This was a great way to move into the world of headphones. It started 2 weeks ago with the Bryston BHA-1 fed by a Beatis Revolution II Server via AURALiC Vega DAC using HD800 / K712. Then, Monday this week, the Taurus MKII arrives. Tomorrow I'm returning the Bryston - It had a channel issue with the pre-amp out but nevertheless, there was a stunning difference in several areas that, even with hearing issues I might be able to describe.
First, they were equals for most part with sound stage width. Where the differences really came into play was the Taurus' ability to flesh out the instruments with greater sustains. Like having a few more extended harmonics available. Listening to 2Cellos (DSD128) the body of the instruments was absolutely gorgeous with the wood body coming thru. The Bryston was a more like a 2D listening experience.
The Taurus has a definite analog signature, meaning depth, nicely etched instruments but not sibilance on the upper 2000 kHz on up.
The Taurus had voltage issues a couple of years ago and were not available in the N. American market until the last few months.
I'm enjoying this newly found headphile world. It's about 80% of the speaker experience, but for those of us who are having hearing issues, it's great to have the music back.