14th June 2017, London: Designed by Metaxas and Sins, the Marquis ‘Memento Mori’ is an extraordinary headphone amplifier that combines historic art, contemporary sculpture and cutting-edge audio tech. Featuring a sculpted cranium, CNC-machined from solid aluminium billet, the Marquis ‘Memento Mori’ is a minimalist headphone amplifier and dedicated stand for the design-conscious music lover.
The headphone resurgence shows no signs of abating and now UK headphone aficionados can enjoy both audiophile-grade sound quality and inspiring design, with Metaxas and Sins’ stunning Marquis ‘Memento Mori’. The marque is now available in the UK, following a partnership with leading London high-end headphone specialist Audiosanctuary.
The device’s circuit technology borrows from 25 years of concert recording experience and offers the purest sound with effortless realism. To protect sound quality, the feature set has been kept deliberately minimal. Two contrasting skull-mounted red dials offer volume control and input selection, with the main headphone output connection socket beneath. The cranium’s recessed eye sockets contain VU meters, with each needle reacting to the incoming signal level.
The Marquis ‘Memento Mori’ houses its advanced circuitry within the precision-engineered cranium and features two rear-mounted set of inputs, allowing the connection of two source components, the unit’s power supply is hidden in its CNC-machined base.
Designer Kostas Metaxas, an award winning artist, electrical and recording engineer, magazine editor/publisher and filmmaker/broadcast producer said: “I take every opportunity to infuse art into everyday objects. When I looked at what was being offered on the market, I felt that there was room for something far more inspiring. Life is too short to listen to expensive headphones through a musically uninvolving headphone amplifier. “
Audiosanctuary is the UK’s biggest high-performance headphone and portable audio retailer, has been selected to premiere the Marquis ‘Memento Mori’ in its London showroom and is the first with online ordering. Commenting on the partnership, Audio Sanctuary’s Web Manager Phil Wannell said: “We’re delighted to bring the unique benefits of Metaxas and Sins’ Marquis ‘Memento Mori’ to UK consumers. It is an outstanding piece of design with real audiophile credentials and proves that great hi-fi sound doesn’t mean compromising on aesthetics.”
• Order/demo now at London’s audiosanctuary.co.uk debut demo sample in-store
• High-performance headphone amplifier and headphone stand in one objet d’art
• Combines historic art, contemporary sculpture and cutting-edge audio tech
• Design borrows from 25 years of concert recording experience
• Electronics housed in main cranium, CNC-machined from solid aluminium billet
• Available in five premium finishes with black as standard; finishes add £250
• Can also be used as a preamp for connection to power amps to drive loudspeakers
• Power supply hidden in base to protect signal from interference
• Front-mounted volume and input dials, eye-socket VU meters!Technical specs
Frequency response: DC 5.0MHz (-3dB)
Voltage output: 15V rms per channel (50 ohms) with no more than 0.05% THD
Slew rate: greater than 1000v/us small and large signal
THD: less than 0.05% 20Hz-20kHz
IMD: less than 0.05%
Signal/noise: -117dbv unweighted input shorted
Input impedance: 100 kohmsAudioSanctury's website