Aragon Iridium Monoblock: The Signature V Rides Again
Behind the Iridium’s finely textured front panel, which is meticu-lously machined from a 0.75-inch-thick aluminum billet at the same Indianapolis shop that makes critical chassis parts for Indy race cars, you’ll find gold-plated circuit boards, a beefy power supply, and 24 output transistors, ready to deliver 400 watts in 8 ohms (<0.02 percent distortion), 600 watts into 4 ohms (<0.03 percent), or 1 kilowatt into 2 ohms. Add to that high-current wiring, and you have a monoblock built to produce lifelike levels and realistic dynamics without strain—even with speakers that challenge amplifiers with low impedances and/or highly reactive loads. The robust internal design, which also includes advanced thermal management, carries through to the exterior with high-current 60-amp binding posts, gold-plated RCA inputs, and professional XLR connectors.
The American-designed-and-built Iridium is designed to be used in pairs to power a well-heeled audio system or home theater, but Santiago says what really makes it special is “its ability to deliver a broad and deep soundstage, a musical midrange, and accurate, deep bass response.” As for its distinctive look, the V-notch offers the practical benefit of helping to keep the amp cool by allowing airflow across its heat sink when the amp is placed in an equipment rack. Price: $3,999 in silver or black.