I did a demo of the TEAC HA-501 and the Aurium.
I tried the TEAC with my Grado 325i and it was an immediate improvement over what I'd experienced at home with either my integrated amp socket or a Lehmann Rhinelander. The source was a Cyrus 8CD SE2.
The TEAC had none of the harshness that made me think my Grados were a bit suspect. Immediately I had sensed that I had an updated set of headphones on my ears.
My dealer unboxed the Aurium and it was simply better than the TEAC. A rich / warm sound that drew me in to keep listening; no harshness, no hint of fatigue.
With the Grados I had to turn up the gain control a long way before the sound levelled out. I wasn't going to go over 50% on the volume. But once tinkered with there's no need to ever touch anything but the on / off switch. As for What Hi Fi moaning about the volume knob, once set to preferred level there's no need to touch it again!!
I would point out that the Aurium has a better gain control than the TEAC; more precise in reaching an ideal gain.
At home I have the Aurium sandwiched between the 8200CD and the integrated amps tape-in.
It doesn't interfere when listening through the speakers.
I tried my HD800 headphones and the amp really doesn't disappoint. Although my Grados have the prescribed minimum capability to get decent results from the Aurium, the HD800 just simply amaze. Neither the amp nor the headphones will let me down.
I would point out that the gain had to be increased to about 90% to match the HD800 at a 50% volume setting.
Nice looking amp. How would this be with the HD800's do you think?
It would work wonderfully with the HD800s. We got really good results from a whole range of headphones from Grado's RS1s to Beyerdynamic's T1 (including a pair of HD650s).
£850? Of course it's brilliant! I can't think of a single time/situation where I would need one of these, but I'm glad Pathos can charge that much for something so specialist AND sleep at night.
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