The Aspire range has grown since it was launched in 2009. The more affordable entry level Aspire was the first stereo amplifier built by Audio Wave, and the Aspire Pro added to the production line in 2010. In Sept 2011 the Aspire Pro Mono Block, Aspire DST, Aspire Pro DST and Aspire Dual Mono were launched at the first Asian training seminars in Manila, Bangkok and Singapore.

The Aspire /Aspire Pro amplifiers are stereo and have no EQ filters or crossovers on the input stage. It has been kept very simple with only a high quality Alps gain control with only the Aspire pro Mono Block and Dual Mono having a built in phase switch for bridging. The amplifier has a LED display port that is the same as the CR amps that displays temperature, protect and power. These LED displays are machined from a single piece of aluminium billet and have a nickel or gold plated engraved front panel; they are an option that can be added to the amplifier at any time.

Regarding the PCB’s there are differences between the Aspire and Aspire Pro, firstly the Aspire is standard 3 ounce copper plated through double sided and the Aspire Pro is 3 ounce Gold plated through double sided with a different layout. Many more hours were spent on re-designing the Pro version PCB circuit layout to accommodate extra caps, larger coils and a bigger ground plane resulting in a more focused dynamic amplifier.

Another option is the Aspire bridging module that enables one or two Aspires to be joined together and there are several ways to bridge the amplifiers.

The Aspire and Aspire Pro series chassis are made from 2mm thick zinc coated steel and then powder coated in a black textured finish. The lids are made from 3mm aluminium or a metal and acrylic lid if preferred.

Although the Aspire range is more affordable, every single amp is hand-crafted like the CR range. A standard Aspire takes a week to build and the Aspire Pro a little longer, the DST and DM just takes twice as long.

You can use the cross reference specification sheet to see the model differences and options.