Nuclear Powered Preamp Promises Incredibly Excessive Accuracy With a Built-in Atomic Clock

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Audiophiles are always on the hunt for the most over-the-top setup to impress and make other audiophiles jealous. And there's now a nuclear option in the audiophile arms race with this DAC featuring a built-in rubidium-powered atomic clock promising incredibly accurate and stable digital to analog conversions, and vice versa.

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Antelope Audio's upcoming Rubicon Atomic Preamp includes a nuclear clock that's claimed to be "100,000 times more stable than a traditional crystal oscillator." Which promises to improve sound quality when the amp is performing digital to analog and analog to digital conversions by reining in jitter. To be honest, like a lot of audiophile-grade gear it sounds a little gimmicky, but apparently similar atomic master clocks are used in professional mastering studios so there's presumably some validity to the company's claims.

As for pricing, that's still to be revealed as the Rubicon isn't officially being introduced until a high-end audio tradeshow in Munich next month. But since it's being targeted at audiophiles with their seemingly unlimited budgets, thousands and thousands and thousands of dollars is probably a safe guestimate.

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[Antelope Audio via Home Theater Review via Dvice]

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This isn't "Nuclear Powered" in any conventional sense. It has an "atomic clock", but Rb isn't radioactive.

If only the Gizmodo editors had access to wikipedia.

[en.wikipedia.org]

[en.wikipedia.org]

"The principle of operation of an atomic clock is not based on nuclear physics, but rather on atomic physics and using the microwave signal that electrons in atoms emit when they change energy levels."