SW1X Audio Design™ Performance Level System
Very few products on the market can be considered to be truly without compromise. Some manufacturers do not recognise the significance of components and material quality, some are more concerned with profit making rather than the quality of sound but in many cases it is simply due to budgetary constraints. Contrary to that, the product range of SW1X Audio Design™ is built around musical performance levels from which we developed a product range and with their corresponding price levels. The ultimate objective is to allow our customers and dealers to select and build systems of superior sound quality and longer lasting value. The performance level system is created to demonstrate that increases in price correspond with suitable improvements in sound quality.
In essence, SW1X Audio Design™ Performance Level is an indicator of the quality of sound our customers can expect from the SW1X Audio Design™ product they are looking at. The goal is to help you in your search for the highest level of sound quality for your money. SW1X Audio Design™ products are offered on 5 performance/price levels. At each performance level, we offer products usually in 4 versions: Signature, Balanced, Special and Standard – all versions are sharing similar circuit design but differ in the tube amplification topology, sophistication of power supplies, material & components quality.
The difference between each performance level is predominantly defined by the sophistication of High Voltage and Low Voltage power supplies as well as by the components & material quality. At higher performance levels the power supplies have further improved filtering, more independent rails and also utilise more exotic components (better sounding conductors, better resistors and capacitors) by default. Higher performance levels pass even more low level musical information (better dynamics, harmonics and more balanced tonality) and therefore provide even more refinement and musicality especially when partnered with other high performance equipment. Every component and material is carefully selected and harmonically matched to maximise the musicality at each performance level.
While the Standard version comes with very high quality components, Signature version uses the finest components available taking the Standard version to another level of performance. Since there is nothing left to upgrade, Signature version is what we consider timeless. Balanced version uses signal output transformer de-coupled topology and provides two type of signal outputs: true balanced and also single ended. Special version is a version that has specially selected materials & components graded between Standard and Signature version (with custom options), features improved power supply and shares some of the technological aspects borrowed from higher performance level.
In essence, SW1X Audio Design™ Performance Level is an indicator of the quality of sound our customers can expect from the SW1X Audio Design™ product they are looking at.
Each corresponding performance level is priced accordingly (the more musical performance, the higher the cost of the materials and components, the higher the price).
Current DAC products graded according to their performance: