The Marqui 'MEMENTO MORI' headphone amplifier
Memento mori means “remember that you must die” in Latin. For men living in antiquity all the way up until the beginning of the 20th century, death was seen as a motivator to live a good, meaningful, and virtuous life. It served to remind us of our own mortality, of our mistakes and failures and of the shortness and fragility of human life.
Memento mori “sculptures” compel us to meditate on the meaning of life.
Many of the obstacles we face in our lives are rather like the waves of the sea: relentless, bleak, repetitive and, ultimately, not responsive to our wishes or longings. But, in the midst of our struggles, we can still appreciate the immense beauty and grandeur of life.
The MARQUIS borrows from over 25 years of concert recording experience with serious headphone monitoring to produce an amplifier with unparalleled transparency and effortless realism. Like all Metaxas & Sins amplifiers, the CNC-machined “head block” can be meticulously finished in a choice of 10 aluminium colours, or automotive painted finishes.
As well as a dedicated headphone amplifier and headphone stand, the MARQUIS also can be used as a minimalist preamplifier with a choice of 2 line-level inputs [RCA connectors] and a set of RCA outputs to connect to a power amplifier to drive a pair of speakers.
The solid CNC-machined base encloses the power supply to keep all stray RFI and noise from the delicate low-level signal stages.
The heart of the MARQUIS is an easily accessible amplifier module on a 9 pin DIN connectors which resides inside an over 15mm thick, CNC-machined cranium. By isolating the heart of the amplifier in this way, we can very easily improve and refine the sound quality as we experiment with passive components - newer , faster or lower noise transistors, resistors, capacitors, printed circuit board dielectrics using purer copper [or silver] tracks. This makes your MARQUIS future-proof.
FREQUENCY RESPONSE: DC - 5.0MHz (-3dB)
VOLTAGE OUTPUT: 15VRMS per channel into 50 Ohms with no more than 0.05% T.H.D.
SLEW RATE: Greater than 1000V/us small and large signal
T.H.D.: Less than 0.05% 20Hz-20KHz
I.M.D.(S.M.P.T.E.): Less than 0.05%
SIGNAL/NOISE: -117DBV unweighted input shorted
INPUT IMPEDANCE: 100kOhms
The Marquis Preamp imposes far less of itself on the signal, handling its chores with near invisibility
KEN KESSLER, HI-FI NEWS & RECORD REVIEW, ENGLAND
The Marquis is as fast as the devil, creates a beautiful aura without any indication of overshoot, has glow and spirit, temperament and cunning. It has fire. In comparison to the Marquis, most so called super-preamps sound waste, flabby, boring.
ULRICH MICHALIK, HI-FI EXCLUSIV, GERMANY
The Marquis constitutes in our opinion, pure gold and is already the reference point in this price category and will not be superseded in a hurry.