Class A design. Only FETs (JFETs and MOSFETs) are used as active elements in the amplifier. Vishay-Dale and Caddock resistors. All electrolytics are Nichicon Fine Gold Muse. The compensation capacitors are mica or polystyrene. Power supply consists of separate dedicated supplies using fast recovery diodes, eight (8) low ESR (equivalent series resistance) filter capacitors and dual wide-band, low noise regulators. Toroid power transformers use dedicated windings per channel. Switchcraft output jack, and a DACT CT-2 10k stepped attentuator. Case constructed from 10mm machined aluminum.
Compared to the various high end headphone amplifiers I have owned over the past fifteen years, including the Headroom Max and Cary 300 SEI, the Aural Audition is be far the best I have heard. I have used it exclusively with the Sennheiser HD 650 headphones which seem to be a perfect match. The amp is extremely well built with thick brushed aluminum casing and high quality parts throughout including class A circuits and a DACT CT2 stepped attenuator. The amp looks like it should cost more than it does. Sonically the amp has the good qualities of solid state such as tight, fast base and very high resolution of detail without the dry and fatiguing characteristics of solid state. Bass is very articulate with good weight. The midrange is somewhat tubelike with a very intimate, warm quality. Treble is extended and detailed without excessive sibilance. Compared to the other amps I have had, the lack of excess sibilance is very much appreciated. The large well defined soundstage is one of the most notable characteristics of the amp. The images are well defined within a space that can be very expansive sounding if the recording calls for it. Reverberant recordings of orchestral music sound very expansive and exciting. The best part of listening to music through this amp is that the experience is very involving with high resolution of detail but never etched, hyped or fatiguing. The sound is simply very natural.
I emailed Pass Labs for a local distributor and a guy named Kent got back to me and put me in touch with the local Pass Labs guy named Louis. As it turns out he was going to be in my neighborhood tomorrow doing a setup and wanted to bring an X150.5 with him and give me a home audition. Unfortunately ... Read More »
Does auditioning new gear make you more excited than a kid on Christmas morning? How far would you go to audition a sweet new setup?
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This has probably been asked before but after searching I wasn't having any luck so here goes; (Dons flameproof suit)
When you are auditioning equipment, be it amps, speakers, receivers, cd players etc, what do you use as "reference"/"audition" music. I mean do you have a set list ... Read More »
What crazy combos of gear would you love to audition if you had the chance?
Right now I'd most love to try this setup:
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Does anyone know where can I audition Wharfedale speakers at in NY/NJ area? I called Wharfedale and they said that they do not have any retailer in NY/NJ/PA Area.
Now I am seriosly considering auditioning Diamond 9.6/10 before making my purchase but looks like I might just not be able to.
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