Audio Valve Solaris-DAC – State-of-the-Art – more than just a headphone amp!
The latest 2018 version. Based on the concept of Audio Valve’s Luminare, the form and equipment of Solaris has been adapted to RKV 3. In addition to extended features like balance-control, more inputs and a remote control which has been integrated for volume, the front plate of Solaris now has the same connection options as Luminare while offering twice the performance on all outputs which on average is 8-12 watt per channel, depending on the headphones‘ impedance.
Solaris-DAC is the logical synthesis of Luminare and RKV 3 and reflects perfectly what the Audio Valve team defines as STATE-OF-THE-ART product in the premium class of headphone applications when talking to a number of customers worldwide.
The Solaris-DAC is more than just a headphone amp, it’s more like a Swiss Army Knife in the Audio World, a full-fledged desktop system. It provides inputs for all sorts of headphones including Stax, analog inputs, USB input for music server and computer, MM phono input, pre-amp out for power amps, direct speaker output for high sensitive loudspeaker…
..and THE ONE AND ONLY headphone amplifier on the market that is able to drive all standard headphone loads, starting from 3 Ohm up to 145 kOhm and speakers too.
BRAND NEW REVIEWS:
Martin Mertens about the Solaris w/DAC in the Ear-In magazine (May 2018):
„…the Solaris DAC from AudioValve is a high-end headphone amp that boosts all headphones to a new level of sound reproduction. In addition, the Solaris is very generous with its connections, offering every type of standard connector. Best we’ve heard…“
CLICK HERE to read the entire review (in German)
Lieven of Headfonia.com wrote (February 2018):
„…another thing I really love about the Solaris are the dynamics and speed with which it delivers your music, the Solaris has great PRaT. On top of all this from bass to treble you get a very high resolution, the level of detail just is impressive. A high level of detail doesn’t mean this amplifier is analytical, cause it is not. Think musicality over pure analytics but always with great clarity. If female vocals are your thing (they are for me), then you will love this amp, but in general the Solaris voices are exceptionally good, natural and romantic… the Solaris does everything so effortless, it is a pure pleasure to listen to. It’s musical, rich, extended, easy on the ear and completely non-fatiguing. What’s not to like?“
CLICK HERE to check out the entire review
In mid-2015 has been changed from PCL805 on ECL85 that affects the models RKV all, Luminare and Solaris
The warranty is void if the top glass of the amplifier is taken within the warranty period. Also void the warranty, if other than that we offer tubes are used for the so-called „tube rolling“. To buy new tubes, please contact your dealer, he has recommended tubes on stock. Incidentally Tube Rolling is simply stupid in the models RKV, Luminare and Solaris. You can convince yourself by knocking on the tubes, they will not hear any knocking sounds in the headphones.
we use a 2 channel RF remote control for the volume up and down function
The lower picture shows the the hum and noise that the amplifier produces – nothing produces the amplifier, it is absolute quiet. (screen: 2mV/div.)
The picture below shows the rectangle in OTL mode at 10kHz – simply impeccable. The pixels are from memoryscope
The picture below shows you the max. Output voltage before soft clipping in OTL mode at 220 Ohm load per channel – at 50 Vrms are on each channel 11.3 watts
The picture below shows you the max. rms output voltage before soft clipping in STAX mode.
Following some graphics for technically interested people …
The switch to the use of OPA 134 clearly shows the added value of the signal quality