I am the original owner of this Aesthetix Rhea Signature phone preamplifier. The unit is in like new condition. I have the original packaging, remote , power cord and manual. Buyer to pay shipping and Paypal fee. Will be shipped double boxed.
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From the Aesthetix Website Describing the Rhea and the Signature
Rhea is an all-tube phono stage, suitable for moving coil and moving
magnet cartridges. It offers high maximum gain at 75 dB, making it ideal for
low output cartridges. Rhea broke new ground as the first phono stage with 3
phono inputs, the first with gain and loading settings stored in memory for
every input, and the first with full remote control adjustability. Dual-mono
audio boards provide superb channel separation and soundstaging. A cartridge
demagnetizer is a built-in convenience that can also be operated by remote
control. The all-aluminum chassis is designed for rigidity and acoustic
inertness, the brushed anodized panels are beautiful too. Rhea has enjoyed
worldwide acclaim for its sound quality, build quality, flexibility and ease of
Aesthetix Rhea Signature version uses custom-made inter-stage Teflon hybrid
coupling capacitors, replacing the polypropylene units, between the 2nd and
3rd, and 3rd and 4th, gain stages (4 total per channel). The change in these
capacitors results in higher resolution, extension, less grain and more air.
The 2uF coupling capacitor between the 1st and 2nd gain stages is replaced with
a 4uF Dynamicap by Peter Moncrief (1 per channel). This change removes grain
and provides more openness, while also increasing bass dynamics and slam. The
2uF output coupling capacitors (4 per channel) are also replaced with 4uF
Dynamicaps. This change provides more drive, bass extension, resolution and
dynamics while also reducing grain. Highly specialized adjustable air-core
capacitors, used primarily in the radio-frequency realm, are installed and
adjusted to "tweek" each unit to a rigid standard. The five rubber
feet are replaced with Harmonic Resolutions Systems' Nimbus Couplers specially
made for Aesthetix (Earlier Signature Saturn pieces did not incorporate this,
please contact Aesthetix for this free upgrade if you have an earlier Signature
piece without the Nimbus Couplers). This change results in a lower noise floor
and more air and space. The cost of these specialized parts alone is about 1/4
the manufacturing cost of a brand new unit! Any tubes that can be bettered by
our special stock of graded and matched tubes are replaced. Any other
improvements needed to make the unit current are installed, including software
updates, etc. A new lens with "SIGNATURE" stenciled is installed.
Each Signature unit undergoes rigorous test procedures and listening.
From Robert Hartley Absolute Sound Review http://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/tas-196-aesthetix-rhea-signature-phonostage-1/
I was really quite shocked by how much better the Rhea Signature sounded than the standard Rhea. In fact, I had planned on many long sessions of going back and forth between the two products to discern and describe the differences, but quickly realized that was unnecessary. Moreover, I enjoyed music so much through the Signature that it was hard to go back to the standard Rhea.
As great a phonostage as the Rhea is, the Signature version is on another level of performance. Yes, it’s nearly twice the price ($4000 vs. $7000), but the Signature is that much better. If you already own the Rhea, upgrading to the Signature will give you a new perspective on your record collection and favorite music. It did for me.
The metalwork, industrial design, interior layout, and build-quality are exemplary. Moreover, the feature set—three inputs, adjustable gain and loading via remote control, built-in cartridge demagnetizer, balanced outputs—makes the Rhea compatible with a wide range of systems. RH