If drool is a requirement for your sound-pounding listening experience, you know a preamp is a crucial part of any system, be it for car, personal or production audio. Antelope Audio is known for the amazing quality they bring to studios around the world and now, they’re putting their clocking technology into a new DAC component named the Rubicon, a 384 kHz digital audio preamplifier which integrates the noise-crushing 10M Rubidium atomic clock.

Rubicon Atomic Preamp

Rubicon is the first DAC to integrate a Rubidium atomic clock, which is 100,000 times more stable than a traditional crystal oscillator. Coupled with Antelope’s 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking technology, the Rubidium achieves a breakthrough in jitter management, improving the sound quality in an unprecedented way. The same technology is implemented in the company’s flagship master clocks used for scoring blockbusters such as Avatar and available at recording and mastering studios around the Globe.

The design is simply fabulouso with vintage style that would look phenomenal atop the cabinet of any home or studio environment.

Housed in a sturdy, machined-aluminum enclosure with a vintage Art Deco design, Rubicon incorporates a discrete phono preamp, ultra linear, dual stage headphone drivers and Antelope’s renowned gold-plated relay volume control.

If you’re into high-end audio, be watching for the Rubicon’s availability early May where it will make its appearance at the Munich High-End show. Price yet to be announced, but purchase will be available at Antelope Audio.

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