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AURALiC TAURUS MKII Balanced Headphone Amplifier
Begins from the pursuit of an extraordinary amplifier that can well match with modern top quality headphones, inspired by the soul of Rupert Neve's legendary design philosophy, bearing with modern simple styled appearance, TAURUS MKII is born with a perfect coalescence of classic and pop elements.
The smooth, rich and detailed voice of TAURUS MKII is a succession of AURALiC’s elegant and graceful aesthetic taste. Referring to Neve analogue console’s circuit design, AURALiC invent the ORFEO Class-A output module and fit them into TAURUS MKII. The ORFEO module offers great driving ability by delivers 1000mW (600ohm) to 4500mW (32ohm) power into various loads; this allows TAURUS MKII to squeeze out every headphone’s capabilities, unfold the beauty of their unique sonic style.
Resorting to the ultra low noise input buffer tailored by AURALiC, TAURUS MKII has a wide dynamic range greater than 130dB while maintains the output noise less than 5uV. With such astonishing performance, TAURUS is able to capture the most tiny music expression coming from the source component.
The TAURUS MKII builds on the design of the original award-winning TAURUS, launched in 2010, by concentrating all surface-mounted components in an audio signal patch. It also increased the TAURUS’ EMI shielding, reducing noise from the input buffer to 0.8uV, less than half the level of the original. Additionally, AURALiC improved the input switch circuit to increase the isolation among different input channels, which boosts performance when the TAURUS MKII is connected to multiple sources.
Smoothed music expression, sophisticated circuit design and brilliant appearance; TAURUS MKII is another exemplary works designed by AURALiC.
Inspired by Neve 8078 analogue console’s circuit design, AURALiC developed ORFEO Class-A output module. The principle of this module is to use a mass of small signal components with the best linear characteristics. By packing them though a thermal balance procedure and bias, and the transistors into Class-A, ORFEO achieves impressive performance with open loop distortion less than 0.001%. With this sophisticated module, TAURUS shares the same warm and natural sound with Neve 8078.
The input buffer of TAURUS is specifically designed by AURALiC to meet the requirements of headphone amplifier usage. This buffer has an exclamatory low noise of less than 2uV while maintaining high input impedance (100K of RCA and 200K of XLR). The low noise input buffer imparts TAURUS with a dynamic range over 130dB and its possible to fit into any kind of source. Even with high output impedance devices such as valve buffered CD, it can still easily capture every detail and ensure the reality of music impression.
With a unique 4-way individual output structure, you can configure TAURUS into standard or balanced working mode by simply pressing the button on the front panel without powering off the unit or unplugging the headphone. In the standard mode, TAURUS can output 4500mW continuous and undistorted power into 32ohm, satisfying the toughest headphone’s driving requirement. When facing high impedance loads, TAURUS can also deliver 1000mW continuous and undistorted power into 600ohm in balanced mode. Such flexible design allows TAURUS to match most modern top quality headphones in a perfect way.
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