The Abacus digital to analogue converter is an exquisite tool for the task, connecting you to the world of the musician, doing the precise calculations needed for the mutual understanding. Being a gateway between the digital and analogue worlds, the Abacus is not only a computing machine, it is the very source of the analogue sound amplified through your system. This sound needs to be fascinating right from the beginning, isn’t it?
The Abacus can interpret this seductive Heed sound from a great variety of digital sources, even if the music is coded in extremely highly detailed PCM or DSD signal. PCM and DSD are the two main methods for digital recording. The Abacus can handle PCM signals up to 384 kHz and 32 bits, and natively processes the double speed DSD. Quartz based clocks and well-designed linear power supplies ensure that the resolution of digital processing is always perfect.
The analogue buffer stages of the Abacus are made of discrete components, to allow the best possible first steps for the analogue signal.
The Elixir is the essence of how Heed thinks about music reproduction. This integrated amplifier puts down four important cornerstones that provide a playground for the listener. A preamplifier with its dedicated output, a power amplifier with plenty of juice to drive anything reasonable, a phono preamplifier to re-discover those black discs, and a headphone amplifier with way too much talents for a secondary function only. But Heed has built them into one box because these are the basic functions everyone should experience in “My First Hi-Fi System”. As it happens, it is good enough for the second and the third as well…
The Elixir has a neat place amongst Heed's Transcap technology amplifiers. It is the purest music performer of all, without any technical compromise and presents the music effortlessly. Besides the power amplifier, the headphone stage also benefits from the basic idea of the Transcap technology. Class-A, darlington-driven, capacitor-coupled outputs feed your headphones like nothing else you have experienced before.
The MM phono stage is based on Heed's acclaimed Questar’s circuit. As the standalone amp, this integrated incarnation is thick and warm and provides a great overall amplification for nearly all kind of MM cartridges. It’s a very easy way to find your way back into the analogue domain, and be a lifetime captive of the black vinyl.
Beautifully concieved and built - the Elixir has easy to use front panel controls, with a toggle switch for discrete headphone usage and a simple but strudy feeling source selection dial. A remote control enables simple remote switching of inputs and volume control. The white LEDs behind the front panel add a serene touch for simple and refined aethetics, that aid an undeniably musical and 'life giving' audio experience - which is what an Elixir is all about!
The Abacus & Elixir 'Duo' system will enable anyone thinking of embracing higher quality digital and analogue audio enjoyment, especially those wanting to step up to 'serious audio' - without having to break the bank to do so.
Available with a black casing/black front or grey casing/silver front (please specify on order).
UK SRP £1899.00 inclusive of VAT @ 20%