Airist Audio Heron 5

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  1. velvetx

    velvetx Gear Master West/Vendor Spotlight Moderator

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    Pretty new company who made their start at the latest NYC Regional Meet. I don't have much info and am awaiting specs as well of the picture of the back but in the meantime please feel free to check out their website below. Please note this link for the upcoming SBAF loaner tour and a big thanks to Airist Audio for providing the review unit:

    www.airistaudio.com

    Price:

    $1,999

    Specifications:

    Frequency Response:
    20 Hz - 20 kHz +- 0.05 dB
    1 Hz - 101 kHz +- 0.2 dB

    THD+N @ 1kHz:
    <0.0015%

    Dynamic Range:
    ≥ 130 dB, 20 Hz-20 kHz A-weighted

    Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR) @ 1kHz:
    ≥ 132 dB A-weighted

    Crosstalk:
    < -80 dB 20 Hz-20 kHz

    Gain
    12.5 (22db)

    Output Power:
    5W at 32 Ohm

    Power Consumption:
    65W max, 10W nominal

    Size:
    W13(33cm) X D11(28cm) X H3.9(8.5)

    Net Weight:
    14 lbs (6.4kg)

    Shipping Size:
    W17.3 (44cm) X D17.1(43cm) X H8.7(22cm)

    Shipping Weight:
    18.3 lbs (8.3kg)

    Upgradability:

    None

    Pictures:

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    I'm very suspicious of a site that is already ready to accept $2,000 as their first and only product, yet provides only hyperbole and no specifications. I'm also always wary of niche startups by just-out-of-college graduates. Then again, some of today's best, ubiquitous ... stuff came from just-graduates and college students. Looking forward to hear more :)
     
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  3. velvetx

    velvetx Gear Master West/Vendor Spotlight Moderator

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    Funny thing you say about not posting specs as that is the first thing I suggested while trading e-mails.
     
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    There are five of them. Five, Five executives... to produce one amplifier. No wonder they need a VP of Strategy! It must take one to get the meetings going and organise the tea.

    I don't think there's anything here to frighten Schiit.
     
  5. velvetx

    velvetx Gear Master West/Vendor Spotlight Moderator

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    I don't think there is anything that really frightens Schiit. Anyway if you are in the US be sure to sign up for the loaner program.
     
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    is that an rk50 ;O those are expensive as schiit
     
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    Agreed.

    It also doesn't help that there's a high-performance audio company that's been around for a while called Herron. Seemingly, the chaps behind this project have never heard of it, yet are trying to enter the market with an upscale component. Doesn't say much about their general exposure to the field.
     
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    Makes me wonder if that's a real RK50 or one of the many fakes available on ebay ;)
     
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    Really does look like an RK50 O_O
    If it is it would be one of the lowest price items I've seen to have one, which is one thing it has going for it.
     
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    For such a seemingly non-transparent company, I somehow think if they were using such a high priced component as the RK50, it would be advertised front and center, the VP of Strategy would see to that.
     
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    Ahahahahahaha. Their site being that poor (for advertising to knowledgeable high-end hobbyists), I wouldn't put it past the VP of Strategy to be that clueless.
     
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    Aka we covered the transformer
     
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    Does it come with the bowl of peaches?

    Also that is a conspicuous wall socket
     
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    That's some ace quality soldering. /Headcase_rant
     
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    4/20 would not buy stuff from college kid start ups.
     
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    The Alchemist MOT: Schiit - Here to help!

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    Well let's see what the reviews are like from our members who get to check it out before we start making assumptions.
     
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