features the rugged, vibration- and noise-free characteristics of the CDT200 transport, with the added benefit of an
upsampling converter that supports user-selectable rates of up to 24 Bit/192kHz sampling frequency, making it easy to reveal the subtle nuances found in well-recorded music. Settings include bypass, 48kHz, 96kHz, and 192kHz.
The CDA320’s advanced technology results in improved sonic output, thanks in part to an updated 24/192 DAC chip with upsampling up to 192kHz. Also contributing to the unit’s performance is a sixth-order custom-made digital filter, plus full Class A analog output stages with fully balanced discrete circuitry for a frequency range that extends up to 45kHz.
With this technology, the Stello CDA320 produces a transparent, natural sound from standard Red Book CD’s, but other digital components may be played through the unit’s converter via common digital interconnects.
AI320 Integrated Amplifier
When space is at a premium, the AI320 integrated amplifier (SRP: $2,795) gives end-users a no-compromise solution with a high-performance, 200 Watt amplifier (350 Watts at 4 ohms) for transparent sonics that convey the full range of well-recorded music.
The AI320 features a 1 KVA power transformer and 180,000 micro F capacitor bank, with enough power to drive the most demanding high-end speakers. The intuitive remote control is designed to allow users to simply input settings and enjoy the music, without the need for constant adjustments.
Stello CDA320 CDP/DAC Specifications
CD PLAYER / DAC SECTION
Transport Mechanism: Philips VAM1202
Format: Audio CD (CD-DA), CD-Recordable (CD-R)
Input Data: 16 to 24Bits/32 to 96 kHz automatically Locked
Upsampler: 44.1 kHz, 96 kHz, 192 kHz selectable
DAC 24/192 Delta-Sigma Digital to Analog Converter
Dynamic Range: 110 dB
Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 120 dB
Distortion: 0.003 %, 1 kHz
Frequency Range: 10 Hz – 45 kHz (-0.5dB)
Sampling Frequency: 44.1 kHz to 192 kHz, automatic
Power Consumption: 10 Watts
Analog Output: Full balanced Class A operation
Full functional remote control (RC-5)
Separate Toroidal Transformers for analog and digital circuits.
Separate Stages of power regulations for each function blocks.
High quality electronic components and gold plated RCA connectors.
Analog Output: 2 RCA / Unbalanced stereo L & R channel
2 XLR / Balanced stereo L & R channel (100 Ohm)
Digital Output: 1 Coaxial (RCA, 75 Ohm), 1 Toslink (Optical)
Digital Input: 1 Coaxial, 2 Toslink
Stello AI320 Integrated Amplifier Specifications
Input Sensitivity: 0.56V, 200W / 8 Ohms
Signal To Noise: 10-20 kHz, -100dB
Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.005%, at 60W, 8 Ohms
Frequency Response: 10-45kHz, +-3dB
Power Output: 200W/CH at 8 Ohms
350W/CH at 4 Ohms
Damping Factor: >400
Signal Outputs: RCA/REC OUTPUT, 1 PAIR
PREAMP OUTPUT, 1 PAIR
Signal Inputs: RCA/UNBALANCED, 4 PAIR
XLR/BALANCED, 1 PAIR
RCA/BYPASS, 1 PAIR
Front Panel / Remote Control Function:
Input (CD. TUNER, AUX, TAPE, BAL)
Volume (Up, Down; 120 Steps);
Display Brightness Control (Four Levels)
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Since 1998, April Music has been committed to the development of a select group of products designed specifically for demanding audio enthusiasts whose primary passion is music, not electronics. Eschewing labels such as, “hobbyist,” April instead speaks to listeners who treasure the aesthetic of beautiful music and beautiful furniture, focusing exclusively on the sound and physical nature of high-end audio components. For more information about April Music and its line of audio components, visit www.aprilmusic.com.
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