Estelon Lynx speakers are essentially a marriage of all the best technology in the field of digital audio we could imagine. The core of the audio is HQPlayer from Signalyst what works as a DSD rendering engine, converting everything to a DSD64 stream. An Integrated Roon streaming player acts as a user interface for playback from NAS or Tidal streaming service. The final frontier of the Estelon Intelligent Audio technology is its powerdac - or the absence of it, actually. Estelon Lynx speakers have the DSD stream driving speaker elements directly. As one of the fundamental features of DSD bitstream is its capability to have analog signal reconstructed by simple analog low-pass filtering, Lynxes can get away with no signal processing at the amplification stage whatsoever.
The phase and amplitude accuracy of DSD is comparable to best analog recordings, while the digital domain allows the lossless transport of the data. At any point, by simply re- clocking the bitstream to DSD bitrate, one will get the mesmerizingly close rendering of the original recording (if it started its life as DSD, of course). The audio data transport in Estelon Lynx takes place wirelessly, over the 2Ghz and 5Ghz Wi- Fi network while a dedicated radio chipset constantly aligns the phase and timing of the DSD clock pulses on all the speakers connected to the system. In Estelon Intelligent Audio, reclocking of the DSD data is done with sub-picosecond jitter precision, while the synchronization between the channels over the air is approaching the sub-microsecond domain. This signal is then run through a precision FET driver bridge connected directly to the speaker (analog) crossover. It is difficult to imagine a shorter and more lossless signal path in the analog or digital world of audio. This approach to digital audio is the most suited to the hardcore audiophile there can be, and the sound you get this way is in some sense even closer to analog than analog itself.
Tallinn-based Estelon is renowned worldwide as one of the best high-end designer audio brands. The brand's most recent Model YB received the Red Dot award 2017 for product design while the company's flagship loudspeaker, the Estelon Extreme, scooped the Best of Innovation Award 2015 in the High-Performance Audio and Video category at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Other Estelon products have also won numerous editor's choice and best performance awards around the world. The Estelon Intelligent Audio technology facilitates wireless transmission of top-quality audio without any additional equipment. The cornerstone of Estelon Intelligent Audio is its unique signal chain that uses DSD bit-stream to directly drive each loudspeaker without any signal conversion or further processing. This approach is the pure audiophile equivalent of classic "as short as possible" signal chain, delivering an uncompromised precise soundstage. The innovative technology used by Estelon Lynx that for the first time previewed in Munich removes the need for extra equipment because all functions that were previously performed by amplifiers and other devices or components are now executed within Estelon Lynx, using the features of tomorrow's technology and software.
According to Alfred Vassilkov, Founder and Chief Designer of Estelon, it marks the beginning of a new era in the global audio industry by changing our concept of listening to quality music. "From the moment of their creation, Estelon's goal has been to make the best speakers in the world. With Estelon Intelligent Audio technology, we open a door to the future, responding to people's need to experience pure high-end audio through a wireless and intelligent system. Estelon innovative hardware and software solutions make it easier than ever to have a superb musical experience. We knew what we wanted to achieve when we started developing it, but at each step of the way we had to invent something new and push the limits of audio technology." - said Vassilkov.
In order to control Estelon Intelligent Audio technology, you only need to connect the speakers with the power cable and everything else happens inside the Estelon Lynx. You can directly play music from a portable device or over Internet-based music streaming services, using the specially developed Estelon app. The elimination of extra equipment results in a clear and natural sound, providing a perfect, energetic and detailed concert experience within your home. In addition to unrivaled technical quality, Estelon Lynx also represents ideal aesthetic harmony. The appearance of the speakers is based on high-end design, and the speakers can also acoustically adapt to the surrounding room through height adjustment. This creates the best possible soundscape for the listener. The height adjustment function is available through Estelon's smart app.
Estelon Lynx speakers can already be pre-ordered online and shipping begins in September 2017. The speakers are available in a white pearl/black matte or ultimate black gloss/black matte combination of finishes. Customers can also choose between the version with a diamond tweeter (€50000 in EU) or with a beryllium tweeter (€40000 in EU). Estelon Lynx marks the beginning of Estelon Intelligent Speakers. The next big announcement would be the Estelon Extreme Legacy Edition marking the diamond jubilee of the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts Club on 23-25 June 2017 for the RREC Annual Rally Weekend at Burghley House in England. Estelon has also announced plans to launch a smaller edition of the intelligent speakers next year which would retail around €20000. The official launch of the Estelon Lynx will follow around the world, dates will be announced soon. Info and photos by Estelon.