Revolution X3 Features
The sound quality is better than ever before at this price point with the Revolution X3. It’s the new midrange model in the Baetis Audio line, and we’ve positioned the Revolution X3 very high up in the bang to buck ratio. Our customers loved the warmer sounding audio chip (codec) of the Reference 2B, but some couldn’t afford the top-end system, or said the chassis was too big for their racks. The Revolution X3 shares much in common with our highest end models. With our new components being more power-efficient and cool-running than ever, the Revolution X3 is completely fanless. This allows us to use the larger motherboards with the warmer sounding Reference 2B model’s audio chip in the mid-size case for the first time. With CuPID copper audio and power cabling that is made by Revelation Audio Labs, the sound from the Revolution X3 surpasses that of the Baetis Audio Prodigy range. The Revolution X3 uses the Reference Daughterboard for SPDIF and AES-EBU. Together, these components harmonise to give you a sound quality close to our pricier Reference series.
Other options for audiophile outputs include coaxial (RCA) SPDIF instead of BNC. We can even add one of the following: USB, I2S, or DLNA Network. That means it can connect and synergise with any DAC out there. Video output is beautiful 4K HDR, which is the best integrated graphics in the industry.
You can play native DSD via the optional USB, I2S and network outputs, as well as DoP and PCM through our AES-EBU connection. MQA is easily handled via Roon or Tidal, and any other streaming service such as Qobuz is a breeze to install. You can control the playback on the Baetis in a number of ways: tablet, phone, from another computer of any flavour, or even via a keyboard and trackpad transmitting directly to the Revolution X3.
Revolution X3 Specs
- Reference SPDIF (BNC or RCA/Coaxial) and AES-EBU daughterboard with Revelation Audio Labs CuPID copper cabling
- Runs Roon, Tidal, JRiver Media Center 26 and any other streaming service available on Windows or the internet
- Internal CD/DVD/BluRay drive available as standard, with dBpoweramp CD ripper included
- HDMI 2.0 for 4K HDR video
- 8x USB 3.x ports, including one Type-C
- AMD Ryzen APU
- 16 GB DDR4 3200 MHz RAM
- 1x Gigabit Ethernet (audiophile grade network card optional)
- 250 Gb OS drive SSD
- 4TB External USB 3.1 gen1 drive for media storage/backup, or custom storage options
- Neutrik DC power inlet
- Windows 10 Pro, stripped down to remove “bloatware”
These systems have our award-winning AES-EBU output powered by the Baetis Audio Reference daughterboard. The daughterboard also provides a SPDIF output, now available as either BNC or RCA. system. HDMI for high resolution multi-channel output is also included.
Yes, you can run Roon, JRiver Media Center, Audirvana, Tidal, Qobuz (if available) and much more. In fact, any music app that runs on Windows 10 can be run on this unit. All Baetis Audio models can serve as a Roon core, endpoint or both. Your Tidal streaming never sounded so good! Tell us what you want and we can set it up for you.
The Revolution XV certainly can! The system is powered by an AMD APU, which handles 4K very well with HDR up to 30 fps. The Intel-powered Revolution X2 can also display a crisp 4K image but it’s more limited in its HDR capability.
Yes, you can use an iOS or Android device to control playback. You can even use another computer, or control the system directly with a wireless keyboard and trackpad from your listening position.
The big difference is how they handle video. They sound the same for 2-channel audio, but the XV model handles 4K HDR beautifully at up to 30 fps. The X2 model works harder to produce a picture that is not quite as stunning. There are a few other minor differences that will not affect most users.
They are similar, except that the Revolution X series has better audio and power cabling on the inside and uses our best Baetis Audio Reference daughterboard for truly spectacular AES-EBU and SPDIF outputs.
In addition to the AES-EBU, SPDIF and HDMI outputs, you can opt to get an additional audiophile grade USB, I2S or network output, which means pretty much all DACs are covered. We can even build you a custom Revolution that doesn’t have the AES, only SPDIF, to allow you to add two of the following: USB, I2S and network cards. Foregoing AES and SPDIF allows the addition of all three speciality cards – something that is possible, but not recommended. As usual, speak to us about your needs, and we’ll find a solution for you.
The Prodigy, Revolution and Reference X -series are available with or without internally-housed optical drives. If you want to make back up of 4K UHD discs, we’d recommend no internal optical drive and choosing to add an external 4K reading drive instead.
There is a two year parts and labour warranty on these. However, as usual, we always listen to each case on its own merits and do the reasonable thing if you need service outside the warranty period, depending on the circumstances.