EMOTIVA’S BasX PT1 is a bit of an oddball in today’s world. That it’s a DAC-equipped preamp isn’t odd, more manufacturers are going this way with their amps and preamps. But it also has a stereo tuner on board, which is generally the domain of AV amps and American audio enthusiasts. Still, there it is, the BasX PTI preamp/DAC/tuner, which also incorporates a high-resolution asynchronous USB input, built-in AptX capable Bluetooth receiver, and an MM/MC phono section. All you’ll need for the complete connectivity hub!
According to the company, “the highly optimised circuit layout ensures the best possible sound quality, with low distortion, wide bandwidth, and a virtually silent noise floor.”
“Analogue inputs on the BasX PT1 follow a pure analogue signal path and are never converted into the digital domain. All switching, volume control, and tone control in the PT1 is accomplished in the analogue domain.”
Apart from the phono MM/MC input set, two pairs of RCA line-level inputs are also provided. There’s also provision for an external antenna for FM (with 15 station presets).
The heart of the digital section is the legendary Analog Devices AD1955 24/192k DAC. The preamp has, apart from Bluetooth (an antenna is included), coaxial, optical and USB inputs (one each). And an output for headphones.
“An independent, high-current, direct-coupled headphone amplifier provides a high quality signal to drive your favourite headphones for personal listening. The intelligent volume control the levels you set on the headphone output and main outputs independently, ensuring that you won’t get any surprises when connecting and disconnecting your headphones.”
The BasX PT1 can also be used with a powered subwoofer in a 2.1 configured system. The crossover is fixed at 90Hz, along with active 12dB/octave Linkwitz-Riley high-pass and low-pass filters. Bass and treble controls are provided.
The BasX PT1 has a heavy steel 2RU chassis, and a solid milled aluminium front panel, for rugged good looks.
“Top quality construction throughout, including double-sided FR4 circuit boards with plated-through holes, and SMD construction in critical locations, ensures that the PT1 will provide you with a long life of trouble free service.”
Emotiva provides a three-year warranty for the BasX-PT1, which is available now for US$399. Why wait?