About the Aspire Series
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 protection line in 2010. In September 2011 the Aspire Pro Mono Block, Aspire Pro DST and Aspire Dual Mono were launched at the first Asian training seminars in Manila, Bangkok and Singapore. Audio Wave then had a celebration for its 12 year anniversary In August 2019, where the first Aspire was released 10 years ago so it was time to introduce a new version called the Aspire Pro V2. The Aspire Pro V2 was launched at the Audio Wave Event In Beijing on the 19th August 2019 with over 300 distributors and dealers from Asia and Europe hosted by my Chinese distributor Wolfree.
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. The Aspire Pro V2 amplifier has a new PCB layout with some subtle differences to the original and still keeps the same foot print as the original Aspire Pro so upgrading will not require a new installation or fabrication.
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.