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AURALiC go lifestyle with Gemini 1000 / 2000

  • AURALiC have jumped into bed with Klutz Design to produce the Gemini 2000 and 1000. AURALiC refers to them as ‘headphone docks’ but the sculpted design promises considerably more than a stand and cable tidy for your ‘phones. Encased in the Swedish CanCans shell are 1) an SD Extended Capacity (SXDC) card reader, 2) a DXD/DSD-compliant DAC and 3) a Class A headphone amplifier. Model numeration refers to maximum mW headphone output with the Gemini 2000 employing a fully-balanced design.

    The base of the Gemini is milled from brass and houses balanced (4-pin) and single-ended (quarter inch) headphone connectors, USB, SDXC card slot, phone jack input, ‘niceness’ volume control, input selector, power on/off and power socket. The base also handles heat dissipation – apparently it’s better than aluminium in this regard – as well as volume and sample rate display.


    More vital statistics…

    • 30 cm tall
    • 3 kg
    • hand-polished lacquer finish
    • five colour options (black, white, red, yellow and blue)
    • 20 Hz – 20 KHz frequency range
    • max storage 2 TB
    • THD: <0.001% for Gemini 2000 and <0.002% for Gemini 1000

    The GEMINI 2000 and 1000 will be available from November with RRPs of US$1995 and US$995 respectively.

    Further information: AURALiC / Addicted To Audio

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    1. This just seems like an utterly daft idea. `Audiophiles’ love to mix and match components in the search for audio nirvana, so this integrated solution won’t appeal to us, unless of course aesthetics and interior design credibility override sonics.

      • Not all audiophiles are the same: the Gemini might not appeal to *you* but I reckon it will to many other folk. Aesthetics matter to many.

        • You may well be right, but surely the pricing for this is way too high, as a small integrated headphone amp/DAC and headphone stand can be acquired for far less than $1,000 USD.

          • But that also depends how this package compares *sonically* to a separates solution. The CanCans stand alone is 380Euros/~US$540 so that only leaves around $500 for DAC, head-amp and interconnect.

            • Only an exceptionally well heeled `audiophile’ would pay 540 USD for a wooden painted headphone stand regardless of how aesthetically pleasing it appears. Moreover, will these products sound as sonically competent as the Resonessence Concero HP (823 USD) or the W4S uDAC-HD (499 USD) plus a less decorative yet functional headphone stand? I seriously doubt it, though it would make a very interesting comparative test John.

    2. Auralic is generally well ragarded among audio-snobs, but the Gemini 2000 model costs about US$500 more than a Fostex HP-A8 which is a damn good DSD capable Amp/PreAmp/DAC by most standards. The Gemini 2000 is also about a hundred bucks more than a Burson Conductor, another highly regarded Amp/DAC. For that price, the Gemini had better sound at least as good or better.

      I agree that it’s a fine looking unit, but it’s all about the sonic performance at the end of the day for me. Auralic would need to pull-off some serious engineering voodoo if they intend to match systems in that particular price range.

      Having a fancy stand isn’t so important to me, though I suppose it would appeal to Bang & Olufsen fans. Lets hope the Gemini sounds better than B&O products.

      • I hear ya Gan Solo. I met with Xuanxian Wang from AURALiC this weekend. He’s quite upfront about this being more of a lifestyle unit than one for diehard audiophiles.

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