Reference THX Analog Headphone Amplifier
Mytek Audio just announced their new Liberty THX AAA™ HPA , an analog headphone amplifier featuring THX Achromatic Audio Amplifier (THX AAA™) , which is said to be the most linear amplifier technology available today. The company says the Liberty THX AAA™ HPA, “provides astonishing musical accuracy, unprecedented dynamic range, as well as infinitesimally low levels of noise and distortion.” Further adding, “Liberty THX AAA™ HPA is a reference grade device for both the musically passionate headphone enthusiast, and for sound engineers in professional audio environments.”
Mytec boasts the Liberty THX AAA™ HPA allows the user to hear music with maximum transparency and detail and with minimum impact of the amplifier on the original sound. This is achieved using THX’s patented feed-forward error correction circuit topology which allows the THX AAA™ based amplifier to reach its maximum output power rating (1 ampere and voltages reaching 25Vp-p) while exponentially reducing noise and distortion levels. Unlike the competition where increased output power is typically accompanied by proportional amounts of noise and distortion, the Liberty THX AAA™ HPA encounters a reduction in distortion by up to 40dB.
Liberty THX AAA™ HPA uses the highest quality gold plated connectors and a selection of the highest grade parts, including an oversized 60-watt toroid power transformer, separate low noise power regulators for left and right channels, and a large bank of low impedance power supply electrolytic capacitors. Multiple protection circuits are in place to ensure that the output relays are disabled during ‘power up’ until all power supplies reach full voltage and proper stability, and during faulty conditions like overloads and short circuits.
As a result, Mytec says Liberty THX AAA™ HPA can drive any pair of headphones available today.
- THX AAA-888 Achromatic Audio Amplifier technology (THX AAA™)
- Maximum rated output of 6 Watts @ < 0.1 % THD
- Output Impedance: < 0.1Ω.
- THD min: -150dB
- S/N Ratio > 147dB, A-Weighted.
- Oversized, dual-mono 60W toroidal linear power supply with automatic AC input voltage detection (100 – 240V).
- 4-line level inputs; 3 single-ended RCA and 1 balanced XLR-1/4”.
- 4 HPA outputs on the front panel: 4-pin XLR and 4.4mm balanced, ¼” TRS and 3.5mm In Ear Monitor (IEM).
- Single-ended RCA 2-channel preamplifier output.
- Large 27mm ALPS professional grade volume attenuator.
- Selectable Crossfeed / Mono circuit for speaker/radio compatibility.
- 4-position adjustable gain circuit.
- Automatic -12dB Gain Sensitivity drop for IEM output.
- Two-year warranty.
- Dimensions (w x d x h): 5.5″ x 8.8″ x 1.74” / 14 x 22.5 x 4.4cm. (1/3 Rack size)
- Weight: 4.5 lbs. / 2 kg.
Pricing & Availability
The Liberty THX AAA™ HPA is available for preorder now and will begin shipping in March 1, 2021 with an MSRP of US $1,495.00. and EUR €1,495.00 (VAT incl). Available for purchase at authorized Mytek dealers worldwide, at www.mytek.audio and Amazon.com (US/Canada only).
For further information about THX AAA™ please visit: https://www.thx.com/aaa/.
The companion Liberty II DAC and Liberty Phono Preamplifier will be released in Q1 and Q2 2021, respectively.
Special Preorder Offer
The first 50 Liberty THX AAA™ HPA available for preorder in the US includes a free set of HiFiMAN Sundara planar magnetic Headphones, valued at USD $349.
About Mytek Audio
Mytek was founded in New York City by Michal Jurewicz in 1992. He began working at Manhattan’s famed Hit Factory recording studio in 1989 with the likes of Paul Simon, Billy Joel and Barbara Streisand, recording to analog tape. Here he learned the “ins and outs” of what a great recording was supposed to sound like and which equipment was necessary to achieve this. Famously, he repaired a room full of broken equalizers, amplifiers and compressors that were just too complex for the other technicians to handle. It was this reputation that landed him a job as Skyline Studios’ tech engineer. Skyline was the home of legendary music producer Nile Rogers and the preferred studio for the likes of Mariah Carey and James Taylor.
While at Skyline, Michal developed solutions to help improve the workflow and sound quality of the new digital systems. It was here that Mytek was born 1992. From the very beginning, artist and producers praised the sound quality of Mytek’s equipment. Soon almost every NYC recording studio had a “Mytek Private Q” headphone monitoring system and those using Mytek’s first analog-to-digital converters produced recordings that didn’t suffer from the harsh sound that was so typical of the digital recordings from the 1990’s.
Since then Mytek has continuously innovated; From pioneering 18, 20, 24 and now 32-bit PCM recording to being part of the “DSD Super Audio CD Project” and today helping to develop MQA mastering and playback. Most recently, as digital audio and internet distribution began to evolve together, the barrier of audio quality between the professional studio and the home has vanished. It was with this eye towards the future that Mytek began designing playback equipment for music lovers, not just music makers. Today the same equipment used to create timeless music is accessible for a lifelong enjoyment of music. Michal Jurewicz has consistently demonstrated that a proper understanding of how to digitally encode music in the recording studio results in a cutting edge ability to design the award winning DACs used today by Mytek for digital music playback. Convenience, design and sound quality are all at the heart of everything Mytek does.
Mytek currently maintains two physical locations for Sales, R&D, Support and Distribution: Mytek Audio Headquarters in Brooklyn , New York and Mytek Europe Corporation, the EU Branch in Warsaw, Poland.
Founded by legendary filmmaker George Lucas in 1983, THX Ltd. and its partners provide premium entertainment experiences in the cinema, in the home and on the go. Over the past 35 years, THX has expanded its certification categories beyond studios and cinemas to consumer electronics, content, automotive systems, and live entertainment. Today, THX continues to redefine entertainment, providing exciting new technologies and assurance of experiences which provide consumers with superior audio and visual fidelity and ensure an artist’s vision is truthfully delivered to audiences worldwide. THX Ltd. is owned by Razer and operates as a fully independent subsidiary.
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