There is little buzz about AURALiC here on Head-Fi, which is weird, as they are a high end audio company with great products for head-fi. And they've also received very good reviews from 6moons. I've had their fully balanced headphone amplifier, AURALiC TAURUS for quite some time now, and it's an amazing headphone amplifier with tons of power, especially when using balanced mode. I've done a regression plot of the values from their product manual in Excel to produce the following chart.
Personally I got to know about AURALiC through a much smaller but equivalent forum to head-fi.org for us Norwegians. After reading 6moons review on TAURUS, I decided to get it, and I was not dissapointed. TAURUS drives all my headphones very well, and I absolutely love it with both Audeze LCD-2 (r1) and LCD-3. With Audeze LCD-3 I've found it to really pull out the midrange, there are tons of details but it never runs harsh and the bass is to die for. For Sennheiser HD 650 the blurryness is replaced by more detail and the bass is more controlled, while the midrange is just slamming – something Grace Design m903 couldn't do to the same perfection! Other people in the Norwegian head-fi forums have reported it to sound gread with HD 800, but never tried that myself. I also own Woo Audio WA6-SE and Woo Audio WA2, and while those are absolutely awesome tube amps, the TAURUS has qualities they don't! Head-fi is perfect as we can have the greatest from both worlds without breaking the bank! :D
Yesterday I got one of AURALiC's DACs; the AURALiC ARK MX+, which looks absolutely fantastic together with TAURUS. It is far to early for me to say anything in depth about it, but 6moons reviewed ARK MX+, and that's a worthy read. I'm so excited about the sexiness of these that I made a photoshoot of the ARK MX+, TAURUS and, probably my favorite pair of headphones, the Audeze LCD-3. Here is the result (all towels used in this photo shoot was completely clean). :D
I realize that many of the photos look very similar, but I'm amateur when it comes to photography so I tried different settings in hopes of catching a scoop. Since a visual scoop is subjective, I posted most of them, hehe.
Hopefully, there are more proud AURALiC owners here so we can get this thread started. I will write a more in depth review of this combo with some of my other headphones, which, for the time being, includes Sennheiser HD 600, HD 650, Audeze LCD-2 r1, LCD-3, Beyerdynamic T1 and Denon AH-D7000.
Edited by Norway - 3/26/13 at 10:38am