B.M.C. Audio, a maker of high-performance, audiophile-grade components, is introducing two new products this week at the International CES in Las Vegas.
The first is the AMP CS2, an integrated, stereo power amplifier. The CS2 stands apart with the inclusion of three technologies unique to B.M.C.
The first, Load Effect Free (LEF) Technology, handles a speaker’s current demand separately from the voltage demand. This helps the amplifier achieve high output and high-quality reproduction. It provides a top-level signal without loading the signal transistors. This promises to decrease distortion and increases efficiency. The result, according to the company, is a level of musical complexity that brings to life delicate details, rock-shaking power, high dynamics, sonic vitality, and accurate imaging.
Current Injection (CI) Technology processes the input current from a signal source through a special XLR-CI input and the amplifier’s circuitry until it attains the desired output voltage for the loudspeakers, increasing the purity of the amplified signal and the immediacy of its musical reproduction, by skipping any gain stage and using an original source signal.
Digital Intelligent Gain Management (DIGM) is a volume and amplification control system that recalibrates gain without dividing and downgrading the input signal. It lets users adjust left/right output balances in 66 1-decibel increments. It also avoids unnecessary attenuation of the input signal and excessive amplification, eliminates the need for a preamp circuit, and allows a DAC or other sound sources to directly connect to the amplifier. Less amplification means less distortion and noise, which leads to a more natural musical quality.
The CS2 is solidly built out of aluminum and other high-quality materials. The front panel features large power and volume knobs, as well as an easy to read power meter. Rear-panel connections include two pairs of balanced XLR-CI inputs, three pairs of unbalanced RCA inputs, two pairs of speaker outputs, an optical input and output for stereo operation, and an AC power connection.
Users can take advantage of a built-in upgrade option by combining the CS2 with a B.M.C. DAC, transforming it into a stereo power amp.
Which takes us to B.M.C.’s other new offering, the PureDAC.
The PureDAC is the first in B.M.C.’s new PureLine Series of components that aim to be more affordable than the brand’s Reference Series. Upcoming components include the PurePhono Preamplifier and PureMono Amplifier.
The PureDAC’s headphone amplifier and preamp both have separate volume controls and also employ B.M.C.’s exclusive Load Effect Free (LEF) technology. The preamp is integrated with the DAC’s current-to-voltage converter, which converts and filters the DAC’s current, eliminating the need for an extra stage.
The PureDAC also boasts a high-resolution asynchronous USB interface, digital AES/EBU, Toslink and coaxial inputs, balanced analog outputs, RCA output jacks, and a special B.M.C. link for connecting directly to a B.M.C. amplifier. Its balanced output is ideally compatible with amplifiers featuring B.M.C.’s exclusive Current Injection (CI) technology, which enhances signal purity and the musical presence of the PureDAC’s audio reproduction.
The AMP CS2 is available now from authorized B.M.C. dealers for an MSRP of $8,390 while the PureDAC is slated to drop at the end of Q1, and is anticipated to come in below $1,600.