AURALiC Taurus MkII Reference Headphone preamplifier balanced XLR & RCA I/Oputs

AC 04 HA TAURUS
NZ$ 3,495.00 ea (incl. GST)
AURALic Audio

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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 simplism style appearance, TAURUS is born with a perfect coalescence of classic and pop elements. Joint using with ARK MX+ and a great headphone, it lets you sailing through the ocean of music, experiencing the wonders of artistic enjoyment. 

The smooth, rich and detailed voice of TAURUS is a succession of AURALiC’s elegant and graceful aesthetic taste. Referring to Neve analog console’s circuit design, AURALiC invent the ORFEO Class-A output module and fit them into TAURUS. The ORFEO module offers great driving ability by delivers 1000mW (600ohm) to 4500mW (32ohm) power into various loads; this allows TAURUS 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 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. When replaying Hi-Rez music with ARK MX+, TAURUS can handle plenty of information in accuracy; represent the soul of musical piece perfectly. 

Smoothed music expression, sophisticated circuit design and brilliant appearance; TAURUS is another exemplary works designed by AURALiC.  

Testament to the supreme quality of the ARULAiC Taurus Headphone amp is born out in that for many it has become the natural partner with the world leading AUDEZE range of planar magnetic headphones

Hi Terry
I am very impressed with the Taurus headphone amplifier I purchased from you.I have owned a good few headphone amplifiers over the past thirty years or so and the Taurus beats the lot.Build quality is superb and once it has had a few hours of music through it the sound is magic. Detail and transparency are excellent and certainly no graininess or harshness.Midrange is just about as good as it gets,bass to die for and overall a fantastic product. I use Sennheiser HD800 headphones but am now tempted to go up the scale a bit and try the Audeze Planar LCD-2 and LCD-3 headphones.
….. John.

Features

Specifications

Testimonials

Features

AURALiC ORFEO Class-A Output Module
Inspired by Neve 8078 analog 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 best linear characteristic. By packing them though a thermal balance procedure and bias the transistors into Class-A, ORFEO achieves impressive performance with open loop distortion less than 0.001%. With such sophisticated module, TAURUS shares the same warm and natural sound with Neve 8078.

Low Noise Input Buffer
The input buffer of TAURUS is specifically designed by AURALiC to meet the requirement of headphone amplifier usage. This buffer own an exclamatory low noise of less than 2uV while maintains high input impedance (100K of RCA and 200K of XLR). The low noise input buffer endues TAURUS with a dynamic range over 130dB and 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 details and ensure the reality of music impression.

Real-time Switchable Working Mode
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 power off the unit or unplug the headphone. In the standard mode, TAURUS can output 4500mW continuous and undistorted power into 32ohm, satisfy 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.

Specifications

Frequency response - 3Hz - 300KHz, +/- 3dB
                                    20Hz - 20KHz, +/- 0.1dB

THD+N - <0.002%, 20Hz-20KHz at rated output

Dynamic Range - >130dB, 20Hz-20KHz,  A-weighted

Crosstalk - <-80dB at 1KHz
Output Power (continuous in RMS) - 
STD Mode BAL Mode - 32ohm 4500mW 1200mW
                                       120ohm 1200mW 4500mW
                                       300ohm 500mW 2000mW
                                      600ohm 250mW 1000mW

Input Ports - RCA: Sensitivity: 2Vrms; Maximum: 6Vrms / XLR: Sensitivity: 2Vrms; Maximum: 6Vrms

Output Ports - 6,35mm Stereo Headphone Jack (STD only)
                        4PIN XLR Headphone Jack (AKG K1000 wiring)
                       RCA pre out (STD only)
                       XLR pre out (PIN2:HOT)

Power dissipation - 50W at max.

Dimension - 11''W x 9''D x 2.6''H (33cm x 23cm x 6.5cm)
Weight - 12 pounds (5.5kg)

All specifications are subject to change without notice.

Testimonials

I am very impressed....
Hi Terry
 
I am very impressed with the Taurus headphone amplifier I purchased from you.I have owned a good few headphone amplifiers over the past thirty years or so and the Taurus beats the lot.Build quality is superb and once it has had a few hours of music through it the sound is magic.
Detail and transparency are excellent and certainly no graininess or harshness.Midrange is just about as good as it gets,bass to die for and overall a fantastic product.
I use Sennheiser HD800 headphones but am now tempted to go up the scale a bit and try the Audeze Planar LCD-2 and LCD-3 headphones.
 
Regards
John.