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Aragon Stage One

Features

  • THX® Ultra2 Certified
  • High-end 24-bit/192kHz digital/analog convertors
  • Philips ProntoNEO remote control
  • Machined aluminum front panel available in black or silver

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Detailed description

The Stage One is a high-performance, THX® Ultra2 Certified preamplifier/processor/tuner that supports 5.1, 6.1 and 7.1 decoding for today's most popular formats including Dolby Pro Logic II, dtsES-Matrix and Discrete, dtsNEO:6 and THX® Surround EX. The Stage One adheres to Mondial Designs' classic minimalist design approach and THX® Ultra2 specifications, which together ensure the highest level of premium performance and reliability. Not only is the Stage One on the leading-edge of performance, but it is one of the easiest to operate preamplifiers on the market. We ask, what good is a product with the best features and performance if it is so difficult to use that you never enjoy listening?

The Stage One circuitry was designed, above all else, to do no harm to the audio and video signals. Beginning with the audio circuitry from our reference stereo preamp, we designed this model as a multi-channel preamp that can perform as well in a high-end two-channel audio system as it can in a multi-channel music and movie system. High-end 24-bit/192kHz digital/analog convertors are found inside the Stage One along with the capability for 2-channel and 8-channel analog pass-through for use with new multi-channel audio formats like DVD-Audio and Super Audio CD. The intuitive, one-touch user interface not only allows the front panel to be striking without being overloaded with rows and rows of buttons, but it also eliminates the need for on-screen character generators that compromise video signals. Wide bandwidth relays allow HDTV, Component Video, Progressive Scan, composite and S-Video signals to be routed without signal degradation.

The Stage One has a full complement of digital audio, analog audio, video switching and control jack connections including seven A/V inputs and an on-board AM/FM tuner. The large front-panel vacuum tube florescent display adds to the ease-of-operation and a Philips ProntoNEO learning, preprogrammed, touch-panel infrared remote control comes with each unit. In-the-field software upgrades are possible through in-system programmability via the RS-232 port.

The Stage One features a machined aluminum front panel with an engraved Aragon logo and elegant blue LED lighting that perfectly complements the available black or silver finish options. A software controlled dimmer function allows consumers to choose full or half brightness, as well as allowing them to completely turn off the LED lighting.

Specifications

DESIGN 8-ch THX Ultra2 Surround Preamplifier
FREQUENCY RESPONSE 10Hz-100kHz +0/-3dB
DIRECT INPUTS FREQUENCY RESPONSE 10Hz-20kHz +0/-0.2dB
ANALOG INPUTS FREQUENCY RESPONSE 20Hz-20kHz +0/-0.5dB
DIGITAL INPUTS FREQUENCY RESPONSE 20Hz-20kHz +0/-0.5dB
THD <0.02% (20Hz-20kHz)
S/N RATIO 108dB (Direct Inputs)
MAXIMUM OUTPUT 7V rms
DSP ENGINE Motorola 56367
D/A CONVERTERS Crystal 24-bit/192kHz - all 8 channels
ANALOG AUDIO INPUTS 7 Pair Left/Right Gold-plated RCA Phono Jacks
DIGITAL AUDIO INPUTS 7 Coaxial, 3 Toslink Optical
VIDEO INPUTS 7 Composite, 7 S-video, 3 Component Video (HD Compatible)
MULTICHANNEL EXTERNAL AUDIO INPUTS 8-ch via DB-25
ANALOG PREOUTS 8 Gold-plated RCA Phono Jacks
RECORD/TAPE LOOP OUTPUTS 2 Pair Left/Right Gold-plated RCA Phono Jacks
DIGITAL AUDIO OUTPUTS 1 Toslink Optical
VIDEO OUTPUTS 2 Composite, 2 S-video, 1 Component Video (HD Compatible)
COMMUNICATION AND CONTROL RS-232, 12VDC Trigger Out, IR Input
REMOTE CONTROL Philips ProntoNEO Touchpanel Learning
POWER CONSUMPTION 40W
BUILT FROM 2002