Headphone Amplifiers

AURALiC TAURUS MKII Balanced Headphone Amp Review


AURALiC TAURUS MKII Balanced Headphone Amp Review Highlights

Newcomer AURALiC brings headphonaphiles one of the best performing headphone amps we have tested and I have heard. The sound it produces is extremely transparent and dynamic. Music of all types is recreated with passion and emotion to match the artists performing. Pair it with the AURALiC VEGA DAC, and the HiFiMAN HE-6 for a truly reference quality personal audio system.

AURALiC TAURUS MKII Balanced Headphone Amp Review

AURALiC TAURUS MKII Balanced Headphone Amp Highlights Summary

  • • Phenomenal dynamic sound
  • • Transparent, veil-lifting
  • • Plenty of power
  • • Excellent build quality

Introduction to the AURALiC TAURUS MKII Balanced Headphone Amp Review

Professional electronic and recording engineer Xuanqian Wang and business manager Yuan Wang founded AURALiC with the idea of reproducing the tiniest details of music in order for the emotion and inspiration to flow through. Music is art and their goal is to connect the listener with the musician, allowing them to experience something more than sound. I had the opportunity to meet Xuanqian recently at the 2014 Munich High End Audio Show. He was full of knowledge and enthusiasm for high quality music reproduction. I got a preview of their upcoming music streamer and custom software and came away feeling there is a reason the VEGA DAC and TAURUS headphone amp perform so well- they know what they're doing.


  • Design: Solid State Headphone Amplifier
  • Power Output: 32 Ohms: 1.2 Watts Unbalanced, 4.5 Watts Balanced; 120 Ohms: 1.2 Watts Unbalanced, 4.5 Watts Balanced; 300 Ohms: 0.5 Watts Unbalanced, 2 Watts Balanced; 600 Ohms: 0.25 Watts Unbalanced, 1 Watt Balanced
  • MFR: 3 Hz - 300 kHz, ± 3 dB / 20 Hz - 20kHz, ± 0.1 dB
  • THD+N: <0.002%, 20Hz-20KHz at Rated Output
  • Dynamic Range: >130dB, 20Hz-20KHz, A-weighted
  • Crosstalk: <-80dB at 1KHz
  • Inputs: RCA Analog, XLR Analog
  • Sensitivity: 4 Volts
  • Outputs: 1/4" Jack Unbalanced, 4-pin Headphone Jack Balanced, RCA Pre-Out, XLR Pre-Out
  • Dimensions: 2.6" H x 11" W x 9'' D
  • Weight: 8 Pounds
  • MSRP: $1,899 USD
  • SECRETS Tags: Headphone Amp, AURALiC TAURUS, Class-A, Balanced, 2014 Headphone Amp Reviews, MKll, AFN402

The design of the TAURUS was inspired by the work done on analog mixing consoles by Rupert Neve. That was obviously a great choice of inspiration as the TAURUS reproduces music with an enchanting and blissful tone. The AURALiC TAURUS MKII is hands down one of the best headphone amps on the market.

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