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Master 19

Since 15th. Nov. 2019


Real Balanced ACSS design 
Pure Class A  (9W @ 40 ohm)
Preamp & Headphone amp
2 Type gain modes can drive high and low sensitivity easy

Price: USD880
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Connect with KRELL amplifiers:
          Master 19 is compatible with KRELL amplifiers CAST inputs.
           A cable can be made with one side connecting to Master 19 ACSS outputs, other side to a KRELL amplifier CAST inputs.
           The ACSS output pins:
                   Pin 1, GND   -----> Pin 1 and 4 (KRELL)
                   Pin 2, Hot    -----> Pin 2  (KRELL)
                   Pin 3, Cold   -----> Pin 3  (KRELL)
           KRELL amplifiers have lower gain versus audio-gd Master series amplifiers when using the CAST connection, so customers can custom order the Master 19 to have higher ACSS output gain if expecting to connect to KRELL amplifiers.


Summarize
Fully balanced pure class A design built by discrete analog stages without any OPA or coupling caps in the signal channels.
Non- feedback ACSS analog output stage.
Total applied 8 pcs exact matching 150W transistors ( In total 1200W ) as the output stages  for implement large class A output power .
Uses two R-core transformers (In total 100W ) separate power supplies for the digital control components, right and left channels.
4 groups pure class A PSUs power supply to the audio circuits.
More than 35,000uf audio grade NOVER capacitors are used to ensure ample and smooth power delivery.
Uses most Hi-end grade parts and exactly matched transistors, OCC wires.
Four-channel 100 steps digitally controlled relay-based volume control avoids channel imbalance and improves sound quality .
Supper Exponential Volume Characteristic, easy match the volume with very high headphone / speaker without change the gain mode.
16,25DB in total 2 type gain modes can drive the low sensitivity headphone very well.
5 groups input: RCA X2, XLR X2, ACSS X1
Preamp output : XLR / RCA / ACSS
Headphone amp output: 4pins XLR X1 / 6.3MM X1

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Technology detail

Detail of the Current Conveyor Technology

Impedance matching:
              There are a lot different DACs in world, they had different design and output impedance .
              For avoid the sound quality effect by different DAC's output impedance, in the Master 19, it had design 4 groups expensive Single polarity class A FET cascode buffers in the input . All the input signals through these FET buffers, the output impedance had become very low, even the source had high or low output impedance.
               The FET buffers working on pure class A state, and it is so short signal journey , it can keep the sound quality without coloration ,dry and harsh .
             

Core:
             Master 19 is a true balanced design applying the newest ACSS design which can improve the XLR connection to sound as good as the ACSS connection. They seem complex , but in fact they are the most simple design the world has ever had , their a lot components to process the power supply. The simplest and shortest signal journey brings out the most neutral and least colored sound.
              Master 19 applies ultra-low distortion single stage ACSS amplifier and soldered directly on the motherboard. It is a fully class A preamp / headphone amp and applies class A power supplies.
               The ACSS is a non-feedback technology made with discrete amplifiers. Most people know the global feedback design can offer better specs in test measurements, and non-feedback can't do well in test measurements but can offer better sound for the human's ears. Here is a conflict of the classic circuits. But the ACSS opens a new field, it can offer a least coloration sound which is more neutral with very low distortion and high linearity. So it can retain the dynamics, detail and neutral sound but not sound bright or harsh.
                All signal gain is in current, all transistors work in pure class A mode.
                The Master 19 output buffers had applied 4 pair power transistors ( 150W / 15A ) working on pure class A state, the output impedance is only 1 ohms , it can drive most headphones and amps as well .
                 Master 19 has all components of four channels exactly matched before installation.

Strong class A output stages
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The Master 19 had design 4 groups diamond difference output stages as the balance drive stage, every parts had exact matching before assemble so don't need any human adjustment .
              The output stages had  four pair 150W transistors ,they also working under pure class A state , the balance output mode had 4X times power than the same state single-ended mode .The pure class A design had larger  drive ability than the specs, it drive the headphone not worst than a double power class AB design , not to refer, the pure class A is the best sound design  in worth. The balance drive mode can kill the noise and distortion in the end of the headphone, much improve the sound stage, background and the transparency ,ect. 

             


Power supply:    
            Three special transformer are used to supply power separately for the audio and control circuit.
            Master 19 uses 4 groups of pure class A PSU .
            The class A parallel connection PSU has very high input impedance to avoid pulse through the PSU from affecting the preamp and low output impedance with very fast speed and high linear, so it is a very clean power supply.
            Master 19 applies separate linear PSUs for the display and control parts, avoid the disturbances through power line from affecting the amplifier.

Input/Output:
           Master 19 can input not only XLR balanced signal or RCA unbalanced signal, but also the top-grade ACSS current signal. It can also output RCA signal, balanced XRL signal, ACSS current signal to the power amplifier. Using RCA input, Master 19 can convert to balanced ACSS signal and output real balance signal from XLR and ACSS.
          The ACSS input / output can compatible with KRELL CAST products and SATRI technology gears . The XLR / RCA can compatible with any audio devices in world.
          Master 19 can output RCA, XLR and ACSS at the same time in preamp output model , in headphone amp model, Master 19 can output XLR ,single end for headphone.
          The input channels of Master 19 adopt separated shielding method. When switching, the idle signal lines linked to the equipment and the ground wire are completely disconnected. The idle input ports of the equipment are shielded. In that case, the sound quality won't be affected even with more connected equipment.
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Volume control:
            The volume control is also different from conventional technology. Conventional volume control technology is the volume control implement in the analog amp input stage through a volume pot to reduce the signal . The volume pots quality effect the sound quality direct , the low quality volume pot cause lost the detail and channels imbalance cause the soundstage distortion . Even the high performance volume pot still cause the detail lose. Whatever quality volume pots, must cause the S/N worst .

             But in the Master 19 , we applied the I/V conversion volume control , the volume control just a variable passive I/V conversion place at the ACSS amp output , where the output is the current signal, not the voltage signal. The volume control is I/V conversion, and the volume depends on the current (I) conversion to the voltage (V). (Like R-2R D/A chips output passive I/V conversion) It can keep the signal frequency band flat and not lost any detail. It can't degrade on sound quality in every volume level . After the volume , there are four groups diamond non-feedback buffer output stages offer the very low output impedance .

             The volume control quality is much important in the real balance gear . It must guarantee the four channels signal control exact to achieve the performance of the real balance gear . If the cool and hot of the balance signal can't guarantee exact, the balance output will has large distortion cause the sound quality and performance even much worst than a single end gear waste the balance gear design and the cost.

             In Master 19 is applied a four channels digital control relays based volume control. .Master 19 has total four channels through changing the DALE resistors to control the volume for avoid channels imbalanced ,achieve the best performance and sound quality of the gear.

             Master 19 have 100 steps volume control, control range achieve 90DB (usually the steps volume ports, potentiometer volume port, relays base volume control all have around 70DB range ), very smooth control range on first 50 steps , cooperate with 20DB high gain, so can very easy adjust the volume for both high / low sensitivity headphone and speakers. While change the volume, the different relays break or close, it may had slightly switch sound on output and disappear while stop change the volume.

             
Supper Exponential volume characteristic                   The Volume steps comparison to normal volume knob       
                                                                             
            

Components:
         Uses all audiophile grade components, including Toshiba transistors, WIMA caps, custom order NOVER (UK brand) caps, all audiophile grade input & output sockets. Master 19 all parts of four channels had exact match before install.

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