Pros: Size, Sound, Bass, Treble Extension, Construction, Sound, Great Price, Jaw Dropping Bass.
Cons: None that matter
I joined this site specifically to round out my collection (why I don't know) of Headphone Amps sans DAC's. I have had the Amp/Dac combo's and I use an iPod Classic and I still don't hear the benefit or an expensive DAC. I own a couple of higher end Stereo systems and know good sound in the house - the headphone thing - surprisingly is relatively new to me at this late stage in the game.
So I read a couple of reviews of the T1 here and the one here http://www.touchmyapps.com/2013/01/08/tralucent-t1-portable-headphone-amp-in-review/
Well one of the terrific chaps had one for sale so I bought it at a great price.
this is a short review and the Amps I own are the ALO National (great with my Grado PS500's), the Cayin C5 - sound great and will power anything - using it for the HIfiman HE-400i's - brilliant duo, the JDS Labs C5 (newest version with 3 position bass switch) I use with the Hifiman HE-300's and I have a C & C BH 2 I think it is , a very recent version - amazing this one and the battery seems to last forever.
Well the T1 stacks up very well against the ALO National and exceeds it in BASS Punch and authority - the Bass punch and authority is brilliant and is not flabby - beautifully extended like a well dialled in Subwoofer. Clarity is on a par and soundstage (not sure what that is actually) is simply different and I think in a good way.
It is as good as the wonderful Cayin C5 although the Cayin and has a different Bass authority - better perhaps but different for sure - with the Bass Boost Switch on. I dare say that right now the T1 is connected to the Hifiman HE-400i's which are relatively easy to drive, and may be as good or better overall the Cayin C5.
For whatever reason the JDS Labs C5 just never stuck with me - it is good with some headphones, not others and I think this is true of most of them. The National doesn't work or sound as good with the Hifiman HE-400i's, bested by the Cayin C5 and the Tralucent T1, both of which are considerably less money.
I was looking for one of the Just Audio (UK) units but have had no luck but what I can say is I will not spend more than a couple of hundred $'s on an Amp after hearing what the T1 can do.
The Vorzamp Pure II is off my list, as is the expensive ALO RX MK3 B+ - I don't need balanced anyway. And likely a few more I can't think of.
Did I mention the stunning bass punch and presence? - wow, amazing!!
And that little C & C Amp is wonderful as well simply not in the same class.
I really can't order the amps because each behaves differently with different headphones - I have the Grado PS-500's, the Hifiman HE-400i's (my favourites now), the HE 300's and the AKG K7XX and a pair of Grado RS-2's I modified with the Turbulent X drivers V5. They don't cut it in the bass department.
I grew up listing to the Beatles and Stones and now listen to pretty well everything and everything I can hear I can hear bass of some form or description - I could always hear the bass line Paul McCartney was playing in the Beatle's songs and I wanted that same effect in my headphones.
The right amp with the right headphone is the key and while its a crapshoot, I kept my price points in check and think for the money it is hard to beat the T1 and HE-400i's or the PS-500's and the National OR the T1 - its a toss up.
So that's it. One man's view of a few things having to do with hearing and I have tinitus in my right ear due to an old infection that a quack 'doctor' mis-diagnosed.