The Aries Cerat Story

Founded by owner and designer Stavros Danos in 2010, a new and exciting high end audio brand emerged, in Cyprus no less.

Bursting with new ideas and the confidence to throw out the audio designers rule book, Aries Cerat fairly quickly started producing very large, very radical and amazingly high performing audio products. The first model was the Collatio, a huge single ended OTL power amplifier using 32 x 6c19p tubes on the output. Measuring 455mm wide X 590mm deep X 480mm high and 120 kilos, it certainly got noticed.

One of the first out of the labs was the Collatio OTL power amplifier. Aries Ceat then realised fairly quickly they had to have a SOTA source to test new products in the factory. No other DAC was up to the task, so they designed their own, the Kassandra MK1 an R2R ladder DAC with tube output stage.

Shortly after the Kassandra, the Concero 65 MK1 Monoblock power amplifier followed. Again, size and weight restrictions were ignored, rather that means nothing if it gets in the way of the ultimate sonic performance.

Our factory laboratory with the Legend series Homerus DAC, the Ianus Geminae & the Contendo speaker system

Amplification and DAC designs started, Stavros returned to a life long passion of his own, to design the ultimate horn speaker. Many thousands of hours were already spent on this project, and finally it culminated in the Contendo, and later the Symphonia, a 3 way design, with ribbon tweeter, compression driver midrange, and tractrix flare bass horn unit. This single chassis speaker stands 130cm high and is fairly compact as far as horn speakers are concerned. Weighing in at 170 kilos and 101db efficiency, the dynamic and realism of the Symphonia is something to behold, a superb integration of drivers and topologies unheard of before from in-production horn speakers.

Fast forward to 2021, Aries Cerat has a full compliment of preamplifiers including the Incito S and Impera models, power amplifiers and phono stages using the best tube topologies. A two model range of circlotron tube input Moss-Fet output monoblock power amplifiers, 5 DAC models (all R2R and using tubes on the output), the huge Contendo horn speaker system, and the Symphonia horn speaker. Added to this there is the ultimate cost no object Legend series of DAC, Preamplifier and Power Amplifiers.

Legend Series presentation at Munich Hi-End 2019