Comments from Rogue
Vacuum tube audio amplifiers have long been recognized by the audio community as providing significantly better sonics than solid state transistor-based designs. Unfortunately, well designed vacuum tube products are much more expensive to produce than their solid state counterparts. As a result, this superior technology has only been available to a small but fortunate group of audio enthusiasts. Enter Rogue Audio.
Our amplifier designs combine the finest in tube-circuit topology with meticulously engineered circuit layout to achieve superior performance. Unflagging attention to the integrity of the audio signal path and power supplies results in truly superior designs. The most discriminating audiophile will delight in the impeccable fidelity of recordings reproduced through our amplifiers.
The matchless quality of Rogue amplifiers is obvious at first glance. However, Rogue’s quality is not just skin deep. Ultra-high tolerance components, two-ounce copper circuit boards, and silver plated switches are just a few of the many features which separate Rogue products from the competition. Our amplifiers have been designed to be extremely reliable. Electronic components are rated far beyond their intended use, and only the highest quality components are incorporated into our designs. The rugged aluminum chassis are treated to resist scratching and corrosion and the machined aluminum faceplate and knobs are anodized to protect their appearance.
At Rogue Audio, we believe that a truly great performing amplifier should dress the part. And from the heavy aluminum faceplate and knobs to the gold connectors in the rear, Rogue amplifiers speak to the audiophile’s aesthetic sense. Our expressive appearance is the brainchild of world class industrial designers who have created a perfect unity of form and function. The sophisticated styling and elegant lines of our amplifiers are intended to please the upscale tastes of high-end devotees.
High-end amplifiers typically command stratospheric prices. Rogue Audio was founded on the belief that great amplifiers can be designed and manufactured at affordable prices. Rogue products provide outstanding value with performance that rivals the very best amplifiers at any price. Our amplifiers are engineered using a quality-by-design philosophy, and every one of our components is hand assembled and tested by highly skilled technicians and engineers. The confidence we have in our products is evidenced by a generous warranty that is certain to please today’s quality-conscious consumer.Perseus Details
With newly updated circuitry including a much larger power supply, the 2009 Perseus is even better than ever. With astonishing accuracy, the Perseus reference preamplifier reveals all of the nuance and detail previously hidden in your recordings. The deep taught bass and sparkling highs are recreated with surgical precision. A sublimely smooth yet uncolored midrange provides the basis for musical experiences you will wish never to end. Equally impressive are the rock solid imaging and deep soundstage that provide unparalleled musical presence.
The Perseus is a feature rich preamplifier that includes a four tube line stage and an excellent high gain phono section. The phono section is user adjustable and compatible with almost all of todays high performance moving coil and moving magnet cartridges. Other features include a home theater bypass, metal remote control, subwoofer output, auto mute function and a slow start feature to prolong tube life. In keeping with Rogue Audio’s “quality by design” philosophy, only the finest components are used in the construction of the Perseus. Gold and silver abound as do ultra-high tolerance resistors, polypropylene capacitors, gold/ceramic tube sockets and all of the other exotic componentry so important to discerning audiophiles,. And to complete the picture, all of these technical features are captured in a sophisticated chassis design that artfully displays the exacting electronics contained within.Perseus Magnum Upgrades:Larger power supply
Power supply upgrades
Hex Fred high speed diodes
Coupling cap upgrades
Polypropylene byass capacitors in filters
PRP resistors in critical spots
Upgraded 12AU7 tubes
Cardas output wiringHome Theater Hifi Review
Lately, I've enjoyed reviewing the convenience of integrated amplifiers, and with so many exceptional pieces, I've shunned the need for a separate preamplifier. Oh, what I was missing! The phono stage, especially, can certainly make the difference on a modest turntable, elevating it to "much better".
Those who simply cannot find space for a separate two-channel system can add the benefits from this analog source easily with the HT Bypass feature. Although I spent most of my time with the Perseus in a separate room with a two-channel system, placing it in my solid-state surround sound greatly improved the system with more character, dimension, texture, and an overall timbral balance. It's literally painful to remove it from that system. If your motive is the same as mine, you want the pure enjoyment of music.
You've heard this before about components and you'll hear it again - the Rogue Audio Perseus is a bargain for a preamplifier of this caliber.User Manual