Loaner: Pathos Aurium Headphone Amp

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  1. ChaChaRealSmooth

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    Thanks to Upscale Audio and @E_Schaaf again, we can offer the Pathos Aurium for a limited CONUS loaner tour. Rules will be similar to the previous tour with the Feliks Euphoria/Echo:
    1. Friends only (members w/ history of leaving impressions preferred)
    2. CONUS only (apologies to non-CONUS friends)
    3. 5 days each
    4. UPS/FedEx only, insure for 50% of value, signature required (if you use USPS you will be banned from loaners. Too many loaners have gone MIA through USPS). Note: For this loaner the insurance is $850.
    5. @E_Schaaf must be CC'd in messages where address is shared, as well as given the tracking number. This is because he is required to keep track of the tour's current progress at all times.
    Here is the website link (doesn't have much info but hey): http://www.pathosacoustics.com/product-en/amplificatori-inpol-4-en/amplificatori-inpol-12-en.html

    If you tube roll, only roll 6922/6DJ8 compatible tubes. You will be held accountable for any damage done to the amp if you choose to tube roll and things break!

    Sign up below (I think I'll make this loaner go from east to west Tour order has changed to better accommodate all members, limit 10 for now):
    1. @Thenewerguy009, CA
    2. @tommytakis, CA
    3. @fp627, CA
    4. @DEATHxMACHINE, WA
    5. @dubharmonic, IL
    6. @jexby, CO
    7. @ChaChaRealSmooth, CA (either ends with me or gets sent back to @E_Schaaf)
     
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  2. dubharmonic

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    I'm interested, I was just reading about this amp the other day.

    Chicago, IL.
     
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    I'd like to try it.

    Pasadena, CA

    I was always interested in hearing one of the Pathos Aurium amps.
     
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    In please. place me last behind other SBAF members, or my colorado location in geographic order.
    thanks @E_Schaaf !
     
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    I wonder how it compares to a Drop CTH. Let us know.
     
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    I would like to join this loaner tour. I live in Eastern WA.
     
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    Subscribed. I have ordered one of these. Waiting arrives.
     
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    Hello, I would like to join the loaner tour if you’ll have me! My experience is limited, but would like more exposure to tube amps and practice writing impressions so that I can be of more use to this community. I’m located in los angeles, CA.

    Thank you for this opportunity @ChaChaRealSmooth and SBAF. I know this is a privilege that comes with trust and will never take it for granted.
     
  9. E_Schaaf

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    My $0.02 on this unit (and I won't say too much because I know it's bad taste for MOTs to subjectively expound on their own products) -

    It's a solid piece. Class-A, no feedback, 6922 on the front end, MOSFET output stage. Ships with your standard fare Electro-Harmonix. Included in the loaner will also be a SBooster PSU (in addition to the standard SMPS PSU). Upscale Audio imports and distributes both Pathos and SBooster in North America. Both the SBooster and the Aurium will come in one shipping box for this tour.

    Aurium has a nice snappy dynamic profile, quite smooth throughout and with good extension. Adjustable trim on the input is useful for matching with various headphones. Runs quiet enough for some (but not all) IEMs. This thing can actually drive my HE6 quite respectably - pretty damn impressive for something this small. Balance adjustment is useful for analog sources too.
     
  10. ChaChaRealSmooth

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    Tour order has been updated and finalized for the current people signed up. I'll keep the loaner slots open until the end of this week, then @E_Schaaf can get in touch with @Thenewerguy009 to start.
     
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    I’d like to join if still open please.

    I heard this once a long time ago for a few minutes and was impressed enough that I put it on the “try again and maybe buy list” except I haven’t had the chance to try it again... nor do I have the space for this right now..... I really need to make some space for my audio gear.

    Edit: Thanks for adding me Chacha and once again thank you SBAF for being an awesome resource!
     
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    This was the little cute amp that opened my ears to the hybrid ways. I was lucky enough to try this and later the crimson and because it fitted my budget i was so focused into getting one until someone here made a miracle. It has been some years so i am curious to the impressions about it. Always felt that it deserved more attention than it got.
     
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