July 04, 2020 — Orchard Audio, based in Succasunna, NJ. has just announced the launch of the Orchard Audio Starkrimson integrated amplifier. The 150-watt stereo amplifier combines Orchard Audio’s existing BOSC™ amplification and PecanPi ® DAC technologies into a single enclosure. The inputs are either USB or S/PDIF.
Starkrimson is the only integrated amplifier on the market which uses gallium nitride (GaN) technology. GaN transistors provide the following sonic/sound benefits over their traditional silicon counterparts: less harshness; cleaner highs; better transparency; and higher detail. This is because GaN transistors have increased slew rate, reduced ringing, faster switching, and faster overload recovery.
What is unique about this integrated amplifier is that it provides access to both the DAC outputs and amplifier inputs; this enables the connection of devices like digital signal processors (DSPs) and preamps between the two.
Orchard Audio’s founder, Leo Ayzenshtat, has built his career around designing products for several elite names in the industry, including NASA, Lockheed Martin, L3 Technologies, and Siemens, and holds multiple U.S. and international patents.
Realizing the chasm between emerging technology and its availability to the majority of consumers, he set out to design products for the discerning audiophile, but at a much more attainable price point. “I realized that it was possible to design higher quality products than those on the marketplace, but at a much more affordable price,” stated Leo. “Everyone should have access to a great listening experience.”
Starkrimson is currently available with introductory pricing at $1995. MSRP is set at $2495. The Sound Advocate will be receiving a sample of this amplifier for review very shortly.
About Orchard Audio, LLC
Orchard Audio is the result of decades of engineering expertise and consulting work for some of the world’s most advanced companies, including NASA, Lockheed Martin, L3 Technologies, and Siemens. The company was launched in 2017 to independently release its line of advanced audio products.
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