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With the XT series, artistic fidelity expands the package format to twice the width of the classic modular series and thus packs more functionality into the respective device. The music system becomes even more compact, simpler in cabling and completely new concepts can be implemented. The arfi-dac2xt with extended preamplifier functionality or the music server arfi-muse are just the beginning. An integrated network streamer incl. DA converter will follow shortly.
The arfi-dac2xt is a DA-converter with expanded pre-amp functionality. It is our new benchmark for the enjoyment of music at the highest level. Two digital inputs, modular set-up, one of which is for the "arfi-optical": our sophisticated connection to a computer or streamer via USB using optical cables. High-quality, remote-controllable volume level via IR and motor potentiometer. The analogue signal processing is continuously balanced. Executed with short and simple signal paths for true audiophiles, built with the best components. The heart of the output stage of the DAC is made up of two large high-quality transformers, fed by a total of eight converter outputs. You can opt for an additional transformer balanced analogue input that can be switched to the regulated outputs instead of the internal DAC. The analogue inputs and outputs are equipped with a balanced XLR and an unbalanced Cinch. The most important new feature in the digital section, an improvement on the arfi-dac2, is a further development of the clocking circuit. We call it arfi-femto-reclocking, which on the whole increases the clocking precision even more and is raised to similar values for conventional digital sources, which is usually only achievable with internally generated clocking.
The arfi-dac2xt focuses on one central task, just like all of our previous AD and DA converters – genuine conversion between digital and analog – and the new analog section continues this philosophy. The result is a clearly delineated image of transients and at the same time tonal purity and a full, round basic sound. Fine musical details, their ambient and emotions have seldom been so audible, but the important this is: listening to music is simply an unbelievable pleasure. This is the enjoyment of music true to artistic fidelity: natural sound, artistic, compelling and emotionally moving music playback!
The arfi-muse2xt (artistic fidelity music server) is the ideal source device for the arfi-dac2xt, but can also be combined with other afis or afi devices. Both devices are directly connected to each other via "arfi-optical" cables and the combination with arfi-dac2xt results in quasi a complete music system that only requires a power amplifier and loudspeakers – and possibly a turntable. The built-in CD/DVD drive can rip CDs and play them back. The integrated 2TB SSD can even store comprehensive music collections from CD quality up to high-res.
artistic fidelity has a totally different concept than most similar devices when it comes to one essential issue: through clever hardware design, even a windows operating system will fulfil the highest audiophile demands, while arfi-optical provides the perfect separation of the audio components (e.g. arfi-dac2xt) from the IT components. Thus, all applications that are usually run with this operating system can be used. One option with eight bi-directional in-/outputs, the arfi-muse8xt, is also available. The arfi-muse2xt is delivered standard with J.River Mediacenter and is directly controllable via Wi-Fi. A monitor and keyboard are not required but can be added if desired. This flexibility at this level of sound has probably never been achieved before.
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