The APERIO from Warwick Acoustics launched
May 31, 2019 at 9:49 AM Thread Starter Post #1 of 23

Orazio Pollaci

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Warwick Acoustics officially launched their new flagship integrated headphone system - The APERIO, at the recent High-End Munich Show 2019.


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The APERIO – which comes from the Latin, meaning to uncover, open, reveal, is a literal match for Warwick’s design goal: to reproduce and reveal all recorded audio content definitively, without alteration.

The APERIO has been designed with the most demanding professional audio creators and audiophiles in mind. It is a reference studio monitor headphone system for High-Resolution Audio recording, mixing mastering and production applications. With an integrated reference-performance DAC, analogue and network connectivity, the APERIO can also be used as a stand-alone full function pre-amp at the centre of ultra-high-end audiophile systems.​


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This new reference headphone system delivers the highest level of audio performance possible through the utilisation of the next generation of Warwick’s highly-refined, proprietary electrostatic transducer technology, the Balanced-Drive High Precision Electrostatic Laminate (BD-HPEL) transducer. This technology was originally developed by Warwick Acoustics for its first product, the ground-breaking and multi-award-winning Sonoma Model One headphone system.

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The APERIO features a wide range of inputs, including balanced and unbalanced analogue, AES (AES/EBU), S/DIF Coaxial, USB and Ethernet (LAN). The APERIO is unique in being a fully networkable product that exceeds typical DLNA limitations and allows digital audio reproduction of native or DoP 256 fs DSD and higher sample rate PCM formats to 384 kHz. Within the APERIO all audio signals are kept in their native domain and format: analogue always remains analogue; DSD stays DSD until its final conversion to analogue; PCM sample rates are never converted. The signal path is pure, as direct as possible and unadulterated.
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The APERIO also features an exceptional Line Output section for driving other electronics and sound reproduction components that include outboard amplifiers and loudspeakers.

The APERIO indicates its output level in precise 0.1 dB increments via a front panel full-colour, high-resolution display. This display also alerts the user if any faults such as output clipping, over-heating or disconnected cables are detected.
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The reaction from the press, trade and high-end enthusiasts since the Munich show has been incredible, with many stating that it’s by far the best headphone experience they have ever had.

Below are links to some of the initial press / media reactions that have been released following the Munich High-End 2019 show;

AudioXpress - click here

InnerFidelity - click here

Audiophile Style - click here


The APERIO will retail at GB£20,000 (US$24,000) and Pre-orders are now being taken.

If you would like to learn more about the APERIO and its innovative design and build, please visit our website www.warwickacoustics.com/headphones or alternatively click here to download and view the official APERIO brochure.



APERIO Brochure - Click Here
 

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May 31, 2019 at 11:17 AM Post #2 of 23

roskodan

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Beautiful system. Brochure and web page with on point presentation, detailed info, about what this flagship product is all about. Not excited about the price, but i respect it.
 
May 31, 2019 at 3:24 PM Post #6 of 23

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Why don't people make some decent electrostatic system at a reasonable price like under 3k to get more people using it?
The way all these vendor price these things make Stax look like steal and these new comers will never gain meaningful market share (already a tiny market).
 
May 31, 2019 at 4:14 PM Post #7 of 23

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Why don't people make some decent electrostatic system at a reasonable price like under 3k to get more people using it?
The way all these vendor price these things make Stax look like steal and these new comers will never gain meaningful market share (already a tiny market).
Yeah man we got HE-1, Shangri-La, and now this? Insane.
 
May 31, 2019 at 10:29 PM Post #9 of 23

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This is not Ferrari. Ferrari has history, brand awareness (bragging value), even potential to appreciate in value significantly.
This has none of them. The performance difference between this and a 3k system is not Toyota vs Ferrari.
Even the performance difference between HE-1 vs a 3K system is not comparable to the difference between Ferrari and Toyota.

I am justing pointing out (in my opinion) they (or someone) can approach the market from a different angle instead of trying of using prestige pricing.
 
May 31, 2019 at 10:54 PM Post #10 of 23

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Market drives the price, if no one buys this, and if this unit is just an expensive unit for sake of profit, not the technology and R&D put in it, you should see a significant price drop in the future.
A great example is AK SP1000. Locally when it first came out, they were selling for 4999 AUD, now you can get it for 2000-2999 AUD.

What I'm trying to say is if we can't afford it, don't buy it. If the unit is in fact good, I hope this statement product eventually leads to development of other more affordable unit down the line for others. The first break through is always expensive, what they make of it is the key. If you see just more and more expensive product one after another, than obviously we are not their target audience, and someone is buying it, else no company will just survive on selling 2 units a month.
 
Jun 1, 2019 at 12:58 PM Post #14 of 23

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Just goofy. I can hardly believe you couldn't get any top end amp and $$$ DAC to kill this.
Yeah man, i wonder how much the headphone itself would cost if sold seperately
 

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