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Winner of The 2012 Absolute Sound Editor's Choice Award! 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 Titan series of products presented us with a significant engineering challenge; to create truly high end products at entry level prices. We believe we have succeeded! The Titan series offers outstanding performance and build quality that is accessible to almost anyone with a love for great sounding music. Entirely hand built in the USA, the Titan products are assembled to the same exacting standards as our most expensive amplifiers. Since their introduction last year they have won numerous industry awards. Magnum Upgrade Details The "MAGNUM" versions of the Titan series features significant parts upgrades that improve performance in your Atlas, Metis or Cronus in a number of important ways. Increased transparency, greater dynamics, improved bass and high frequency response, as well as a smoother and more refined presentation are all part of the Magnum upgrade. The extensive power supply mods permit the use of the KT120 power tube which increases the rated output power of the Atlas and Cronus to 90WPC! Please note that all of our current products other than the Titan series already use Magnum type parts. The Magnum package consist of the following modifications:
  • Larger power supply
  • Power supply mods
  • Larger coupling capacitors
  • Cardas output wiring
  • Polypropylene byass capacitors
  • Precision Dale-Vishay resistors in critical spots
  • HexFred diodes
  • Gold tube sockets
  • Magnum logo on faceplate
  • Soundstage Review At its $995 price, no one would expect the Rogue Audio Metis to rate as a state-of-the-art preamp. However, it is remarkably good and a tremendous value. It’s noteworthy that any manufacturer, Chinese or otherwise, can pack this many useful features into a good-sounding, good-looking, sub-$1100 preamp. The Metis’s open-sounding line stage has dynamite drive and momentum, along with killer bass. The phono stage is very smooth, with good timbral accuracy, while the headphone amp drives difficult loads with room to spare. The noise level could be lower, but if you select an amplifier with a moderate input sensitivity, like Rogue Audio’s Atlas (1V sensitivity) and avoid super-high-sensitivity speakers, noise should not be a problem. TAS Review Many manufacturers claim to build “high-end” components at budget prices, but Rogue’s Metis preamp is one of the very few with the sonic goods to back up that claim. In fact, the Metis is the best sub-$1000 preamp I’ve ever heard, and it not only sounds good but also is well made. (It may be relatively inexpensive, but in no way is it “cheap.”) Pair the Metis with today’s best affordable power amplifiers, and you’ll have system electronics that offer mind-blowing sonic refinement per dollar. User Manual
  • All precision components
  • Built in bias meter on amplifiers makes biasing a snap
  • Fully tested, burned in, and auditioned
  • Available in Anodized Black or Natural Silver
  • Power requirements: 115V/60Hz
  • 3 year limited warranty (6 months on tubes)

  • Technical Data:
  • (2) 6SN7 line stage tubes
  • 12 dB gain line stage
  • Slow start feature extends tube life
  • Solid state phono w/ 35dB gain (before preamp)
  • Headphone amplifier
  • (3) line level inputs, (1) phono input
  • (1) variable output, (1) fixed output
  • 18” W X 12.5” D X 4.5” H
  • 16 lbs (22 lbs shipping weight)
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