Serbian company Auris has released its Euterpe headphone amplifier, which doubles-up as a stand for your headphones, and is also able to be used as a DAC/preamp.
Manufactured entirely in Auris’ own factory in Kruševac, Serbia, the Euterpe takes its name from Greek mythology, Euterpe, the Goddess of Music, and one of the nine Muses. The chosen name was the result of a social media competition, with the person whose name was chosen winning a Euterpe. The external design of the Euterpe where a steel chassis is sandwiched between slabs of carved real oak, was the invention of Valentin Kazanzhi, CEO of headphone manufacturer Kennerton, whose own Atlas headphone amplifier uses a similar ‘art chassis.’ (For the record, the circuitry of the Euterpe is completely different from that of the Atlas.)
The Euterpe uses a single-ended Class-A amplifier output stage, using a pair of PL95 and a single ECC81 to deliver 0.9-watts per channel into an unbalanced 6.5mm headphone socket that’s switchable for low impedance (32–80Ω) or high impedance (>150Ω) headphones. The onboard ESS Sabre DAC can handle USB DSD64/128 digital signals and up to 32-Bit/384kHz PCM, input via the USB-B or coaxial inputs respectively.
In addition to coaxial digital and USB inputs, the Auris Euterpe also has an analogue input (via RCA) and a line-level output (via RCA). It uses an outboard power supply (PSU) which links to the Euterpe via a custom umbilical cable and provides both d.c. and a.c. voltages via a multi-pin connection. Available for pre-order now, the Auris Euterpe retails for €1,499.
Manufacturer’s Specifications: Auris Euterpe Headphone DAC/Pre
Power Output: 0.9W
Output Impedance: Low 32-80Ω/High >150Ω
Outputs: 6.3mm jack/RCA
Dimensions (WHD): 270×210×230mm
Price: €1,499 (RRP)
For more information, contact Auris