The Pyxis pre-amplifier is the heart of Leema’s Reference Series, designed to offer absolute transparency with superior resolution and musicality. The Pyxis is without doubt a state-of-the-art performer. A generous range of features ensures that the Pyxis offers complete satisfaction.
Features include both single-ended and balanced analogue inputs and outputs, tone controls, USB digital connectivity for use with computers, on-board 24 bit 96 kHz DAC for digital sources, high performance headphone amplifier and an optional built-in, high quality MM / MC phono-stage.
Pyxis’ analogue signal path is fully balanced throughout. In many ways it is actually two complete pre-amplifiers – one for each signal phase.
Pyxis features Leema’s proprietary LIPS® control interface. LIPS® type 1 & 2 are both included, allowing Pyxis to integrate with home automation systems and other Leema components. Using LIPS® it is possible to feed any Leema power amplifier with a constant high-level audio signal and control the volume at the input stage of the power amplifier. This is achieved by using ‘fly-by-wire’ control data from the Pyxis which ensures maximum signal-to-noise ratio and resolution of the audio signal, by running the audio interconnect cables at an unattenuated high-level.
Hi-Fi News: Highly Commended, April 2009
Hi-Fi News: Highly Commended, 2009 Yearbook
Hi-Fi News: Outstanding Product, October 2010
Hi-Fi News: Outstanding Product, 2010 Yearbook
Specification / Features
(See User Manual for full specification)
Noise: < -100 dB
Freqency Response: 5 Hz – 100 kHz (+0/-3 dB)
Number of balanced Inputs (XLR): 2
Number of un-balanced Inputs (RCA): 5
Internal Phono Amplifier: Optional (MM & MC Input)
Tape Input: 1
Tape Output: 1
MP3 Inputs (front panel): 1
USB: Yes (Bi-directional – up to 48 kHz sampling rate, 16 bit)
S/PDIF Output: 1 (Co-axial)
S/PDIF Input: 1 (Co-axial)
Headphone Outputs: 1
Pre-out Outputs: 1x Un-balanced (RCA) & 1x Balanced (XLR)
Channel gain adjust for each individual input
Low Frequency Adjust 50 Hz +/- 6 dB
High Frequency Adjust 15 kHz +/- 6 dB
Mute Buton: Yes
Balance Adjust: (left/Right)
LIPS® system: Master or Slave