Looking to squeeze every ounce of available fidelity out of your high end headphones? AURALiC might just have the trick with its newly updated TAURUS MKII Balanced Headphone Amplifier, an updated design that features a simplified signal path, superior EMI shielding, a quieter input buffer, and improved input switching for better isolation between input channels.
The TAURUS MKII features a four-way output structure that can easily be configured as balanced or unbalanced at the press of a button. The amp also includes both 1/4″ and balanced XLR outputs, for compatibility with headphones like Audeze‘s amazing LCD2 and LCD3.
The AURALiC TAURUS MKII’s patented ORFEO Class-A output module also delivers 1,000 to 4,500 milliwatts into various loads, ensuring that virtually any hi-fi headphone is driven to its maximum potential. With an ultra-low-noise input buffer, high input impedance, and an exceptionally low noise floor, the TAURUS MKII also promises to deliver more than 130dB dynamic range.
For source inputs, the amp includes back-panel RCA and XLR analog inputs. RCA and XLR pre-amp outputs are also included.
As for pre-amplification, AURALiC suggests pairing the TAURUS MKII with its VEGA Digital Audio Processor, which supports all high-resolution music formats, “including DSD (Direct Stream Digital), Double Rate DSD, and DXD (Digital eXtreme Definition).
The TAURUS MKII Balanced Headphone Amplifier is making its debut this week at the Thailand Audio/Video Show, and is available now from authorized AURALiC dealers for $1,899 MSRP.