When death reminds you to live, the Marquis headphone amplifier does it with style. Eccentric artist Kostas Metaxas presented us with his unique take on a very utilitarian subject - the headphone amplifier. A contemporary sculpture with cutting-edge technology, his latest Marquis is a sublime, minimalist preamplifier and headphone amplifier designed for music-loving audiophiles who require few functions but insist on the purest sound.
Memento mori means "remember that you must die" in Latin. For men living in antiquity all the way up until the beginning of the 20th century, death was seen as a motivator to live a good, meaningful, and virtuous life. It served to remind us of our own mortality, of our mistakes and failures and of the shortness and fragility of human life. Memento mori "objects of art" compel us to meditate on the meaning of life.
"I take every opportunity to infuse art into everyday objects. When I looked at what was being offered on the market, and the resurgence in serious headphones sales, I felt that there was room for something far more inspiring. Life is too short to listen to expensive headphones through an musically uninvolving headphone amplifier." - said Kostas Metaxas.
The Marquis borrows from over 25 years of concert recording experience with serious headphone monitoring to produce an amplifier with unparalleled transparency and effortless realism. Like all Metaxas amplifiers, the CNC-machined 'head block' can be meticulously finished in a choice of 10 aluminium colours, or automotive painted. As well as a dedicated headphone amplifier and headphone stand, the Marquis can also be used as a minimalist preamplifier with a choice of 3 line-level inputs and a set of RCA outputs to connect to a power amplifier to drive a pair of speakers.
Kostas Metaxas is a magazine editor, film producer, and art and technology enthusiast. His recent projects, among others, include precious gold and platinum "Haute Creation" fountain pens and lighter art-objects for Paris-based S.T. Dupont, a collection of Tourbillion Table Clocks for Swiss brand Matthew Norman and a range of audio amplifier sculptures that wouldn't seem out of place in an art gallery. Info and photos by Metaxas.