Auralic Merak Amplifiers
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AURALiC Merak Power Amplifier
"The final product is a beautifully crafted, cleanly modern, cool-running box that will fit on the shelf on an Ikea Expedit, suck infinitesimal juice from the wall while idle, deliver 200 watts into 8 ohms, and shove 400 watts of power down the throat of any 4 ohm load." - Scot Hull, Part Time Audiophile
400 watt Monoblock Amplifier. 19 pounds of well built, good looking, class beating design. Using their proprietary Hybrid Analog Amplifier Technology, Purer Power™ Linear Power Solution, and their Orfeo Class-A modules they have achieved what many consider to be a top performing audiophile amplifier.
"The bass is strong and well-defined, but not exaggerated. The midrange is full and tonally accurate, especially on voices. The highs are very detailed and transparent, yet never sound shrill or glassy. These monoblocks also have terrific dynamic range from the micro to the macro level, and they have rhythmic drive to die for." - Positive Feedback Online
The MERAK is not especially large for such a powerful amplifier. It measures only 11 x 11 x 2.75 inches and weighs just 19 lbs. It is rated at 200 watts continuous power into 8 ohms and doubles down at 400 watts continuous into 4 ohms, also delivering up to 16 amps of current when necessary. They incorporate a massive linear power supply, and Lundahl input transformers to achieve a wonderful Class A amp sound with a Class D archetecture.
"Powering on the supremely sleek silver amps leashed to AudioSolutions' flagship Rhapsody 200, I was very impressed by how absolutely inaudible these high-power monos operated with my ear right on the tweeters. Mechanically a slight hum from in-rush current when the circuits first went live subsided to inaudible a few seconds later. Fabulous!" - Sixmoons
The Merak's balanced inputs connect directly to a high-quality Lundahl transformer from Sweden. This is followed by their very low-noise Orfeo linear class A input amplifier to provide further voltage gain. The Auralic MERAK uses a 400W Hypex switching ampifier module to produce its impressive output, but it only uses the switching transistors and none of the other circuitry in the Hypex module. AURALiC has paid special attention to reducing the noise floor in the Merak. It uses a special low noise toroidal transformer from Piltron as well as 56,000 uf of filter capacitors in its massive linear power supply.
"AURALiC's take on class D plainly achieves a more relaxed flow without sacrificing raw detail acuity. The striated wiriness I remember from earlier NuForce Reference amp is gone. I in fact doubt seriously that anyone would/could peg these as class D by just listening." - Sixmoons
Auralic audio components have a small footprint and modern, understated design that will make them right at home with most multi-use family rooms, and of course dedicated listening rooms. Pictured above are a pair of Merak monoblock amps and the Taurus Preamp.
Hybrid Analog Amplifier Technology
Aurilic's proprietary Hybrid Analog Amplifier technology utilizes a high quality input isolation transformer made by Lundahl and the patented AURALiC ORFEO Class-A module in the signal amplifier circuit. The isolation transformer greatly reduce EMI noise while preserving the audio signal; it can reduce EMI noise by 100dB. AURALiC’s patented ORFEO Class-A module is also used here for driving the output stage. The ORFEO Class-A module is not only powerful in it's driving capability but also possesses vanishingly low distortion. Less than 0.001% within the entire audio band.
Auralic's Purer-Power Linear Power Solution is a 500VA main transformer with patented low noise, narrow band technology from Plitron. This is followed by a 56000uF array of capacitors. The Auralic Purer-Power Linear Power Solution can store up to 120 Joules of energy, keeping the noise and source impedance at lowest possible level as well as offering excellent transient current performance.
The Merak's Purer-Power Linear Power Solution can also isolate common-mode and differential-mode interference from both within and outside audio band as high as 90dB while reshaping the electrical circuit and removing DC current. The power solution can also effectively prevent the electrical circuit from being interfered by stray current entering into system via power supply, ensuring a more stable circuit.
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User Manual (PDF)
Warranty: 3 years
Continuous Output Power
Peak Current Output
>16 amp (40 ms)
20Hz - 20KHz, +/- 0.5dB
<50uV, 20Hz-20KHz, A-weighted
1 x XLR, Sensitivity: 2.2Vrms(RCA input requires adapter)
1 x XLR invert output ( for BTL mode)
1 x Cardas patented CE binding post
2ohm to 16 ohm
warm-up mode: 5W
playback mode: 15W/450W (idle/max. output)
11”W x 11”D x 2.75”H(33cm x 33cm x 7.0cm)