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State of the Art High End Audio Amplifier in an Incredibly Small Enclosure. Audiophiles: This CHERRY is a real winner.  Hanging is in!
State of the Art High End Audio Amplifier in an Incredibly Small Enclosure. Audiophiles: This CHERRY is a real winner. Hanging is in!
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Digital Amp Co was founded in 1996 to master the art of Class-D amplification. Our patented and proprietary technology reaches new levels of audio performance. We have successfully created a line of amplifiers sold under the Cherry™ name. Our first Cherry amplifier products were large and heavy (40+ lbs). These ultra-premium amplifiers are still produced today, and we now call them the “big Cherries”.

We recently began manufacturing the Desktop Maraschino™ Amplifier, an ultra-high performance Audiophile grade monoblock amplifier mounted on a natural stone or aluminum block and supported by Sorbothane™ anti-vibration feet. The Desktop Maraschino weighs about 8 lbs per channel and has recently received accolades from the audio press for its extremely high sound quality. The Maraschino amplifier sound is clean, fast, and strong.

We have designed a new form factor for Maraschino, called the “In-Line Maraschino”. This new form factor lowers cost and offers more placement options, including “hanging from your speaker”. Amplifier module weight is reduced to about one pound (!) while retaining the ability to deliver very high output power (up to 800W) to the speaker. Such a configuration allows very short speaker wires, eliminating the high cost and technical concerns with long, difficult to handle speaker cables.

We have created prototypes of the In-Line Maraschino design to prove feasibility. Audio performance of the original Maraschino is retained.

Here's a video about development of the In-Line Maraschino:

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We want to take this prototype design and make it more cost effective by optimizing mechanicals, improving the PCB artwork for smarter assembly, and raising production volume.

We also plan to offer special short speaker cables (approx. 4 inch length) suited for “hanging Maraschino” configurations. We have decided to offer three versions of this new product with your help.

Standard 48V In-Line Maraschino Amplifier
   (PAIR, Preliminary List Price is $1900)
   - 48 Volt power supplies ---- can be upgraded to 60V in the future
   - Dayton gold binding posts
   - 250 Watts output into 4 Ohms (140W into 8 ohms)

Standard 60V In-Line Maraschino Amplifier
   (PAIR, Preliminary List Price is $2700)
   - 60 Volt power supplies
   - Dayton gold binding posts
   - 400 Watts output into 4 Ohms (200W into 8 ohms)

KING 60V In-Line Maraschino Amplifier
   (PAIR, Preliminary List Price is $3200)
   - 60 Volt power supplies
   - GOLD WBT binding posts
   - "DC_SNAKE" super low impedance braided DC power wires
   - 400 Watts output into 4 Ohms (200W into 8 ohms)

In Line Maraschino Amplifier Features:
  
· DC coupled signal path on an isolated ground, flat down to 0 Hz !
   · Low output impedance over entire audio band
   · Patented and proprietary component-level design
   · Hanging design eliminates the need for long speaker cables
   · 4 times the bandwidth of other Class-D amplifiers
   · Legendary Cherry Amplifier Sonics
   · Micro power auto standby (sleep mode)
   · Made in the U.S.A.

Here's a video showing a working In-Line Maraschino prototype:

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Standard 48V In-Line Maraschino Setup
Standard 48V In-Line Maraschino Setup
Standard 60V In-Line Maraschino Setup
Standard 60V In-Line Maraschino Setup
KING 60V In-Line Maraschino Setup
KING 60V In-Line Maraschino Setup

WHAT'S IN THE BOX?
  Standard 48V In-Line Maraschino Amplifier (PAIR)
  
(2) 48 Volt Power Supply
   (2) Maraschino In-Line Amplifier Module (Dayton Gold Posts)
   (2) RCA-to-XLR Adapter
   (2) AC Line Cord (120VAC version)
  Standard 60V In-Line Maraschino Amplifier (PAIR)
   (2) 60 Volt Power Supply
   (2) Standard DC cable
   (2) Maraschino In-Line Amplifier Module (Dayton Gold Posts)
   (2) RCA-to-XLR Adapter
   (2) AC Line Cord (120VAC version)
  KING 60V In-Line Maraschino Amplifier (PAIR)
   (2) 60 Volt Power Supply
   (2) Ultra Low Impedance DC_SNAKE cable
   (2) Maraschino In-Line Amplifier Module (WBT GOLD Posts)
   (2) RCA-to-XLR Adapter
   (2) AC Line Cord (120VAC version)

A STRONG HISTORY

Digital Amplifier Company has a history of successful products such as Cherry Plus launched in 2010. It was chosen by Stereo Times as the Most Wanted Component of 2010.

“Easily my 'Publisher's Choice! Most Wanted Component' for 2010!”– Clement Perry, Stereo Times.

The Desktop Maraschino has been endorsed by the following publications….

"....the baby cherries do the air thing better"–Srajan Ebaen, 6moons

"....the Maraschinos own some of the nicest sounding upper registers I’ve had the pleasure of listening to."– Greg Simmons, Stereo Times

 "....very quickly addicting such that even familiar recordings come alive with a fresh perspective. This may be due to the Maraschinos’ incredibly quiet background."– Andre Marc, TONE Audio

HiFiZine

The enthusiast's audio webzine

"I was not imagining it. In my years of reviewing gear, I can’t think of a single occasion when a change of amp more surprised me, and all this in a budget system. Don’t ever doubt that well-designed amplification can make a real difference!"– Patrick Dillon, HiFiZine

Risks and challenges

RISKS ARE LOW

Digital Amplifier Company has successfully designed and built amplifiers for more than 18 years. We need to overcome various technical issues to produce one of the most remarkable amplifiers available today. We will be utilizing our advanced and already established engineering design techniques to bring three versions of the In-Line Maraschino to the High-End Audio market. Our product development process is proven to effectively produce extremely high quality products. Our focus on the customer has given us a growing and loyal customer base.

CHALLENGES

Our biggest design challenge with In-Line Maraschino is fitting the hardware in the small enclosure while allowing easy assembly and use of high quality (yet cost effective) components. The connector placement on our prototypes works well but is significantly more difficult to assemble than the Desktop Maraschino.

Our biggest business challenge is retaining reasonable margins with low list pricing. This translates into high minimums for sub-assemblies.

We are also challenged to provide flexible solutions for "Hanging Maraschino" speaker cable assemblies. These cables need to reliably support the amplifier's weight while offering sufficient connector options. Our customers own a vast array of speaker types. We must accommodate as many applications as possible.

HOW WE WILL USE THE MONEY

The goal is to offer a pair of In-Line Maraschinos for well under $2000 (base model list price). This will require us to rethink our assembly process.

The most expensive part of the assembly process is the integration of the amplifier into the enclosure. Final assembly is quality-critical and very time consuming.

We will use the funds to make a High End Audio Amplifier which is both functional and aesthetically pleasing to our customers.

This design offers new placement possibilities for our customers as well as increasing "bang-for-the-buck".

We need to utilize our engineering resources to redesign the enclosure, rethink our internal wiring harnesses, and design short speaker cables.

SUPPLY CHAIN

Another challenge is dealing with long lead time items. Some specialty components we use take more than 60 days to receive after the purchase orders are submitted. We need to place orders with sub-assembly providers ASAP to coordinate component delivery.

We will also build In-Line Maraschinos in an assembly line fashion which will speed the process and reduce cost.

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    You are a superior supporter of affordable high-performance audio! Your name will be posted on our new website (if you agree). You will receive a pair of PROTOTYPE 48V In-Line Maraschinos. These prototype units have the same "guts" as production units but are in enclosures without the silkscreen and with screws on top. The units have serial numbers and are fully tested. You also get a Digital Amplifier T-Shirt (available in X or XL sizes). Shipping for T-shirts is free to continental USA. $10 extra for shipping T-Shirts outside continental USA. Shipping for amplifiers is fully insured and charged separately. Backer is responsible for all taxes & duties when shipping outside the Continental USA.

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    Very early adopter special: Receive a pre-production pair of Standard 48V In-Line Maraschino Amplifiers (a $1900 value!). Your name will be posted on our new website (if you agree). Pre-production units will be silkscreened and will be contained in our new enclosure. The units will have serial numbers and will be fully tested. You also get a Digital Amplifier T-Shirt (available in X or XL sizes). Shipping for T-shirts is free to continental USA. $10 extra for shipping T-Shirts outside continental USA. Shipping for amplifiers is fully insured and charged separately. Backer is responsible for all taxes & duties when shipping outside the continental USA.

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    Very early adopter special: Receive a pre-production pair of Standard 60V In-Line Maraschino Amplifiers (a $2700 value!). Your name will be posted on our new website (if you agree). Pre-production units will be silkscreened and will be contained in our new enclosure. The units will have serial numbers and will be fully tested. You also get a Digital Amplifier T-Shirt (available in X or XL sizes). Shipping for T-shirts is free to continental USA. $10 extra for shipping T-Shirts outside continental USA. Shipping for amplifiers is fully insured and charged separately. Backer is responsible for all taxes & duties when shipping outside the continental USA.

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    Very early adopter special: Receive a pre-production pair of KING 60V In-Line Maraschino Amplifiers (a $3200 value!!!!). Your name will be posted on our new website (if you agree). Pre-production units will be silkscreened and will be contained in our new enclosure. The units will have serial numbers and will be fully tested. You also get a Digital Amplifier T-Shirt (available in X or XL sizes). Shipping for T-shirts is free to continental USA. $10 extra for shipping T-Shirts outside continental USA. Shipping for amplifiers is fully insured and charged separately. Backer is responsible for all taxes & duties when shipping outside the continental USA.

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    Early adopter special: Receive a pre-production pair of KING 60V In-Line Maraschino Amplifiers (a $3200 value!!!!). Your name will be posted on our new website (if you agree). Pre-production units will be silkscreened and will be contained in our new enclosure. The units will have serial numbers and will be fully tested. You also get a Digital Amplifier T-Shirt (available in X or XL sizes). Shipping for T-shirts is free to continental USA. $10 extra for shipping T-Shirts outside continental USA. Shipping for amplifiers is fully insured and charged separately. Backer is responsible for all taxes & duties when shipping outside the continental USA.

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    Procrastinator's Special: We knew you'd come along and join the excitement! Receive a tricked-out full production pair of 60V DESKTOP Maraschino Amplifiers (a $3800 value!!!!). Your name will be posted on our new website (if you agree). This reward includes: (2) power cords, (2) 60V power supplies, (2) WBT GOLD binding posts, (2) RCA-to-XLR adapters, (2) DC_SNAKE cables, and (2) Desktop Maraschinos (your choice of red or black top, your choice of marble or granite base). You also get a Digital Amplifier T-Shirt (available in X or XL sizes). Shipping for T-shirts is free to continental USA. $10 extra for shipping T-Shirts outside continental USA. Shipping for amplifiers is fully insured and charged separately. Backer is responsible for all taxes & duties when shipping outside the continental USA.

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    You are a hero to us! Have Dinner with the Founder & Designer of the Maraschino Amplifier. Discuss future products & propose new ones. Also receive a pre-production signed pair of KING 60V In-Line Maraschino Amplifiers (a $3200 value). Your name will be posted on our new website (if you agree). Pre-production units will be silkscreened and will be contained in our new enclosure. The units will have serial numbers and will be fully tested. You also get a Digital Amplifier T-Shirt (available in X or XL sizes). Shipping worldwide is included and fully insured. PLEASE NOTE: Travel & Accommodations are not included.

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