Originally Posted by Klots
Hi! I should receive my Taurus mk2 next week (woohoo ). So I have one dumb question. Im going to make XLR interconnects to connect Taurus to my Audiolab M-dac. So the question is, is it OK to use XLR interconnects when my HD800 will be connected SE? Or should I use RCA interconnects when using SE output for headphones?
Congratulations, you're going to be blown away, especially with the HD800 combo. Since describing sound is not one of my strong points, I'll borrow the descriptives from the Innerfidelity review/reviewer of the ATMK2 (copy & paste) :
"You like soundstage? Precision imaging? How about sheet music pages turning, or audience members coughing? The TAURUS does microdetail and localization better than the vast majority of amps I've experienced. We can thank the inky-black background for that, and I'm sure the signal to noise ratio doesn't hurt. Despite all that, I wouldn't call this a hyper-detailed amp. The overall sound is superbly balanced, and the lack of grain combines with the excellent bass extension to impart a sort of warmth to the end result."
" ... the ideal amp, in my opinion, is the one which can tease out the finest details without stifling them—this requires a firm grip to minimize grain as well as peaks. It also helps if the amp is suitably full range. HD800 is no bass cannon and you really don't need any limitations from the amp holding it back. I'm happy to report the TAURUS has some serious kick. The key here is texture and accuracy more than in-your-face slam, and when you get those right the perception of impact just happens naturally. So don't think for a second the TAURUS is one of those light, airy sounding amps which is really "pretty" but doesn't have enough guts."
Bold lettering mine. The description of the Taurus MK2 sound, especially w/the HD800 in this review is 100% accurate. I'll put emphasis on some of the soundstage description in the review : Precision imaging, micro detail & localization. The term I used was depth to describe localization. I've never heard soundstage localization & precision imaging this good before. I believe that the reviewer's terms texture & accuracy are the main attributes for this phenomena.
Let us know your thoughts when you get it even if it takes a month or so since you probably won't want to do anything else but listen to your new Taurus.