Revolution XV Features
The Revolution XV has the same audio capabilities as the Revolution X2, but with more powerful video delivery. Externally indistinguishable from the Prodigy XV, all the important differences are on the inside.
- First, we replace the Prodigy AES/EBU and SPDIF Daughterboard with the one from our Reference systems.
- Then, the copper digital audio cables from Revelation Audio Labs get a cryo-treatment.
The Revolution XV comes with an HDMI 2.0 output and an AMD Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) that can handle 4K UHD HDR video up to 30 fps with ease. It’s designed for someone who wants the best audio they can afford, but needs 4K video too. It comes in our mid-size “X” case which can accept future upgrades simply – all the way up to a Reference X2. It can have AES, SPDIF, HDMI 2.0 and the best USB ports with the optional SOtM USB and clock cards upgrade. There is a Neutrik PowerCon connector for robust hook-ups and easier upgrades to the power supply. All the digital audio wiring is made by Revelation Audio Labs going through our Prodigy Daughterboard which produces the sublime sound Baetis is renowned for. The AMD APU is cooled with a low-speed silent fan, rather than our usual passive cooling for better performance when playing UHD/HDR content.
It comes with our standard 200W power brick, but can optionally be upgraded to a Linear Power Supply Unit (LPSU) from HD-Plex. The video circuitry allows the Prodigy XV to use much faster RAM speeds – 3200 MHz. It even has HDMI 2.0 output and can handle 4K video files up to 24 frames per second (almost every single Hollywood movie ever made).
The Revolution XV is available in silver or black, directly from Baetis.
Revolution XV Specs
- Reference AES/EBU and SPDIF (BNC) daughterboard with Cryo-CuPID (copper) cabling. Up to 192 KHz/24-bit
- HDMI 2.0 + Display Port
- AMD 4-core Ryzen 5 APU
- 16 GB DDR4 3200MHz RAM
- 1x Gigabit Ethernet
- Built-in Wifi
- 256 Gb OS drive SSD (With options to add extra internal SSD storage)
- 1x 4TB External USB 3.1 gen1 drive for media storage/backup
- Neutrik PowerCon DC power inlet
- CD/DVD/BluRay reading drive
- Option for SOtM internal USB Hub and clock card, and iFi external power adaptor
- Windows 10 Pro, stripped down to remove “bloatware”
- dBpoweramp CD ripper
- Runs Roon, Tidal, JRiver Media Center 25 and any other streaming service available on Windows or the internet
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.