Finally an Audiophile System that does it all!!!
The Only Ultra High End Audio System and 4K/1080p Video System in one!

Superior Sound Quality - A Fraction of the Cost
HDMI, SPDIF, & Digital Coax

With sound quality testing equal or exceeding others in its field, you don't need to spend tens of thousands of dollars to receive an ultra high end audio experience

If you have ever owned or waned to own a dCS Vivaldi®, CH Precision®, Berkeley Reference®, EMM DAC2X®, Esoteric D-02®, Light Harmonic®, Baetis®, MSB Diamond®, Audio Research Reference®, Soulution® 560, or a DAC of similar quality...
you have only experienced a small portion of what a true Audiophile Media Server can do.

Using our Assassin Proprietary Cooling Design, Assassin AR-1’s are the ONLY High End Audiophile System that doubles as a ultra high end Audio Server and a 1080p video system while even tripling (if you want it to) as a centralized media storage system for all your media content!

If you don't think Assassin knows Audiophiles, You're wrong!

Assassin HTPC actually designed the original hardware and software on one of the media servers listed above
(and most of our hardware and software configuration can still be found on it to this day)!

All without making a single decibel of noise!
(see independent audio testing results/white papers here)

Each component is hand selected for high end audio, from gold plated DAC-Up USB's to Onboard Operational Amplifiers and high end audio capacitors to seperate PCB layers on the motherboard. Everything is geared toward the highest audio experience possible.

There is a reason the Assassin Audophile product line is our fastest growing product line.

ASSASSIN HTPC AUDIOPHILE CAPABILITIES

  • HDMI, Fiber Optic & Coaxial Digital SPDIF
  • Tablet Control
  • Lossless Audio / Bitstreaming
  • Zero Latency Audio
  • FLAC Playback
  • WAV Playback
  • Apple Lossless Audio (ALAC) ripping
  • JRiver Server & Theater Setup & Configured
  • Gold Plated USB DAC-Up
  • Upgradeable Onboard Operational Amplifier
  • Nichon High End Audio Capacitors
  • High ESD Protection for USB and LAN
  • Gain Boost
  • Proprietary Cooling System
  • Completely Silent Operation
  • 1080p Video
  • Music/MP3 Player & Organizer
  • Low Power Usage
  • Blu-Ray Video
  • Blu-Ray/DVD Ripping
  • TV Tuner and DVR for live TV
  • 3D Video Capable
  • Netflix, Hulu, Zinc, Boxee
  • Game Emulators
  • Torrent Downloads
  • Internet Browsing
  • Picture Viewer/Organizer
  • 4K Capable
  • Cutting Edge Technology
  • Streaming Video Capable


$1,999.99
Assassin AR-1
Hi-End Audiophile System
Dimensions: 12.8"x17.3"x6.0"
  • 3.4 GHz i5 4670k Intel Haswell Processor
  • 120 GB SSD for OS and Programs
  • 16GB DDR3 RAM
  • 4 TB (1x4TB) Internal Storage
  • SSD Only Storage Upgrade Available
  • Totally Silent Operation (see audio tests!)
  • Proprietary Cooling System
  • Optimized JRiver Audio Software 
  • Soundproof paneling
  • 1080p Video
  • 4K Ready (4096 @ 2160 @ 23 Hz)
  • 3D Capbale
  • Video Streaming Setup
  • HDMI, Fiber Optic, Coax Digital SPDIF outs 
  • Gold Plated Display and Audio Ports
  • DAC UP USB Port
  • High End Nichicon Audio Capacitors
  • Quad Core Audio Processor
  • AMP UP Audio Technology w/ upgradeable OP-AMP
  • Audio Noise Guard w/ LED Path Lighting
  • 8 Channels HD Audio
  • Lossless Audio
  • Zero Latency Audio
  • Bit-Streaming Audio
  • FLAC, WAV, ALAC Capable
  • Blu-ray Drive (quietest rated slot loading drive)
  • ATX 3D Motherboard
    • 3D Ready
    • HDMI, DVI, VGA video
    • Display Port x1
    • Digital, Coax, Optical and Analog audio
    • USB 3.0 x6
    • USB 2.0 x3
    • Gigabit LAN
    • SATAIII Connection
  • Platinum Rated Completely Silent Internal PSU
  • Tablet Control Capable
  • Control System Capable
  • Assassin Setup Guides Included
  • Windows 10 (Configured for Audiophile Use)
  • Assassin Ultimate Setup+J River Premier Audio Setup (Installed)
Customize & Buy

 




Full Noise Testing/Statistics for the Assassin AR-1

Independent Review of the Assassin AR-1


Assassin AR-1 Sound Measurements

 

Sound Level

Notes

Ambient Room Noise
(controlled environment in remote location)

33.6 dba

No Air Condition or refrigerator present

Audio System on Standby, Assassin AR-1 off

33.7 dba

Control Group

Audio System and Assassin AR-1 on Standby

33.7 dba

No sound added to ambient noise

Audio System on and Assassin AR-1 starting up and loading initial programs.

33.8 dba

0.1 dba added to ambient noise; (sound of Hard drive spooling)

Competitor Reference CD player loading an audio disc.

44.2 dba

10.5 dba added to ambient noise

Assassin AR-1 one-time ripping audio CD to FLAC file using jRiver software.

37.2 dba

3.5 dba added to ambient noise;
(compared with +10.5dba added with reference CD Player)

Assassin AR-1 transferring 30GB blu-ray movie to external HD

33.7 dba

No sound added to ambient noise

Competitor Reference CD playing an audio disc (with pre-amp on mute)

33.7 dba

No sound added to ambient noise

Assassin AR-1 playing audio file
(with pre-amp on mute)

33.7 dba

No sound added to ambient noise

Sounds of listener breathing

34.2 dba

0.5 dba added to ambient noise

Listening Room is a dedicated 2-channel listening room with double sheet rock on all walls; 3 miles from nearest roadway or other dwelling. System consists of Wilson Audio MAXX2 speakers, Krell FPB amps (650Mc’s), Krell HCT pre-amp, Berkeley Alpha DAC, and Marantz SA11S2 SACD/CD Player. Speaker cables are Transparent Reference XL; interconnects are XLR by MIT. Power conditioner is by Tice. Testing done with a NADY digital SPL meter.
 
 
 
SUMMARY:
PROS:  CONS: 
AR-1 is virtually silent with only minimal noise contributed to environment during CD ripping. In comparisons with totally passive systems, the AR-1 shows no difference in noise contribution, and actually is quieter due to not having to load CD/Media each time because it is able to store content electronically. This directly disproves the claim that an audiophile machine has to be fan-less, to be silent.  Combined with exceptional performance, highest audio possible, and 4K/1080p capabilities, the AR-1 is unlike anything heard (or seen) before.
Excess performance capabilities allows greater user flexibility as well as protection from hardware burn-out commonplace in passive systems. Importantly, the audio bit-streaming is perfect, partnered with JRiver it allows error-free testing of alternative external DACs.  The more powerful internal components allow the user to listen to the highest-quality audio from blu-ray files and hi-def streaming websites, in addition to hi-def audio giving exceptional sound clarity second to none.  And if you want, you can couple it with amazing video capabilities as well.
Since the price point is in line with the decreasing costs of technology today.  You won't be able to brag to your friends that this amazing piece of equipment cost as much as a mortgage and two ex-wives.  There is no need for $10,000 pieces of audio equipment in todays world.  No matter what the expensive brands tell you, hardware difference is practically non-existance with todays technology.  The devil of outstanding audio performance is in the software details and the AR-1 gives you the all the power you need while not making a sound to allows you to take full advantage and customize its JRiver software to an audio experience you never thought possible.