“It’s not an uncommon recipe – integrated, hybrid, with loads of options – but the execution of this fabulous-sounding amplifier means that the Mimas is a triumph, and must be added to any shortlist of sub-£10k all-singing/all-dancing amps.” So says Ken Kessler in the lastest issue of Hi-Fi News.
California-based boutique brand Aesthetix has long been known for its very-high-performance audio, and a number of its covetable separates have found their way into the reference systems of several renowned audio magazines and reviewers.
But, while size may not be everything, it’s certainly a consideration for most of us in our compact modern homes and so Aesthetix fans took to badgering the brand for an integrated model. “We listened, and got to work,” says company head and chief designer Jim White.
Aesthetix’ new Mimas integrated amplifier was conceived to bridge the gap between ultra high-end separates and mass market components, and is intended for high performance audio and home cinema systems. Capable of 150W into 8 ohms, and nearly double that into 4 ohms, it is a hybrid design with a valve input stage and a solid-state output stage. Typical of Aesthetix, it also sports a veritable raft of features and technologies that are “music to a purist’s ear,” notes Kessler.
In essence, the Mimas is a “merged version” of the brand’s Calypso and Atlas pre and power amplifiers, which, if you’re familiar with that duo, will give you some indication of the level of quality and sheer precision on offer here. In short, it leaves nothing to desire.
“I cannot overstate how fully-equipped this amplifier is,” writes Kessler. And the sound? The Mimas “treated me to some of the richest bass I’ve ever heard from a hybrid… where the solid state aspect showed its command was in the crispness of the percussion… the backing vocalists spread out across the room… piano so far stage left it was in another room… conveyed air and space… its soundstage is one that ignores walls… all the majesty of 100 musicians.”
Read Ken Kessler’s review in full in the March 2019 issue of Hi-Fi News.
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