Orchard Audio Starkrimson Stereo Ultra Modular Amplifier: 500 W per channel on GAN transistors
Starkrimson continues to build full-size solid-state audio components based on its compact modules — this time, the Starkrimson Stereo Stereo window is presented. It was preceded by Starkrimson Mono integrated amplifier.
The Stereo Ultra amplifier module circuit, patented by Starkrimson leader Leo Ayzenshtat, uses a balanced double-feedback modulator and a new generation of gallium nitride (GaN) transistors. Very fast GAN switching allows you to use a simple LC filter. In turn, this practically negates the phase shift that is problematic for Class D systems.
Starkrimson Stereo Ultra delivers up to 500 watts per channel (1000 watts peak) and 20 A. At the same time, according to the company, THD remains better than 0.08% in the range of 20 Hz – 20 kHz for 4-ohm speakers.
The 4-layer printed circuit board of the modules is made on the basis of an improved dielectric and gold-plated conductors. The amplifier components are loosely housed in an aluminum and steel enclosure with gold-plated terminals and high-end connectors. The front panel can be black or silver.
The amplifier will be released in August and will be available in three input switching options: balanced XLR, unbalanced RCA, or both. In the latter case, the price will increase by $150.
The Orchard Audio Starkrimson Stereo Ultra is now available in the US with a pre-order for $2,000. Amplifier modules can also be purchased separately.