Aesthetix president and designer Jim White began his pursuit of the ultimate preamplifier designs over 18 years ago. Jim introduced his Jupiter Series of preamps in 1994. The Io phono stage and Callisto line stage became industry benchmarks, garnering recognition from The Absolute Sound magazine with a Golden Ear Award for the Io and HP Editorís Choice for the Callisto Signature with dual power supplies. These incredible preamps use between 16 and 32 tubes each and in their ultimate configuration, create a six chassis 270lb component preamp. These designs live on with the current top of the line Eclipse models and original owners can still have their Io and Callisto upgraded to the latest models.
Utilizing the knowledge and experience gained in developing his Jupiter series, Jim set out to create the Aesthetix Saturn series in the early 2000s: the Rhea phono stage, Calypso line stage and Janus preamp were the first units in this series. These units quickly gained notoriety as being remarkable performers. Signature upgrades soon followed along with the introduction of the Atlas hybrid power amplifier in mono and stereo form.
Fast forward to 2012 and the official introduction of Jim's Saturn-series digital to analogue converters. The Pandora all-tube USB/SPDIF DAC has already garnered favorable press worldwide and its sister unit the Romulus adds onboard state of the art CD playback capability. Aesthetix also introduced a Signature Upgrade to their popular Atlas Stereo power amplifier in 2012.
Aesthetix is distributed exclusively in the US by Musical Surroundings.