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Aragon and Acurus

 
 


 

                         THE ACURUS/ ARAGON STORY: A LEGACY LIVES ON

 

When it comes to separate components -- particularly hefty power amplifiers -- the landscape of choices seems to have devolved into two general categories: 1.) The value brands that take over where A/V receivers leave off and 2.) the ultra high-end gear that only the most affluent among us can afford.

The former are typically built in Asia, somewhat detracting from the traditional cachet associated with muscle amps. The latter are generally built in North America to a very high and consistent standard, but cost an arm and a leg.

The momma bear amps -- those aimed at the "just right"-high-performance middle ground (remember Proceed?) -- have, for the most part, faded from the playing field. That is where Acurus and Aragon come in.

BACK STORY

 

 

Over 20 years ago ,what the world need was a reasonably priced amplifier that sounded as good as class A amps  even though it was not and could drive any speaker load ..Impossible scoffed the critics! and it was, until Dan D'agostino of Krell and Momentum fame got togeather with a couple of sharp Hifi salesmen and created the original Aragon Amps.No, They did not sound as good as the Krell class A amps -but they were  the next best thing and for years Aragon was to the go-to solid state amplifier  for anyone on a relative budget.Aragon maintained that position for years but lost it after  it was sold to a large speaker manufacturer who did not know what to do with this inexpensive jewel.So they closed down the Aragon divison,

Finally some really ingenious gentlemen from Indy Labs - a high end oem manufacturer bought out the rights to make Aragon amps,tooled up and started making a vastly improved version a few months ago right here in the US of A.

How do they sound? like the next best thing to a real class A power amp at 1/3 of the price!

Funny how the world gets around to needing the same thing over and over again!


,As before, Aragon represents the step-up from Acurus with a 400W (800W into 2 ohms) monoblock,the Iridium, evolved from its revered predecessor, the Palladium and a world class   a 200W dual mono model designated as the 8008.


There is also a 200W dual mono model designated as the 8008.
  400W (800W into 2 ohms) monoblock  , evolved from its revered predecessor.


ARAGON


 

 is the convergence of art and engineering executed with elegant simplicity. Aragon components are characterized by:

  • Extreme performance
  • Authentic reproduction
  • Elegant aesthetic
  • Reliable construction
  • Intuitive operation

From the feel of the sculpted aluminum chassis to the sound of the music, the Aragon experience is based on the reality of quality. Aragon is still fully designed and handcrafted in America and internationally acclaimed as the highest quality and finest value attainable in performance audio and video.

Aragon introduced its new line of products in 2012 to carry on the proud tradition of performance and Made in America quality and reliability. Starting with the Iridium, our flagship 400W monoblock amplifier, and the 8008 (mk III), our 200W dual monoblock amplifier, we've brought back the same no-compromise, high-value aapproach to modern entertainment electronics perfected by Mondial Designs. 

 


 

ARAGON 8008

 

The flagship 2-channel amplification from Aragon, the 8008 is our latest Dual Monoblock Amplifier.  The next generation of it's coveted predecessor, the Palladium, an 8008 drives the most demanding stereo setup with ease.  It also provides seriously capable pairs of channels for world-class surround setups.

Inside and out, every detail has been precisely engineered to consistently deliver the ultimate in audio reproduction, year after year.  The 8008 is a natural choice to hear what a pair of exceptional-quality loudspeakers can deliver.

Specification Primary Measurement Secondary Measurement
power output 200W into 8 ohms, stereo 400W into 4 ohms, mono
THD <0.015% <0.03%
frequency response 5Hz to 20kHz +0/-0.1dB 5Hz to 100kHz +0/-1.2dB 
tim/dim distortion 0.003%  
s/n 110dB,A-weighted  
damping factor 400, 8 ohms @ 50Hz  
input sensitivity 1W: 120mV (SE & Balanced) 200W: 1.7V (SE & Balanced)
input impedance 46kohms (SE), 70k (bal)  
ethernet/RS-232 status & control of standby/on  
12V standby/on control  
inputs gold-plated, panel-mounted RCA jacks XLR balanced jacks
outputs 2 sets gold-plated, insulated speaker binding posts  
power consumption standby: 1W idle: 120W max: 1500W
physical 6.75''(17.1cm) x 19''(48.3cm) x 15''(38.1cm) 64lbs (29.2kg)
colors black or silver with satin anodized finish laser-etched logo
shipping carton 12'' (30.5cm) x 22''(55.9cm) x 24''(61cm) 71lbs (32.2kg)

 

 ARAGON IRIDIUM

The ultimate in amplification from Aragon, the Iridium is our new flagship Differential Monoblock Amplifier.  A natural evolution from its revered predecessor, the Palladium, two Iridiums form the heart of a serious 2-channel setup.

Inside and out, every detail has been precisely engineered to consistently deliver the ultimate in audio reproduction, year after year.  The Iridium is a natural choice to ensure you can hear the best performance a high-quality loudspeaker can deliver.

 

 

 

specifications

 

Specification Primary Measurement Secondary Measurement
power output 400W into 8 ohms, mono 600W into 4 ohms, mono
THD <0.02% <0.03%
frequency response 5Hz to 20kHz +0/-0.1dB  
tim/dim distortion 0.010%  
s/n 112dB,A-weighted  
damping factor 200, 8 @ 50Hz  
input sensitivity 1W: 60mV (SE & Balanced) 400W: 1.2V (SE & Balanced)
input impedance 15kohms (SE), 45k (bal)  
ethernet/RS-232 status & control of standby/on  
12V standby/on control  
inputs gold-plated, panel-mounted RCA jacks XLR balanced jack
outputs 2 sets gold-plated, insulated speaker binding posts  
power consumption standby: 1W idle: 120W max: 1500W
physical 6.75''(17.1cm) x 19''(48.3cm) x 15''(38.1cm) 64lbs (29.2kg)
colors black or silver with satin anodized finish laser-etched logo
shipping carton 12'' (30.5cm) x 22''(55.9cm) x 24''(61cm) 68lbs (30.8kg)

 

 



 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 


ACURUS 2000 SERIES....

ACCURACY AND MUSICALITY FROM THE USA

 

 

 

The two-channel utility player in the Acurus A2000 series is the A2002. This amplifier provides the basis for a value-priced high-end stereo setup or a 2-channel zone amplifier for a multi-room system rack.

An innovative ethernet control and status port is now standard on all Acurus products. This feature enhances performance and ease of use well beyond the traditional one-way 12V trigger.

Benefits:

  • high-quality, high-value stereo amplification
  • fully-discrete analog amplifier design
  • ideal companion for a high-performance 2-channel preamp or DAC
  • great add-on for enhancing the stereo experience from a multichannel-AVR
  • stand-alone or rack-mount capable with optional rack mount kit
  • intelligent, flexible, 2-way ethernet-based control and status monitoring
  • readily interfaces with popular home control solutions
  • solid American engineering and construction
  • THX Ultra2-certified

 

The A2005 is our five-channel home theater amplifier in the Acurus series. The A2005 is the core of a high-value home theater system that still delivers an uncompromising 2-channel music experience.

The A2005's ethernet status and control port provides a powerful tool for optimizing and enjoying a modern multi-channel home entertainment system.

Benefits:

  • high-quality, high value multichannel amplification
  • fully-discrete analog amplifier design
  • ideal companion for a high-performance multi-channel pre-amp processor
  • great add-on for enhancing the performance from a multichannel-AVR
  • stand-alone or rack-mount capable with optional rack mount kit
  • intelligent, flexible, 2-way ethernet-based control and status monitoring
  • readily interfaces with popular home control solutions
  • solid American engineering and construction
  • THX Ultra2-certified

 

 

 

 


THE SOON TO BE RELEASED:

ACT IV PRE/PRO

 

specification 

Frequency response direct, digital & analog: 20Hz to 20kHz ± 0.1dB
Max output 7V RMS
THD < 0.02% (20Hz to 20kHz)
S/N 112 dB, A-weighted
Power consumption standby: < 1W
  max: 40W
Ethernet/RS-232 status & control of standby/on
  channel configuration & processing mode
  basic audio functions, source select, setup
12V standby/on control
IR 3 IR inputs, 1 IR output
USB 2 ports
Unit Dimensions 5.25"(13.3 cm) x 17"(30.5 cm) x 15"(38.1 cm)
Unit Weight 30 lbs (13.6 kg)
Finish black satin anodized finish, laser-etched logo
Shipping carton 10"(25.4 cm) x 22"(55.9 cm) x 20"(50.8 cm)
Carton weight 37 lbs (16.7 kg)
Rack mount kit optional

inputs

Analog audio 6 L/R RCA pairs, AM/FM tuner
Digital audio 6 coax, 6 optical
Analog Video 5 component, 1 composite, 1 s-video
Digital Video 5 HDMI (1.4a)

outputs

Analog audio 9 RCA pre-outs, 1 L/R RCA recording
Digital audio 1 coax, 1 optical
Analog video 1 component
Digital video 1 HDMI (1.4a)