Antelope Audio today announced that it has been named an International CES Innovations 2013 Design and Engineering Awards Honoree for Rubicon, its groundbreaking 384 kHz digital audio preamplifier which integrates the world renowned 10M Rubidium atomic clock. Products entered in this prestigious program are judged by a preeminent panel of independent industrial designers, engineers and members of the media to honor outstanding design and engineering in cutting edge consumer electronics products, across several different product categories.
Rubicon caters to the ever-increasing interest in high-resolution audio, addressing the specific needs of high-end consumer electronics enthusiasts for accurate audio representaion and detailed soundstage of both analog and digital recordings. It is the first DAC to integrate a Rubidium atomic clock, which is 100,000 times more stable than a traditional crystal oscillator.
"It is a fantastic honor to be recognized by the CES Innovations Design and Engineering Awards," commented Igor Levin, CEO and Founder of Antelope Audio. "The Rubicon is a representative engineering milestone certainly for our own company, but more importantly for consumers since it dramatically improves the overall listening experience."
Superior Clocking Technology
Coupled with Antelope's 64-bit Accoustically Focused Clocking technology, the Rubidium achieves a breakthrough in jitter managment, 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 the best recording and mastering studios around the Globe.
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.
The transformer-based, ultra-low noise, discrete JFET phono preamp is a complement that will be highly appreciated by many vinyl lovers. In addition to the 384 kHz DAC, Rubicon also includes ultra-high sample rate A/D conversion. These functionalities together with the high resolution USB recording capability provide the users with the sublime experience of digitizing their favorite tracks, still keeping the depth and the warmth of the original analog recordings.
In addition to the 384 kHz USB streaming, Rubicon offers extended flexibility and smooth user experience provided by the implemented DLNA capability. The DLNA streaming gives users the opportunity to wirelessly push audio files from their smart phone, PC or NAS (Network-attached storage) server and play the content through the high-sample rate DAC.