Originally Posted by AFWannabe
I've read your (long term) review of the Auralic Taurus MKII in Innerfidelity.
Very detailed, and also very entertaining to read! Great work!
I've read other reviews of that equipment, but yours really made me curious about it.
Could you please share your thoughts about listening to the Invicta + Taurus MKII combo, vs Invicta only in differential mode? And more specifically with the Sennheiser HD800's?
Does it bring any relevant improvements?
Thanks for the kind words, I appreciate it.
I do use Invicta paired with Taurus.... first it was Invicta plus Taurus, and now it is Invicta Mirus with Taurus mkII. I do think Invicta in balanced mode is the best integrated headphone solution I've yet heard. It's phenomenal. That said, Taurus is even better. On casual listen I probably wouldn't notice any significant difference. But after a while, with careful listening, I notice Taurus adds more body, more heft to the sound. Not making it thick or anything, just more body to it when called upon to do so. If that makes any sense. I also get a hint of more micro-detail, and some improvement in dimensionality. HD800 with Taurus in balanced mode is more open and "real" sounding.
Again, Invicta on its own, differential mode active, is very very good. I could see using it as my only amp. And I can't really say the value per dollar makes sense when adding a dedicated amp - even one as good as the Taurus. But then again, the last bit of performance never comes cheap.