I'm going to be sending the demo Palaios I received on a USA tour. If you are interested in being a part of it, shoot me a PM. You will need to provide your own 9v battery to use the amp. Current members are:
The demo unit has wooden case identical to the pics posted earlier in the tread. My understanding is that the finished product will have a clear coat and shinier finish.
The 3.5mm jacks are counterintuitive- the headphone out is next to the volume knob and the analog input is on the far side of the amp. It's probably too late to change but, to me, it would be better to have the input in the center, next to the volume knob to accommodate most daps with LOD configurations. Right angle headphone connectors tend to get in the way being placed next to the volume knob as well.
I haven't had a lot of time to gather in depth thoughts on the SQ but suffice to say, I think it sounds very nice. It reminds me of the Ortofon MHd-Q7 in that it seems slightly mid focused but is fuller sounding than the Ortofon. The midrange sounds rich and analog (for lack of a better term). Treble and bass take a slight back seat to the lush midrange. Soundstage is spacious and open.
I actually like this amp with the JH13 more so than the Meier Quickstep. With the QS, the JH13 has too much bass emphasis and the 10k treble peak is more prominent. On the Palaios the midrange is the focus with bass and treble sounding more neutral in presentation. Conversely I prefer the QS with the ER-4S to the Palaios. It has better low level detail retrieval, better dynamics and a more robust bottom end for the Ety. All in all it is very nice sounding amp.
As posted early, here are the specs from the manufacturer:Battery life: 20Hr
THD @ 1kHz: < 0.0005%
SNR @ 1kHz: > 86dB
Voltage Gain: 2.5x
Output swing: > ±4V
Output current: 35mA
I'll be sending the amp off to a member of the tour in the next couple of days.
Here are some promotional pics from the manufacturer http://sqdtechhk.wix.com/palaios
Edited by shotgunshane - 11/12/13 at 4:05pm