“The Niimbus brand and product line is intended to serve the absolute high-end market with its special needs in a targeted manner,” says Fried rhyme by Lake Peoplewho is still active in the company after the company takeover by cma audio GmbH last year. In addition to Lake People (focus on professional users) and Violectric (hi-fi / high-end), the younger Niimbus brand is uncompromisingly aimed at the high-end area. The flagship headphone amplifier Niimbus US 5 and Niimbus US 5 Pro are the latest litters from Konstanz.
Technical similarities: Niimbus US 5 and Niimbus US 5 Pro
What both headphone amplifiers have in common is that they are hidden behind a ten millimeter thick, black anodized front panel Dual mono construction with 50 volts operating voltage. Four amplifier stages, which are flanked by a filter capacity of over 50,000 microfarads, are, according to Niimbus, for an output power of up to 7000 milliwatts into 50 ohms Good. Headphones of all types should therefore feel comfortable at the 6.3 mm jack connections or 4-pin XLR or 4.4 mm Pentaconn outputs – regardless of whether they are dynamic or magnetostatically motorized. as Preliminary stages and control centers for the central hi-fi system, the Niimbus US 5 and the US 5 Pro should also be ideally suited due to their various interfaces and the included remote controls, says the manufacturer.
Differently designed volume control
With the Niimbus US 5, the volume is classically controlled by a high-quality, motorized Potentiometer regulated. The Niimbus US 5 Pro, on the other hand, comes with a technically more complex one Relay controlled attenuator (RCA): Via microcomputers, wear-free reed relays and a network of fixed resistors 256 discrete volume levels realizable with a step size of 0.4 dB. According to Niimbus, this solution delivers “the greatest possible accuracy without signal coloring”.
The Niimbus US 5 and Niimbus US 5 Pro headphone amplifiers – both come with a metal remote control – can be tested in specialist shops from the beginning of August. At home they then take for 4,999 euros (US 5) respectively 5,499 euros (US 5 Pro) their own headphones on a leash.