Checked with Dimitri from MusicaAcoustics, heck of a nice gentleman. He confirmed with me that the differences are purely cosmetic plus a different cable.He believes that the sound difference people sometimes report hearing is due to the cable.
I am sure that this has been answered before, sorry for bringing this up again if it has, but does the Oriolus first version sound like the second mk2 version?
What are the changes, just cosmetic?
To my ears, my a12 universal's sound really good paired with my Onkyo DP-X1, balanced mode (150mW+150mW), set at mid power (32 ohm's?).
Is this the type of output they need?
Sound better than with my ak120.
If you can afford the U12 go for it! They are TOTL and worth every cent. The U8 is excellent as well. Have both plus the 6 as a custom. Love all three for their resolution, detail and overall sound. Check out the 64audio forum for more info.