Originally Posted by Chodi
Yes, I commented earlier that the change even after 24 hours of burn in was the most change I have ever experienced from any component. The thing is, I am now over 100 hours into this and it has only recently reached a plateau. You can expect even more improvement. This has completely changed my opinion of burn in on solid state components.
I think all this burn in stuff is very subjective and a lot of nay sayers will insist that what you are hearing is your ears getting used to a 'new' sound.....or expectation bias, where our ears are sub consciously telling us we are hearing something better than we were before.
I think the subject is very polarising with one camp swearing by it whereas the other camp totally poo pooing the notion.
When a difference is so obvious though, as I heard last night it is a revelation and almost a eureka moment.
To elaborate a little I had the Taurus on all day running my LCD-X's quietly in the background but not critically listening.
I watched the Masters golf to its first round conclusion then thought I will just have a quick listen before I go to bed. I am a huge fan of Daft Punk......Gallic genius in my opinion. Out of all their music my favourite track is Da Funk......so I know the track inside out.
What I heard last night from the Taurus and my LCD-X's was mind blowing. The sound can only be described as incendiary but totally controlled. The X's have the ability to go really loud without break up or distortion so are a perfect partner for the Taurus. I know I never heard my old HD800's through the Taurus but one of the reasons I sold them was because I found them uninspiring and a bit uninvolving at times. The X's have cured that ten fold!
The bottom line is, the Taurus isn't exactly cheap so you would expect stellar performance. But all too often in the world of hi end hifi the product proves to be less than the sum of its parts and you ultimately end up disappointed.....a bit like I was with he HD800's.
Well even after just two days use I can announce that the Taurus absolutely delivers....in spades. I think it will prove to be the best all round amp available at the moment because it sounds fantastic over a variety of musical genres. I have just been listening to The Doug Macleod album recommended above and it sounds awesome. Before that I was listening to Katie Melua. Her voice bought me out in Goosebumps. This is surely what you should feel when you listen to music....a personal connection, call it what you want.....but whatever it is the Taurus has it.
People describe their end game system. This combination of Taurus amp ,Benchmark DAC2 HGC Dac and Audeze LCD-X headphones might just be mine!