High End Munich 2019 with Auris Audio

As much as I like to pretend that my audio-reviewer self is free of pre-conceptions and prejudice I would be lying if I said ‘how a product looks’ does not affect me.

My early auditions of Auris Audio’s integrated amplifiers were definitely affected by my elitist artist brain saying, “Herb, this amplifier sounds really good, but look at that leather and wood! These products are more House & Garden decorator items than serious audiophile gear.”

I figured Auris did a careful job executing some well-proven vintage tube circuit and then wrapped their redux-engineering in expensive leather and polished wood. Because of the leather, I figured it was made in Italy. But I was completely wrong.

All Auris products are designed by Auris founder/CEO Milomir Trosik and built – from scratch – in-house in Serbia. And, the more I looked at these full-sized headphone amplifiers, the more I thought: they would elegantly grace the top of any desk or bureau they might find themselves on.

Now that I have accepted their how they look, I can experience them more objectively.

Each of the three Auris Audio headphone amplifiers I auditioned played familiar recordings with top-shelf, difficult-to-drive headphones (like the JPS Labs Abyss AB-1266 Phi and the HiFiMan Susvara) with complete ease, distinctive force, and a super-transparent vividosity.

The first Auris amplifier I auditioned was the sleek two-box (single-ended EL-34 amplifier + linear power supply) called “Nirvana” (€4,500 + VAT). It puts 6W, and sounded extremely solid clear and lively. It drove the AB-1266 Phi with ease and had more than enough gain to drive the insensitive (83dB/1mW) HiFiMan Susvara.

The second Auris headphone amplifier I auditioned, the €5,999 (+ VAT) “Headonia” 2A3, stunned me like a deer in car headlights. As I listened, I shook my head thinking, this thing can’t be this good. I was dumfounded, I told Milomir Trosik that this was the best amplifier I had experienced with the HiFiMan Susvara. Smiling coyly he replied, “I designed the Headonia 2A3 specifically for the Susvara.” Laughing, he added, “Actually, I designed the Headonia to drive two Susvara at the same time.”

Then he put me on the spot, “So Herb, what difference do you hear between the Nirvana and Headonia?” I smiled, “The EL34 pentode Nirvana uses negative feedback; and, the more relaxed, open, naturally-dynamic, 2A3 triode Headonia does not.” We both laughed at my obvious observation and moved over to audition Auris’ newest headphone-DAC-line-stage the €1,499 “Euterpe” after the Greek goddess of music and poetry. Like the harp-playing goddess, the Euterpe has extraordinary form-factor.

Nestled between its Greek harp-shaped sides, there is a genuine tube line-level amplifier with a 0.9W headphone amplifier, and an ESS Sabre DAC. Line inputs consist of one pair RCAs and one pair XLR. The Euterpe uses Yugoslavian tubes and, best of all the whole contraption weighs 11kg. and doubles as a headphone stand. Bravo Auris!

Auris Audio
Mike Stojanovica 11 37000 KRUSEVAC Serbia